April 15, 2019

Phase Change: Transformations in Facade
Design, Engineering and Fabrication

AIA CES Registered
Attendees will earn 6 AIA LU|HSU credits

Minnesota has a unique and profound impact on the trajectory of contemporary facades. It’s an epicenter of expertise in architectural glass, curtainwall systems, metal cladding, and kinetic enclosures. Its extreme climate promotes rigorous technical thinking and innovations in enclosure design. It’s bold outlook has welcomed landmark architecture from architects around the world. And the complexity of work flowing through Minnesota has generated highly sophisticated practices that transform the shape of facade design and technology in a changing world.

Join the Facade Tectonics Institute as we touch down in Minneapolis for a regional Forum that brings together architects, engineers, fabricators, and academics to confront four themes central to the ever-evolving facade: energy-efficiency and sustainability, digital technology, kinetic and dynamic components, and material evolution.

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Confirmed Speakers

Alex Terzich

Senior Associate / Adjunct Assistant Professor, HGA Architects & Engineers / University of Minnesota

Alissa Schmidt, LEED AP BD+C

Technical Resources Manager, Viracon

Blaine Brownell

Associate Professor, University of Minnesota Twin Cities

Carly Coulson, AIA, LEED AP, CPHD

Owner & Architect, COULSON

Chris O’Hara

Founding Principal and the Facade Director – Skins Group, Studio NYL

Clayton Binkley

Associate, Arup

John Lanari

General Manager – Kinetics, Enclos

Lisa Matthiessen, FAIA, LEED Fellow

National Sustainable Design Director, HGA

Martin J. Augustyniak

Facade and Roof Cladding Specialist, Walter P Moore

Matthew Kreilich, FAIA, LEED AP

Design Principal, Snow Kreilich Architects

Maure Creager

Building Science Manager, SageGlass

Mic Patterson, PhD, LEED AP+

Ambassador of Innovation & Collaboration, The Facade Tectonics Institute

Mike P. McGrath

President, MG McGrath

Phil Kolbo

Associate Principal, Populous

Ryan Rademacher, AIA

Vice President of Design, Radius Track Corporation

Scott Murray

Associate Professor, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Srinidhi Murali

Sr. Building Information Leader, Permasteelisa North America

Tom Carruthers

Principal, Dream The Combine


Program is subject to change.
Day 1
15 Apr 2019
8:30 am - 9:00 am


Mic Patterson, PhD, LEED AP+
Lisa Matthiessen, FAIA, LEED Fellow

Session 1 – Thermal Expansion

Our notion of what constitutes an efficient and sustainable facade is evolving, shaped by energy conservation codes, advances in energy modeling and a growing field of environmental design consultants. To focus the topic, we're bringing together three complementary minds: a professor who wrote the book on contemporary curtain wall architecture, an architect with an uncompromising commitment to energy-efficiency, and a sustainability consultant working on global projects with a progressive agenda. Join Scott Murray of University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Carly Coulson of COULSON, Molly Eagen of Atelier Ten, and Lisa Matthiessen of HGA as they interlace an historical overview of facades and energy with examples of built work that have realized radical reductions in resource use.
10:45 am - 11:15 am

Networking Break

Srinidhi Murali

Session 2 – Computational Thinking

Today's leading design and fabrication workplaces each have a specialized digital pipeline or workflow to meet the needs of documentation, coordination, visualization and quantification. Although we're persuaded to believe that one tool can do it all, the very diversity of our industry resists that kind of singularity, relying instead on the interoperability of multiple software platforms. Nowhere is the need for digital interoperability more pronounced than during the handoff from architect to contractor to fabricator. Join Phil Kolbo of Populous, Chini Murali of Permasteelisa, Ryan Rademacher of RadiusTrack, and Alex Terzich of HGA and the University of Minnesota as they explore projects like the new Populous-designed Allianz Field soccer stadium, SHoP's Uber Headquarters, and DS+R's US Olympic Museum to help illustrate this and other themes that are central to advanced digital technology in the facade industry.
12:45 pm - 1:45 pm

Lunch Break

Clayton Binkley

Session 3 – Unstatic

Most architecture is static and constant, predictable and fixed. But then there are those rare projects that are dynamic, interactive, and responsive. Kinetic architecture can be as efficient as it is captivating. It can be highly mechanized or cleverly low-tech. It's a growing industry that mostly flies under the radar, with some of the biggest kinetic fabrications in the world originating here in Minnesota. To shed light on this small but significant part of the industry, we bring together John Lanari of Enclos Kinetics, Mike McGrath of MG McGrath, Maure Creager of Sage Electrochromics, Tom Carruthers of Dream the Combine, Clayton Binkley of Arup, and Mic Patterson of the Facade Tectonics Institute to present the how and why of kinetic and dynamic facades.
3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Networking Break

Chris O’Hara

Session 4 – Material Acceleration

The explosion of new cladding materials could be traced to a number of causes: a trickling down of technology from other industries, the effort to do more with less, and the simple urge to innovate. As more products enter the marketplace, there's also a counterpoint, where traditional cladding materials are being manipulated and adapted for very specific needs. Join Blaine Brownell of the University of Minnesota, Martin Augustyniak of Walter P. Moore, Alissa Schmidt of Viracon, Will Babbington of Studio NYL, and Matt Kreilich of Snow Kreilich Architects as they look at a broad range of material developments, from glass that inverts the modernist notion of immateriality, to developments in high-performance membranes, to extraordinary uses of ordinary materials.
Mic Patterson, PhD, LEED AP+


University of Minnesota

McNamara Alumni Center, Memorial Hall
200 Southeast Oak Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455