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Facades+ DC



Join Us in Washington, DC on March 15th for Facades+ DC!

The program includes three sessions covering issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the future face of DC. 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 DC this March.


Attendees Include:

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


John Jackson | Simpson, Gumpertz, & Heger


  1. Transparency: Innovative Glazing Systems in our Nation’s Capital
  2. Opacity: Beyond the Bricks and Mortar
  3. Connectivity: Where Transparency and Opacity Meet

Speaker Line-Up To Be Announced

Extra Credit Lunch and Learn After Facades+AM


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


Sponsored by

8:15 – 8:30


    • John Jackson
    • CO-CHAIR

Senior Staff

  • Simpson Gumpertz & Heger


8:30 – 9:35

1.  Transparency: Innovative Glazing Systems in our Nation’s Capital

Glass and glazing systems have come a long way in DC, from punched windows and stick-built curtain walls of the past to contemporary unitized all-glass curtain walls and specialty custom glazing systems. This panel will explore the many facets of architectural design, engineering, and construction of modern glazing systems in the Washington, D.C. market.


  • Bradford Carpenter
  • Principal
  • SGH


  • Jim Bald
  • Operations Director
  • Harmon


  • Laura Croce
  • Principal
  • Shalom Baranes Associates


9:35 – 9:50

Networking Break

Sponsored by  

9:50 – 10:55

2. Opacity: Beyond the Bricks and Mortar   Envelope Performance in Context

What makes a modern exterior wall system unique and stand out amongst the concrete boxes and mass masonry walls of Washington, D.C.’s past? This panel will take a fresh look at opaque façade systems, from barrier walls to rainscreen cavity walls and everything in between, and how these systems are designed for performance in the local climate and help to achieve the overall design aspirations of the building façade.


  • Martina Driscoll
  • Principal
  • WJE


  • Kevin Gannon
  • Director — Program Development


  • Colin MacKillop
  • Senior Associate
  • Quinn Evans Architects


10:55 – 11:10

Networking Break

Sponsored by  

11:10 – 12:15

3.Connectivity: Where Transparency and Opacity Meet

The transition between transparent and opaque is a cornerstone of modern facade design and inextricably link one system to the other. This panel will discuss the critical interface between these systems and the careful attention to detail required not only to ensure air, water, vapor, and thermal continuity, but to allow for differential movement, tolerances of the construction trades, and to meet the architectural design intent where cladding meets glazing.


  • Chloe Hiyu
  • Principal
  • HOK


  • Ryan Waltke
  • Senior Project Architect
  • Gensler


  • Jesse Wadeson
  • Quality Executive
  • Clark Construction


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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  • 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 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.