Facades+ AM


Join Us in Miami

The program includes three sessions covering issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the Miami’s newest projects. 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 Miami on October 4, 2018.

Attendees Include:

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


Allan Shulman, Shulman + Associates


  1. Tropical Facades: Approaches to the High-Performance Envelope
  2. Shedding Skins: Recladding Challenges and Successes
  3. Destination Design: Building Miami’s Design District


Tropical architecture has constantly tested and expanded the limits of traditional thinking about architecture. The power of rain, sun, wind, and humidity are determinative. Beyond objective criteria, the question of identity in the tropical world has inspired countless iterations of adaptive architecture. The idea of tropical architecture seems relevant once again. Shedding Skin: new approaches to making facades in the tropical world will examine how practices in this dynamic area are changing, and engaging new paradigms.

How are architects incorporating regional sensibility into the apparatus of the building envelope? What technologies are being tapped? What processes are required to bring these to the market? At the other end of the spectrum, innovation is inspired by vernacular and tropicalist approaches. How are these vernaculars being transformed, and what is the role of technology and building code in effecting these transformations? Finally, there is a category of buildings that manifests the learning/adaptation processes of architecture itself. Facades are often rebuilt, transmuted, or even exchanged. What are the factors determining this process today.

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7:30 – 8:25

Registration and Breakfast

Sponsored by  WWGlass

8:25 – 8:30

Opening Remarks

Allan Shulman
Shulman + Associates

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Diana Darling
The Architect’s Newspaper

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8:30 – 9:35

1. Commercial Facades: Approaches to High-Performance Envelopes in the Tropics


Jalal Farooq
Al-Farooq Corporation

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Ray Crawford
Crawford-Tracey Corporation

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Josh Gelfman
Director of Development
Terranova Corporation

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9:35 – 9:50

Networking Break

9:50 – 10:55

2. Shedding Skins: Reinterpreting the Tropical Building Envelope


Franco Micucci

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Alejandro Gonzalez

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Livia Tani
Jean Nouvel

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10:55 – 11:10

Networking Break

11:10 – 12:15

3. Miami Experimental: Expanding the Envelope


Melissa Brillhart
Brillhart Architects

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Nick Gelpi
Gelpi Projects

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Germane Barnes
Sr. Lecturer
University of Miami

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1:00 – 4:00

Extra-Credit Lunch & Learn After Facades+AM

Lunch will be served and 4 CEU credits will be provided. Directly follows the Facades+AM morning forum. Only $25.

1. Understanding Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems in the Modern Age: Maintaining Integrity in Today’s Complex Designs

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Eric Lacroix, STI Firestop

2. Nonlinear Precast Forming Innovations: An in-depth look at the Perot Museum & The Projects that Followed

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Mo Wright, Gate Precast

Alexander Perez, Gate Precast

3. High-Performance Architectural Coating Systems for Coil and Extrusion Products

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Shirley Stern, Valspar

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LU eligible: 4 LU/HSW hours

Only $25 including lunch







Facades+ Cancellation, Postponement, Substitution Policy and Terms Full registration amount returned if cancelled before 11:59 pm EST September 2nd, 2018. A|N will retain 10% of registration cost on any cancellations from September 2nd, 2018 through 11:59 pm EST October 3rd, 2018. There will be no refunds for cancellations after 11:59 pm EST October 3rd, 2018. We highly encourage you to transfer your registration to a colleague instead of cancelling.


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Forum Location

Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132
tel. 305-374-0000


Hilton Miami Downtown
1601 Biscayne Blvd
Miami, FL 33132

Special rate for The Architect’s Newspaper: $225 for single/double + tax & incidentals.

Book here or call 800-445-8667.

Book today! Rate ends 09/10/18.


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 skramer@archpaper.com for Shipping Address and Logistics.

Early setup is available for Wednesday, October 3 from 4-7pm and/or starting at 6:15am on Thursday, October 4 (morning of event)


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.

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Diana Darling


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Susan Kramer


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Aastha Deshpande


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