May 3, 2019

Material Matters: Emerging Strategies and Design Practices
for Facade Systems, Buildings, and Urban Habitat

AIA CES Registered
Attendees will earn 6 AIA LU|HSU credits
Certificate of Attendance will be provided for ConEd Units


The building facade system uniquely impacts both performance and appearance at the combined scales of building and metropolis. The outcome of a new facade system program or renovation largely determines the lifecycle success of a building, and together these buildings largely define the ongoing success of urban habitat. Nothing in architecture has seen more applied innovation over recent decades than the building skin. Yet, navigating the implementation of a contemporary facade system program remains the single most challenging component of building design and construction. Escalating energy code requirements, increasingly complex facade system technology, emerging novel delivery strategies, convoluted supply chains and a constantly morphing risk environment combine to challenge the most savvy and experienced design and building teams.

Join the Facade Tectonics Institute as we touch down in Toronto for a regional Forum that brings together architects, engineers, fabricators, general contractors, developers, owners, and academics to confront four themes central to ever-evolving facade technology, themes engaging facade design, delivery, renewal, materiality, sustainability and resilience.

Confirmed Speakers

Alex Lukachko, M.Arch.

Principal and Senior Building Science Specialist, RDH

Annette Matthews

Project Manager, G.S.C, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Antonio Monserrat

Sales Manager, seele

Arthur Huard

Principal, GlassCan Corporation

David De Rose, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., BSSO

Managing Principal, Synergy Partners

Don Delaney, P.Eng.

Engineering Manager, Flynn Group of Companies

Doron Meinhard

Associate Partner, Hariri Pontarini Architects

Gordon Stratford, OAA, FRAIC, TSA

Chair, City of Toronto Design Review Panel

Hamid Vossoughi,
PE, P. Eng.

Senior Principal, WSP

Harrison Chan, OAA, MRAIC

Principal, WZMH Architects

Helen Sanders, PhD

Strategic Business Development, Technoform North America

John Kooymans, BSc, P.Eng.

Principal, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd

John Peterson

Senior Associate, MJMA

Katie Gould

Program Manager, Facade Tectonics Institute

Kevin Day, LEED AP

President, Krisro Metal Industries

Lori O’Malley, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Building Envelope Engineering Specialist, PCL Constructors Canada Inc.

Mic Patterson, PhD, LEED AP+

Ambassador of Innovation & Collaboration, The Facade Tectonics Institute

Michael Steinhuelb

Vice President, seele

Robert Quattrociocchi, BSSO

Building & Material Sciences Manager - Construction Sciences Division, Ellis Don Corporation

Roberto Bicchiarelli

Lead Concept Designer – Business Development Manager East, Permasteelisa North America

Scott Armstrong

Senior Façade Engineering Specialist, WSP Canada

Ted Kesik, Ph.D., P.Eng.

Professor of Building Science, University of Toronto

Valerie Block

Senior Marketing Specialist, Kuraray America

Yvon Chiasson, ing., P.Eng.

Senior Building Science Specialist, Façade Engineering, Morrison Herschfield


Program is subject to change.
Day 1
03 May 2019
Gordon Stratford, OAA, FRAIC, TSA

Session 1 – Building Innovation

Canada held the spotlight during the last worldwide economic downturn in 2008, leading a local highrise construction boom fueled by market globalization. The number of tower cranes populating the Toronto skyline was unprecedent. Canada Rising was a favorite topic of discussion at industry events like those organized by the Council for Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH). This building boom was not limited to highrise residential buildings but also included institutional and major infrastructure expenditures, including hospitals and universities. The boom continues anew; entire city block developments, major commercial towers (some targeting net-zero), and experimental neighborhoods embracing resilience goals and benefiting from emerging technologies are gaining worldwide attention. Local design and construction teams active in these projects reflect on recent experiences and share thoughts on challenges of the emerging future.
10:15 am - 10:45 am

Networking Break

Roberto Bicchiarelli

Session 2 – Building Material

Aesthetic, experiential and performative behaviors of building skins are deeply influenced by decisions regarding materials, products and systems. The critical importance of the building skin is gradually being recognized as reflected in the new energy step codes, which increase the demands on materials and products and the integration of the facade and building systems. Facade designs are becoming increasingly complex, partially driven by these enhanced performance demands but even more so by the aesthetically driven amplification of formal diversity in the building skin—the pursuit of the iconic—pushing the limits of tradition materials and products and forcing an expansion of the facade materials palette. This session explores developments ranging from new glazing assemblies to advanced material technologies with the potential to extend the current limits of facade and building design and construction.
12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Lunch Break

Annette Matthews

Session 3 – Building Renewal

The construction of the large majority of existing buildings dates to a time when energy was not a primary performance consideration in building design and operation. The facade system was merely a membrane separating inside from out and independent from the building’s mechanical and electrical systems. Consequently, these buildings—many now a half-century old or more—were never good energy performers nor did they provide particularly healthful and productive environments. Now, their renewal presents the most significant opportunity in moving the built environment toward sustainability and resilience goals. National Research Council of Canada publications document significant advances in building science, design and construction practices over past decades. These advances provide necessary knowledge assets as the foundation for quality and timely interventions to upgrade, restore and renew existing building facades with the intent of improving performance and extending building service life. Several retrofit and renewal projects are underway or recently completed in the downtown core, and many stakeholders are evaluating the progress and outcome with an eye to scalability. This session reveals lessons learned from several past and current facade renovation projects.
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

Lori O’Malley, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

Session 4 – Building Futures

Buildings last a long time. What conditions will buildings designed and constructed today face decades from now? The past provides an important experiential foundation. But historical experience is no longer a reliable predictor of future context. Projected futures provide a framework for building from an experiential foundation in a manner that at least attempts to anticipate future context. How effectively can this framework be developed? What are the limitations of this crystal ball exercise, and what are the implications of these limitations? Accelerating social and technological change is an existential threat to the products of today’s building boom, one that demands measures to amplify the adaptive capacity of buildings and their major systems. This session blends reflection on past lessons learned, analysis of current market trends and assessment of future needs, all focused on buildings and urban habitat through the lens of the building skin.
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Networking Reception


University of Toronto

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1C7