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Façade Innovation – the Pathways & the Pitfalls

Presented by Tilt Industrial Design

Façade Innovation – the Pathways & the Pitfalls

Session Synopsis

These are fascinating times for façade innovation. Technological developments in design capability combined with materials and manufacturing breakthroughs have redefined what is possible in terms of façade delivery. However, at the same time, architects seeking to take advantage of these changes continue to face a broad range of challenges in bringing their ideas to fruition.

Increased transfer of risk in design to builders through Design & Construct contracts, and ever-increasing environmental compliance obligations are good examples. Whether through the evolution of commercial models over time or through positive responses to our changing environment, these factors are having the unintended consequence of making life more challenging for innovators, particularly in terms of façade design.

How are architects to navigate these challenges? How can they give themselves the best shot at producing work that delivers on design ambition, but also ticks all the boxes in terms durability, compliance, and sustainability? This session addresses these questions and more.

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Key Learning Outcomes

At the end of this presentation you should be able to –

  • Identify current trends in façade design.
  • Outline the frustrations architects tend to experience in terms of façade design and explain why these have become so common.
  • Outline the various types of professionals typically involved in façade design and the role that each plays within the design team.
  • Identify the procurement pitfalls traditionally associated with façades.
  • Outline technical design challenges associated with façade design and explain the best ways to meet and overcome them.


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Chris Bosse, Director, LAVA Asia Pacific and Adjunct Professor of Architecture, UTS 

Chris Bosse co-founded LAVA in 2007. This international network of leading architects uses the latest research and technology to build efficient, sustainable beautiful structures.
Educated in Germany and Switzerland, Bosse bases his work on the computerised study of organic structures and resulting spatial conceptions.
His award-winning design projects have won Bosse an international reputation as a new generation architect who pushes the boundaries of traditional structure and architecture by digital and experimental form-finding.
Alongside his architectural practice Bosse is Adjunct Professor at the University of Technology, Sydney and lectures worldwide.

Tim Phillips, Managing Director, Tilt Industrial Design

Tim Phillips is a highly regarded Industrial Designer specialising in design consulting for Architects, Creatives and the Construction Industry. He has extensive experience in architectural projects, with a passion for using the latest technologies, materials and manufacturing techniques to bring the creative ideas of his clients to life. Tim manages a dedicated team of industrial designers and engineers, pushing the boundaries to achieve truly unique design solutions. Motivated by architectural challenges, the Tilt team enjoy the opportunity to thoughtfully consider the design intent and then deliver it through a proven design process. Tim is also an educator and academic, with an ongoing association as alumni of the University of Newcastle, the University of Technology and University of NSW.

Troy Donovan, Principal Facade Designer, Prism Facades

Troy has a broad range of industry experience, he has worked in Australia, New Zealand, New York and is a principal at Prism Façades. As a façade designer, he has developed specialist skills in the design of components and custom fabrication, and has extensive experience in the innovative use of materials. Troy has a deep understanding of the construction and fabrication of facade systems, which he applies to both the development and review of new facades. Troy is also an accomplished illustrator, creating detailed system sketches to aid in the understanding and design of facades.

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