Recap | Facade Tectonics 7 conference

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

An assortment of industry professionals, academics and students gathered for the University of Southern California School of Architecture’s Facade Tectonics 7 conference on Friday, December 2nd. The seventh in the series of this biannual event featured design and technical presentations from an assortment of stakeholders in the building envelope, including leading architects, engineers, contractors, suppliers and researchers.

Facade Tectonics was initially established by the school’s PhD program as a research focus group in 2008. The conference series has experienced significant growth for each consecutive event, resulting in consistenly sold-out conferences,  number 7 being no exception. Enclos staff and USC PhD candidates Mic Patterson, director of strategic development, and Jeffrey Vaglio, design engineer, were each cited Friday for their pivotal roles in the development of the conference. Students from SCI-Arc and other neighboring architectural schools were also in attendance.

Presentation topics ran the gamut of facade design and implementation considerations, and ranged from theory to the ultimately pragmatic. Over a dozen speakers discussed the increasing complexities of the building skin, showcasing this building system’s growing diversity. Design presentations included Steven Ehrlich, design principal at Ehrlich Architects, speaking on his culturally driven architectural anthropologist approach. Neil M. Denari, design principle at Neil M. Denari Architects, used his nearly completed HL23 project in Manhattan as a vehicle to discuss the nuances of visual effects in architecture. Technical presentations included process integration of BIM in engineered-to-order facade systems by Michel Michno, vice president of Enclos, and metal backpan rain screen curtainwall detailing from Kevin Kavanagh, associate at CO Architects. Sanjeev Tankha, associate principle at Buro Happold, concluded the conference with his presentation of Soft Skins: Membranes in the Building Envelope.

U.S.C.’s School of Architecture will be publishing the Facade Tectonics journal in weeks to come.

Facade Tectonics 8 is scheduled for June 29-30, 2012. The Call for Papers schedule is available here.