8 LU/HSW Credits

7:30 AM – 5:00 PM

Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF
1675 Owens Street
San Francisco, CA      (directions)




Light In Situ
Snøhetta has worked with a number of facade solutions that capture the dynamic character of natural light. Working alongside the logistical and functional needs of a structure, these façade systems provide an emotional and intuitive understanding of place. The notion of a façade has also become a more amorphous thing: a floor can be a facade. When does a wall become a roof? Several structures will be presented and in particular the latest advances in the design of the SFMOMA facades. New designs for surfaces including landscape structures at Times Square in New York City will also be presented.




JULIE IOVINE The Architect’s Newspaper, Moderator


Introductory Remarks



Project Delivery Strategies on Complex Integrated Projects

PHIL WILLIAMS Webcor Builders / Webcor Consulting Group

How we move the bar to enable objective evaluation of new technologies and materials to avoid the “auto-pilot” VE process. The focus of the conversation will be centered around the methods and steps that have been successfully used to introduce new ideas to engaged owners and progressive project teams.


A Collaborative Design and Delivery Process for Complex Enclosures


Faced with the challenge of documenting a complex integrated shell on the ARTIC Intermodal Terminal, HOK and Buro Happold successfully implemented a fully collaborative effort, integrating digital analysis and geometric modeling including MEP, structure, enclosure, and lighting, which are becoming necessary for our most advanced projects. The teams’ approach to design and project delivery incorporated Catia, Rhino and Revit modelling and visualization. Complex structural analysis and design, environmental studies and lighting analysis was part of the completely integrated BIM delivery process.  This approach of using a multi-disciplinary engineering team linking with the architectural design team was key to achieving the project delivery goals. The presenters will discuss design approach, engineering analysis, complex geometry modelling and visualization tools used during the various stages of the project.


Designing Beyond Efficiency – A Case for the Greenest Highrise in the World


Aspiring to be the greenest high rise in the world, the Tower at PNC Plaza in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, transcends conventional definitions of “high performance” and typical metrics of sustainability.  Too often green design is limited to a checklist of prerequisite  technologies that aim to achieve energy efficient buildings. Without losing sight of the laudible goal of efficiency, the design for the Tower evaluates performance through three new dimensions: climate responsiveness, workplace innovation, and public engagement. The basic premise is that a sustainable, high-performance tower is in a dynamic relationship with the people who work in it and the community that surrounds it. To perform optimally, it has to be integral to all of these dimensions. What is of interest is how the Tower performs at the human level, individually and collectively. This has led to the design of usable open space within double-skin façades and to empower people to tune the building through natural ventilation as they use it. Aiming at net-zero, the project also supports the fluidity of 21st-century work while simultaneously it leverages the city as physical context.  The goal is to redefine the state of the art, and advance the industry’s current definition of sustainability to a more inclusive model.  Efficiency no longer is the only measure as the greenest buildings must sustain people, enhance their engagement and productivity, and provide value to their communities.


Fabrication: Doing an End Run Around the “Ways and Means” Barrier

BILL KREYSLER Kreysler & Associates, Moderator

PETER ARBOUR seele , M. MIN RA Front & GEOFF ROSSI Element

Listen to novel and creative ways to build using digital tools and contemporary materials. The traditional “ways and means” presumes the contractor has access to all the required resources. It’s just a matter of finding the right subcontractor who also fits the budget. Today, as architects demand more complex buildings, conventional materials and methods often fall short. Find out how some contractors are finding workarounds through collaborating with specialty fabricators who have at their disposal modern tools, modern materials, and the ability to employ automated manufacturing techniques to provide manufactured one-of-a-kind building components. Listen to some of the most creative minds in the business and how they find these new solutions. Learn how to avoid the pitfalls of venturing into this unknown and under-utilized realm.


Achieving Geometric Diversity While Maintaining Constructability: Current Highrise Façade Projects in China

MARK E. DANNETTEL Thornton Tomasetti

Architecture continues to push the limits for building skins with complex geometries. However, as these solutions are applied to highrises and supertall towers, the complex geometries need to be paired with solid strategies for maintaining constructability. This presentation will review two current projects with very different geometric demands, and discuss the relative value of parametric modeling for analyzing and re-building the proposed surfaces. We will also discuss practical detailing for unitized curtain walls, and examine how such practical details can be combined and arranged, to create highly unique geometric solutions.


New Materials Panel

SAM LUBELL The Architect’s Newspaper, Moderator

ANN SMITH Cambridge Architectural

CURT FRIEDHOLDT Firestone Building Products


Managing the Aesthetic of Glass Architecture: The Visual Properties of Glass


Architectural glass has come to present an increasingly complex matrix of physical attributes. The focus is often on performance, but each variation in makeup produces subtle, and not so subtle, variations in appearance. This presentation explores the aesthetic challenge presented to the designer by glass selection, and the role of the visual mockup as a design tool.


Future Skins: Parametric Envelopes, Responsive Surfaces -Academic Panel

JASON KELLY JOHNSON Future Cities Lab/California College of the Arts, Moderator

LISA IWAMOTO UC Berkeley & IwamotoScott, ANDREW KUDLESS Matsys/California College of the Arts, CHRIS LASCH Aranda\Lasch & MARCELLO SPINA P-A-T-T-E-R-N-S

Presentations and a moderated Roundtable discussion with leading West Coast academics and experimental designers. The panel will focus on emerging academic research in digital facade design, fabrication, composite materials and responsive technologies.


Design to Fabrication: Collaboration Technologies and Integrated Process

DENNIS SHELDEN Gehry Technologies

Realizing the geometries of contemporary architectural form requires more than new modeling tools. Deeper, more integrated exchanges of knowledge between design and fabrication must be put in place earlier in the project and with more frequency of iteration than previously required. Emerging social and collaboration paradigms, coupled with BIM driven automation and analytics have a role in facilitating the alignment between architectural form making, methods of production, and project economics.


Technically Complex Curtainwalls

KEITH BOSWELL Skidmore, Owings & Merrill