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Facades+ AM in Austin – July 18th, 2017




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 to Austin, Texas for the first time ever.

7:30 – 8:15


Sponsored by  WWGlass



  • Michael Antenora
  • Antenora Architects LLP
  • Founding Principal
  • Austin Co-Chair


8:30 – 9:35

1. Digital Design and Fabrication Frontiers

Building facades have evolved throughout the years from empirically-based, load-bearing, mass masonry facades, to modern, lightweight and with an immeasurable variety of geometric and material configurations. But how do we efficiently analyze and engineer these complex geometries to balance technical performance requirements with aesthetics, constructability, and cost?  Hear about new techniques for fabrication that are just hitting the market and what is coming on the horizon.


  • Heath May
  • Director


  • Kory Bieg
  • Principal
  • OTA+


  • Anthony Birchler
  • Vice President Engineering
  • A. Zahner Company


9:35 – 9:50

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass

9:50 – 10:55

2. Made in Texas: Collaboration between Architect and Engineer

The relationship between architect and engineer is an important one in the realization of brilliant projects. Our panelists will discuss this special relationship and their solutions to the unique opportunities and challenges of building in the culture and climate of Texas


  • G. Charles Naeve
  • Founding Principal
  • Architectural Engineers Collaborative
  • Gordon B. Bingaman
  • Associate Principal
  • Antenora Architects LLP
  • Ken Jones
  • Principal
  • Miro Rivera Architects


10:55 – 11:10

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass

11:10 – 12:15

3. Austin’s Changing Skyline

Austin has rapidly gained a reputation as a forward-looking city, in part due to a vibrant approach to growth, density, and urbanization. Listen to three leading architects talk about their projects that have contributed the changing face and skyline of Austin as a truly global city.


  • Brett Rhode
  • Principal
  • Rhode Partners


  • Sinclair Black
  • Principal
  • Black+Vernooy


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