Facades+ AM


Join Us in Washington 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 on March 15, 2018.

Attendees Include:

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


John Jackson | Simpson, Gumpertz, & Heger


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


Exhibitor Presentations

Lunch will be served and 2 CEU credits will be provided. Directly follows the Facades+AM morning forum. Only $25.

  • Presentations by

    1. KAWNEER
    “Designing Innovative Façades for Education”

    2. VALSPAR
    “High-Performance Architectural Coating Systems for Coil and Extrusion Products”

  • Time + Location:
    March 15th, 2018, 1:00pm – 3:00 pm
  • LU eligible:
    2 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


8:15 – 8:30


    • John Jackson
    • CO-CHAIR
Senior Staff
  • Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
John A. Jackson is a Senior Staff at Simpson Gumpertz and Heger’s Building Technology group in Washington, DC. Mr. Jackson graduated from Penn State University with degrees in both architecture and structural engineering and has more than 14 years of experience in façade and building enclosure design. He applies his creative and technical skills to the design and engineering of innovative facade systems, having worked on a variety of projects both domestically and abroad, with particular expertise in curtain walls, double skin facades, structural glass, and computational design. He has given numerous presentations on facade design and is a member of the AIA and ASTM Subcommittee E06.52 – Glass Use in Buildings.
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, DC market.


  • Bradford Carpenter
  • Principal
  • SGH
Brad Carpenter is a Principal in Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.’s Building Technology group. He specializes in the design and integration of complex building enclosure systems including waterproofing, air and water barriers, cladding, and fenestration systems, with a focus on design efficiency, constructability, and performance. He closely collaborates with designers and regularly leverages cross-disciplinary capabilities at SGH to develop creative and thoughtful solutions to design challenges.
  • Jim Bald
  • Operations Director
  • Harmon
Bald is Director of Operations for Harmon’s Mid-Atlantic region, managing the preconstruction and operations groups. Harmon specializes in the design, manufacturing, and installation of custom curtain wall. Bald has helped build projects such as FMC Tower and CHOP Schuylkill Office in Philadelphia, and Alexander Court, City Center Condos, USCG Headquarters, and GWU Science and Engineering Building in Washington, DC.
  • Laura Croce
  • Associate
  • Shalom Baranes Associates
Since joining SBA in 2007, Ms. Croce has had experience in a wide range of projects, including master planning, commercial office and multi-family residential design. In her role as Lead Designer, Ms. Croce has been successful in shepherding projects through complex zoning and design approval processes in Washington, DC and Maryland. Laura brings a passion for design and problem solving, focused on complex urban conditions and the need for establishing a strong, sustainable relationship between the community and the built environment they inhabit.
9:35 – 9:50

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass
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, DC’s past? This panel will take a fresh look at opaque facade 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 facade.


  • Martina Driscoll
  • Principal
  • WJE
Since joining Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates in 1997, Ms. Driscoll has been involved in a wide variety of projects including forensic investigation of existing facilities, repair document preparation and oversight during implementation, material failure investigation and repair, and design peer review and building enclosure commissioning (BECx) on several newly constructed projects.
  • Kevin Gannon
  • Director — Program Development
Kevin Gannon, RA, LEED AP, is Director of Program Development for TAKTL, LLC. As a founding partner at three architecture firms, he has over thirty years of experience, completing award-winning buildings for university, non-profit, and commercial clients. Before joining TAKTL in 2013, Kevin was the Regional Program Manager–Africa for Architecture for Humanity based in Cape Town, South Africa.
  • John Whitaker
  • Senior Associate
  • Quinn Evans Architects
John Whitaker brings expertise in historic architecture, preservation technology and historic building documentation. On a personal level, he has a deep interest in WPA-era National Park Service structures. “Many of our nation’s parks are all about natural landscapes,” he notes, “but a surprising number focus on built structures commemorating some event in America’s history.”
10:55 – 11:10

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass
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
Chloe Hiyu, a Principal at HOK, has more than 18 years of experience working with clients to create high-performing facades for commercial mixed-use projects, laboratories and institutional projects. Her projects are focused in the DC, MD, VA region and they are also informed by her portfolio of international projects primarily located in the Middle East. Chloe strongly believes that collaborative teams can deliver great projects. She works with the team on design optimization and to engage clients through the design process.
  • Pamela Sams
  • Technical Director
  • Gensler
Pamela Sams is a Technical Director at the Washington DC office of Gensler. She has been a Senior Project Architect on design teams developing and building many innovative, large scale, and complex projects in the U.S., Africa, Europe and the Middle East. She was a project leader on the Western Expansion to Dulles Airport; Oqyana-World First, a multi-use development located on built islands off of the coast of Dubai; and she recently completed the design for a new Forensic Laboratory Campus for the Department of Justice and is heading the in-office Construction Administration team for Phase One. Before returning to the U.S. in 1998, she worked and taught in Paris and Ireland. She received her MArch from Princeton University and her BFA from Parsons School of Design. She is a member of the Women In Architecture Committee, Northern Virginia. She is committed to creating a more open and rich dialogue regarding the importance of excellent technical design and high building performance in achieving sustainable goals and innovative designs.
  • Jesse Wadeson
  • Quality Executive
  • Clark Construction
Jesse Wadeson is a Vice President with Clark Construction Group leading the company’s quality initiatives throughout the eastern U.S. An expert in façade quality control, he has helped execute Clark’s most complex projects, including the National Museum of African American History & Culture and the United States Institute of Peace.

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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  • 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.


Contact us for information and updates on Facades+ AM as we head back to DC, March 15, 2018.
For attendee, programming, and sponsorship information, contact us below.

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New York, NY 10007
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Diana Darling
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Susan Kramer
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