Facades+ AM


Join Us in Philadelphia.

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

Attendees Include:

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


  1. Facade Futures: Computation and the Amplification of Design
  2. Beyond Form, Data, and Metrics: Envelope Performance in Context
  3. Philadelphia’s Design Trajectories: Growing Beyond Center City

Speaker line-up announced soon


Matthew Krissel | Partner | KieranTimberlake

Lunch & Learn After Facades+AM

Rain Screen Wall Systems: Problems and Solutions

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


The rapid rise of rain screen wall systems presents unique opportunities for improving wall performance. Control of air, vapor, moisture and thermal transfer are all possible with the proper design, detailing and construction of rain screens. This seminar investigates real world issues in the proper design and installation of rain screens for maximum performance by using a case study format. Presented by a team including designer, consultant and contractor, the program demonstrates a team approach and illustrates real world problems and solutions.

  • Presenters:
    Roy J. Ingraffia – Director | Pat Conway – Director
  • Time + Location:
    September 25, 2017, 12:45 – 3:00 pm
  • LU eligible:
    1.5 LU/HSW hour

Sign up for the Lunch & Learn after registering for the forum using the button below.

$15 Registration Fee


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 to Philadelphia, PA.

7:30 – 8:15


Sponsored by  WWGlass
8:15 – 8:30


  • Matthew Krissel
  • Co-Chair | LEED AP
  • KieranTimberlake
Matthew Krissel is an architect and partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise, and pioneering design. He has more than seventeen years of experience working with cultural, educational, and government clients including the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Dartmouth College, and the United States Department of State. He is currently working on projects at New York University and Yale University. Matthew leads KieranTimberlake’s Digital Design Visioning Group, an initiative dedicated to digital innovation, visualization, and knowledge sharing within the firm. He has lectured nationally at AIA Technology in Architectural Practice (TAP), AIA Committee on Design, Facades+, Harvard University, National Institute of Building Sciences, ACADIA, BIMsmart, and elsewhere. He has served as jury chair for the AIANYS 2016 Design Awards. His contributions to the books Convergence: The Redesign of Design by Randy Deutsch and Workflows: Expanding Territory in the Design and Delivery of Buildings by Richard Garber were published in 2017.
8:30 – 9:35

1. Facade Futures: Computation and the Amplification of Design

Computational design leverages new ways of thinking and making to expand creative potential. This amplification of the design process can catalyze imagination, drive meaningful exploration, and create for new possibilities in architecture.  Panelists examine how current computational practices go beyond optimization, form-making, and analysis to more exploratory ways for designers to iterate and envision building envelopes in transformative projects.


  • Brian Ringley
  • Design Technology Lead
  • Woods Bagot
Brian Ringley is an Associate and Design Technology Specialist at Woods Bagot, where he integrates computational methods for model data interoperability, performance-driven design, and geometric rationalization for fabrication and construction into project production through platform training, bespoke applications, and intensive project support. He also teaches courses on data-driven parametric design, interoperable workflow convergence, and robotic automation for architectural manufacturing at Pratt Institute’s Graduate Architecture and Urban Design (GAUD) program.
  • Efrie Friedlander
  • Environmental Researcher
  • Kieran Timberlake
As a researcher and architect at KieranTimberlake, Efrie Friedlander helps bridge the gap between data and design. She works on a range of architectural and software projects, including the Tally® Life Cycle Assessment tool. She steers the firm’s Building Information Modeling group, founded Philadelphia’s Dynamo User Group, and teaches digital analysis at Temple University.
  • Christopher Connock
  • Design Researcher
  • Kieran Timberlake
Christopher Connock is a design researcher at KieranTimberlake. He explores topics related to construction systems, digital fabrication processes, hardware-software interfaces, and informatics. He has applied this knowledge to the design for modular housing in India and to the invention of Pointelist, a low-cost, high-density sensor network. He has taught and lectured at numerous universities.
9:35 – 9:50

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass
9:50 – 10:55

2. Beyond Form, Data, and Metrics:  Envelope Performance in Context

Architecture drives designers aspirations towards the productive fusion of environmental performance, function, and poetics. Panelists discuss how to expand the definition of performance to also include the physical and intrinsic qualities with the way envelopes shape the human experience to create a sense of place, desire, and cultural identity.


  • Tom Kirk
  • Partner
  • Bohlin Cywinski Jackson
With more than 20 years of experience, Tom provides a wealth of design and master planning experience at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. He believes buildings can transform their environments through the strong connection between landscape, program, and materials and the simple expression of structure. Since joining the practice in 1999, Tom has led formative projects in the Philadelphia office, including the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion at Hermann Park and the recently completed Sumers Recreation Center at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Jeff Goldstein
  • Principal
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  • Eric Oskey
  • Partner
  • Moto Designshop
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10:55 – 11:10

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass
11:10 – 12:15

3. Philadelphia’s Design Trajectories: Growing Beyond Center City

In the past 15 years, Philadelphia has seen rapid growth and evolution in design and construction across multiple scales. As a new blend of quality and purpose emerges throughout the city, designers can help shape projects towards beautiful, enduring, and ethical architecture.  This panel will discuss the challenges and opportunities associated with this growth as it relates to scale, materiality, and vitality and the role of architecture in creating a vision for the city of Philadelphia.


  • Scott Erdy
  • Principal
  • Erdy McHenry Architecture
Scott Erdy has more than twenty years experience in the profession and his work has been recognized by the American Institute of Architects for excellence in design, earning more than 11 local, regional and national design awards. More importantly, his work is recognized by clients and colleagues alike for its formal expression of site conditions and functional programmatic requirements. Scott was educated at The Ohio State University and earned his Master of Architecture from Syracuse University where he spent more than a year working and studying in Florence. He has extensive teaching and lecturing experience in design and technology courses, and has taught Thesis Studio at Philadelphia University and currently teaches a Graduate Design Studio at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Join the dialogue!


Full amount returned if cancellation is processed before 11:59 PM EST September 3rd, 2017. Facades+ will retain 10% of registration cost after September 4th, 2017. No refunds on registration cost will be issued after 11:59 PM EST September 24th, 2017.


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Event Venue & Hotel

  • Forum Location:
    National Museum of American Jewish History
    101 South Independence Mall East
    (Corner of 5th and Market Streets)
    Philadelphia, PA
  • Hotel:
    433 Chestnut Street
    Philadelphia, PA
    All reservations must be made by August 25, 2017.
    Special rate for The Architect’s Newspaper Facades+ attendees: $169/night plus tax & incidentals.
  • Parking:The Museum will provide validation. The Museum does not have its own garage. There are numerous lots and garages, as well as metered street parking in the immediate vicinity. Parking for Attendees, Exhibitors & Speakers Bourse Garage (400 Ranstead St.) – 1 block from Museum Entrance: 4th St. bet. Chestnut & Market Sts. next to movie theater Up to 8 hrs.: $9 with validation sticker provided at event registration FOR EXHIBITORS ONLY – FOR LOAD IN 6:15 am morning of event Mon. Sept. 25 Vehicle unload at side of Museum along Ludlow Street. Buzz Delivery Door entrance on Ludlow by Loading Dock. Map


  • 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 to Boston, June 17 2016.
For attendee, programming, and sponsorship information, contact us below.

The Architect’s Newspaper
21 Murray St, 5th Fl.
New York, NY 10007
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Diana Darling
212.966.0630 ex. 11
Event Logistics
Susan Kramer
212.966.0630 ex. 14
Marty Wood
212.966.0630 ex. 23