Facades+ AM


Join Us in Seattle

The program includes three sessions covering issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, future-proofing high performance facades, and the changing face of Seattle. These well-rounded, expert dialogues will inform and inspire.

The Facades+ conference series is a robust dialogue encompassing all things building skin—bridging the profession, industry, academia, operations, and ownership. We’ve distilled the best of the Facades+ 2-day event into a quick-take morning forum with a strong local flair. Facades+AM is returning to Seattle on December 7th, 2018.

Attendees Include:

  • AIA Members
  • Architects
  • Architecture Students and Faculty
  • Building Envelope Specialists
  • Construction Professionals
  • Developers
  • Engineers
  • Manufacturers
  • Materials Specialists


Blair Payson | Olson Kundig

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Bruce McEvoy | Principal | Perkins+Will


  1. Transparency: Innovative Glazing Systems in our Nation’s Capital
  2. Opacity: Beyond the Bricks and Mortar
  3. Connectivity: Where Transparency and Opacity Meet
Extra Credit Lunch and Learn After Facades+AM


3 Exhibitor Presentations

Lunch will be served and 4 CEU credits will be provided. Directly follows the Facades+AM morning forum. Only $25.

  • LU eligible:
  • 3 LU/HSW hours

Sign up for the Extra Credit Afternoon using the button below.

Only $25 including lunch.


The rapidly developing technology of high-performance facades has emerged as the key to building integration, and central to the realization of resilient buildings and a sustainable built environment. The building skin combines attributes of appearance and performance like nothing else in architecture. There is much to discuss. We invite you to join the conversation as we bring this forum back to Washington DC in 2018.

    7:30 – 8:15      

Registration and Breakfast

Sponsored by  WWGlass
    8:15 – 8:30    


Emilie Hagen

Associate Director, Atelier Ten

Emilie Hagen is the Associate Director of Atelier Ten’s San Francisco office, and a member of the Façade Tectonics Steering Committee. She is an expert in building performance with over a decade of experience in the application of advanced building analysis, including facade optimization, shading analysis, net zero water and energy, resiliency, and carbon management.

    8:30 – 9:35    

1. Beyond Little Boxes: Innovations in Facade Design and Delivery

South and Eastern Neighborhoods of San Francisco are the site of radical transformations of the Bay Area’s building stock from multi-family residential to innovative medical and college campuses. Hear from AEC experts leaving their mark as they bring the next generation of buildings to San Francisco.


Stanley Saitowitz Principal Natoma Architects

Stanley Saitowitz was born in Johannesburg, South Africa and received his Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Witwatersrand in 1974 and his Masters in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. He is an Emeritus Professor of Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. He has taught at numerous schools, including the Elliot Noyes Professor, Harvard University GSD (1991-2), the Bruce Goff Professor, University of Norman, Oklahoma (1993), UCLA, Rice, SCIARC, Cornell, Syracuse, and University of Texas at Austin. He has given more than 200 public lectures in the United States and abroad. His first house was built in 1975, and together with Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects Inc., has completed numerous buildings and projects. These have been residential, commercial and institutional. He has designed houses, housing, master plans, offices, museums, libraries, wineries, synagogues, churches, commercial and residential interiors, memorials, urban landscapes and promenades. Amongst many awards, the Transvaal House was declared a National Monument by the Monuments Council in South Africa in 1997, the New England Holocaust Memorial received the Henry Bacon Medal in 1998, and in 2006 he was a finalist for the Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt National Design Award given by Laura Bush at the White House. Three books have been published on the work, and articles have appeared in many magazines and newspapers. His paintings, drawings and models have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums.

Lisa Iwamoto
Founding Partner
IwamotoScott Architecture

Lisa Iwamoto received her Master of Architecture degree with Distinction from Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Structural Engineering from the University of Colorado. She has previously worked as a Structural Engineer at Bechtel Corporation in San Francisco, and Architectural Designer at Schwartz Silver Architects, and Thompson and Rose in Boston, and Architectural Intern at Morphosis in Santa Monica. She has taught previously at the University of Michigan where she was a Muschenheim Fellow, Harvard University, Cornell University, Sydney University and Southern California Institute of Architecture. She is currently Professor of Architecture at the University of California Berkeley, where she was named the inaugural Doris and Clarence Malo Collegium Teaching Chair in Design, and where her design research concentrates on the perceptual performance of material and digital fabrication techniques.

Mark Cavagnero
Founding Partner
Mark Cavagnero

As the founding principal of Mark Cavagnero Associates Architects, Mark provides leadership over the design of all projects within the office. Mark brings over three decades of expertise in the planning, design and construction of civic, educational and cultural facilities and his efforts in the process will aid in the creation spaces that are inspiring, functional, durable and well-detailed.
    9:35 – 9:50    

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass
    9:50 – 10:55    

2. Redefining Performance: Future-Proof Building Envelopes for a Changing Bay

Defining performance criteria for building envelopes is a crucial step in future-proofing projects.

Leading designers and engineers will speak on their latest projects and how they’ve defined performance characteristics in the process.


Sanjeev Tankha Director Walter P Moore

Sanjeev leads Walter P Moore’s Enclosure Engineering practice. His expertise lies in developing elegant façade design solutions that balance structure, sustainability, and comfort for the users. Sanjeev’s experience is on a wide variety of projects including aviation, sports, civic, commercial, transportation, and hospitality. He has instructed at SciARC, a center of innovation and education, on integrated facades and at the University of Southern California’s School of Architecture on designing with glass. He is a registered architect in California as well as a LEED Accredited Professional. His Master of Building Sciences is from the University of Southern California, School of Architecture and his Bachelor of Architecture is from the School of Planning and Architecture in New Delhi.

Alex Cox
Development Manager

With a background which combines structural & mechanical engineering, architecture, and construction, Alex has 20+ years of experience in the design of structures and facades. He has worked as a structural engineer and facade consultant in the US and SE Asia, and is currently a business development manager for Permasteelisa North America on the west coast.
    10:55 – 11:10    

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass
    11:10 – 12:15    

3. Horizontal Vs Vertical: The Development of Transbay Terminal & Salesforce Tower

As the new Transbay Terminal and Salesforce Tower near competition, hear from some of the design team that delivered San Francisco’s most influential new additions to the downtown skyline and streetscape.


Mirjam Link Senior Project Manager
Boston Properties

An accomplished real estate professional with over fourteen years of combined work experience in Real Estate Development, Investment, and Architecture. Mirjam has a proven track record in managing large-scale ground-up developments, and overseeing acquisitions and dispositions in the commercial and mixed-use sector. Mirjam’s responsibilities and expertise include managing complex interdisciplinary design and engineering teams, securing entitlements, permits and environmental approvals, leading community outreach, overseeing ground-up construction, renovations and TI build outs, and being the lead on branding, marketing and leasing. Other responsibilities include sourcing deals and responding to RFPs for new projects.
1:00 – 4:00

Extra Credit Lunch and Learn After Facades+AM


Lunch will be served and 4 CEU credits will be provided. Directly follows the Facades+AM morning forum. Only $25.

Presentations by

1. STI FIRESTOP (2 Credits)

2. TBA

3. TBA

Sign up for the Extra Credit Afternoon using the button below.

LU eligible: 3 LU/HSW hours

Only $25 including lunch.


Join the dialogue!


Facades+ Cancellation, Postponement, Substitution Policy and Terms Full registration amount returned if cancelled before 11:59 pm EST January 22nd, 2017. A|N will retain 10% of registration cost on any cancellations from January 22nd, 2017 through 11:59 pm EST February 19th, 2018. There will be no refunds for cancellations after 11:59 pm EST February 19th, 2018. We highly encourage you to transfer your registration to a colleague instead of cancelling.


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Event Venue & Hotel

  • Forum Location:
    Motif Seattle
    1415 Fifth Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98101
  • Hotel:
    1415 Fifth Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98101
  • Register online or If anyone prefers to speak to a reservation agent, they can be reached at 1-855-515-1144 using the block code THEA1205. All reservations must be made by November 7, 2017. Special rate for The Architect’s Newspaper Facades+ attendees: $149 not incl. fees and taxes.
  • Parking: Standard Prevailing rate of $39.04 w/tax per night/vehicle. 24 hr unlimited in/out privileges until 4pm day of departure. Non-hotel Guests: (range) 0-1hr $9 | 3-4hrs: $18 | 10-24hrs:$39 tax inclusive.


  • SPONSORS CAN SET UP ON SUN. AFTERNOON & MON. MORNING 2 – 4 pm Sun. Sept. 24, day before event and/or 6:15 am Mon. Sept. 25, morning of event
  • Please do not send oversize packages or crates. This is a tabletop show, not a booth, and there is ltd. storage space at the venue. Please get approval ahead of time for anything oversized or the packages may be refused. Contact Susan Kramer at skramer@archpaper.com for Shipping Address and Logistics.


  • Will I receive confirmation of my registration?
    Yes, once we have processed your registration and payment, you will get an email confirmation detailing your registration.
  • Do I need to bring my registration confirmation to the conference?
    Yes, it’s always a good idea.
  • What do I need to bring if I registered as a Student?
    Bring a current student ID card with your photo and present it when checking in.
  • When do I get my badge and/or event tickets?
    Badges will be provided at check-in at the site on the day of the event.

Photo Gallery

Photos from our recent Kansas City event at the Crown Plaza Downtown Hotel: Methods+Materials Gallery networking and rapt audience at the forum.

Sign up for Information on the Program & Sponsorships

Diana Darling
212.966.0630 ex. 11
Event Logistics
Susan Kramer
212.966.0630 ex. 14
Marty Wood
212.966.0630 ex. 23