Facades+ AM


Join Us in Austin.

The program includes three sessions covering issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the future face of Austin. 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 coming to Austin for the first time this July.

Please join us for kick-off cocktails on Monday, July 13, 6:30 @ 77º Rooftop Bar. Click here to RSVP Sponsored by STI Firestop.

Attendees Include:

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


  1. Digital Design and Fabrication Frontiers
  2. Made in Texas: Collaboration between Architect and Engineer
  3. Austin’s Changing Skyline

Lunch & Learn After Facades+AM

The Great Outdoors: New Growth for Ceramics

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


We often think ceramic tile when in the arenas of kitchen & baths, but exciting developments in the sector are positioning tile to be the go-to material choice for exterior cladding and paving solutions in 2017. From gauged thin porcelain panels to ½” thick pavers, ceramics now have the perfect formats and performance to tackle the external skin and landscape of your projects.

In this session we will discover together the basics of these new formats from every angle including; production methods, baseline performance details, industry standards present and future, systemic design applications, impacts to building performance as well as installation methods and contractor adoption rates. Ceramics have applications far beyond showers and backsplashes today, in fact with the proper application of these new innovations; tile can become an integral part of your next building’s functional systems while offering unified design across thresholds inside and out.

  • Presenter:
    Ryan Fasan – Tile of Spain Consultant
  • Time + Location:
    July 18, 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 Austin, Texas for the first time ever.

7:30 – 8:15


Sponsored by  WWGlass


  • Michael Antenora
  • Antenora Architects LLP
  • Founding Principal
  • Austin Co-Chair
As Founding Principal of Antenora Architects, Michael has been responsible for the overall creative/technical direction and management for the firm since 1997. The firm’s work has been recognized regionally, and nationally and internationally with design and construction awards. Most notably, Antenora Architects received a 2017 AIA National Honor Award for Architecture for their striking Adaptive Re-use of the Hutto Cotton Gin Building in Hutto, Texas. In a particular, has been their work in the realm of adaptive re-use, renovation and preservation. Michael practices and resides in Austin, Texas, with his wife Sarah and their three daughters.
8:30 – 9:35

1. Digital Design and Fabrication Frontiers

Building facades have evolved throughout the years from empirically-based, load-bearing, mass masonry facades, to modern, lightweight and with an immeasurable variety of geometric and material configurations. But how do we efficiently analyze and engineer these complex geometries to balance technical performance requirements with aesthetics, constructability, and cost?  Hear about new techniques for fabrication that are just hitting the market and what is coming on the horizon.


  • Heath May
  • Director
Heath May has 13 years of experience leading commercial, hospitality, sports and healthcare projects. May leads a design team responsible for projects including future:GSA, a net-zero renovation solution that earned the 2012 WAN Commercial Building of the Year Award, and he worked as senior designer on Sustainable Urban Living, a winner of the 2010 Chicago Athenaeum Green Good Design Award. In 2013, he was named recipient of Building Design + Construction’s 40 under 40. His interest in passive solar design encourages research in optimizing complex facades for daylighting and solar performance.
  • Kory Bieg
  • Principal
  • OTA+
Kory Bieg is an Assistant Professor at The University of Texas at Austin, registered architect, Chair of TxA Emerging Design + Technology and co-Director of TEX-FAB. Bieg is the founding principal of OTA+, an office that specializes in the development and use of digital technologies for the design and fabrication of projects at all scales.
  • Anthony Birchler
  • Vice President Engineering
  • A. Zahner Company

Birchler leads Zahner’s design-engineering team. Since 1998, he has been responsible for designing many of the patented systems now used to complete bold architecture all over the world. He shares responsibility for developing two out of five patents held by Zahner, best known for the ongoing work that he put into developing the ZEPPS® Technology, the firm’s dual-curvature building system. Birchler works directly with owners, engineers, architects, and general contractors, providing intelligent problem-solving for the production of complex facades.

9:35 – 9:50

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass
9:50 – 10:55

2. Made in Texas: Collaboration between Architect and Engineer

The relationship between architect and engineer is an important one in the realization of brilliant projects. Our panelists will discuss this special relationship and their solutions to the unique opportunities and challenges of building in the culture and climate of Texas


  • G. Charles Naeve
  • Founding Principal
  • Architectural Engineers
  • Collaborative
Chuck Naeve is co-founder of Architectural Engineers Collaborative. Chuck has managed structural engineering projects and business activities of engineering firms for over thirty years. He has practiced extensively in the United States, as well as internationally. Chuck is known for creating architectural structures in support of building architecture, and for developing sustainable building structures in harmony with the natural environment. Chuck Naeve has been recognized with honorary membership in the American Institute of Architects, Austin and Texas chapters, for his significant contributions to the field of architecture and to the built environment.
  • Gordon B. Bingaman
  • Associate Principal
  • Antenora Architects LLP
  • BIO
    Gordon Bingaman is a Texas native, with Degrees in Architecture and Historic Preservation from Texas A&M. An Associate Principal with Antenora Architects, Bingaman’s 27 years in practice provide a firm foundation for his skills in Project Management. The scope of his professional experience includes planning, feasibility studies, design, documentation, and construction administration for a wide range of public and private clients.
  • Ken Jones
  • Principal
  • Miro Rivera Architects
Ken Jones, AIA joined Miró Rivera Architects in 2001 after obtaining his Master of Architecture from the University of Texas. Notable among his projects at MRA, Ken was the project architect for the Circuit of the Americas’ Main Grandstand and Grand Plaza, including the Amphitheater and Tower, completed in 2012 for the USA Formula One Grand Prix. He has also recently completed a 30,000 square feet building and campus master plan for Lifeworks, an Austin non-profit organization dedicated to transitioning youth and families from crisis to safety and success. This building was the first non-profit to receive a 5-star sustainability rating from the Austin Energy Green Building program, the nation’s first green building program and the model for the LEED certification system.
10:55 – 11:10

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass
11:10 – 12:15

3. Austin’s Changing Skyline

Austin has rapidly gained a reputation as a forward-looking city, in part due to a vibrant approach to growth, density, and urbanization. Listen to four leading architects talk about their projects that have contributed the changing face and skyline of Austin as a truly global city.


  • Brett Rhode
  • Principal
  • Rhode Partners
Brett Rhode’s experience designing buildings includes work on three continents over a span of thirty years. After working several years in the New York offices of I.M. PEI & PARTNERS and PHILLIP JOHNSON on key international projects, Brett has focused his efforts in Texas. The firm’s recent design work includes several Austin mixed-use projects, including Rise, the Catherine and the upcoming 58 story tower, The Independent.
  • Heyden Black Walker
  • Urban Planner
  • Black & Vernooy
Heyden Black Walker is an urban planner at Black + Vernooy. She manages Reconnect Austin, a community-based call to lower the main lanes of I-35 through downtown Austin, creating a vision of the highway rebuild that reconnects neighborhoods, while providing multi-modal access to jobs, medical facilities, transit, and civic resources. Her goal is equity in transportation, walkability, and increased access for all.
  • Sinclair Black
  • Principal
  • Black+Vernooy
Black is an urban designer, planner, architect, educator, and author. He has planned, programmed, designed, and built projects in Central Texas for forty years. His programming and planning work is based on a commitment to the client, an understanding of the needs of the end-users, and a thorough analysis of each site and its context. His design work is grounded in years of study of the vernacular architecture of Central Texas, and strives to preserve and celebrate the particulars of the region. He has concentrated on the cultivation of sensitive, client-responsive architecture that is appropriate to human scale and local building history.
  • Arthur Andersson
  • Principal
  • Andersson-Wise Architects
Arthur Andersson was born in Gillette, WY. He studied architecture at the University of Kansas and The Bartlett, University College London and has taught design at Tulane University, The University of Texas at Austin, and the University of Houston. He co-founded Moore/Andersson Architects in 1990 with Charles Moore and is currently a principal of Andersson•Wise Architects.

Join the dialogue!


Full amount returned if cancellation is processed before 11:59 PM EST June 19th, 2017. Facades+ will retain 10% of registration cost after June 19th, 2017. No refunds on registration cost will be issued after 11:59 PM EST July 17th, 2017.


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Event Venue & Hotel

  • Location:
    University of Texas at Austin Commons Learning Center
    10100 Burnet Road, Bldg. 137
    Austin, TX 75758
  • Hotel:
    11601 Domain Drive
    Austin, TX 78758
    All reservations must be made by July 3, 2017.
    Special rate for The Architect’s Newspaper Facades+ attendees: $169/night plus tax & incidentals.
    Shuttle available to UT Austin Commons Conference Center nearby.
  • Parking: Print and display the Parking Permit on your dashboard in order to park at UT Austin Commons Bldg. See map link for exact directions. Parking lot is directly in front of the Commons Bldg. Parking Map |Permit | Exhibitor Parking Pass


  • 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.

Exhibitor Logistics

  • SET UP  Day before: Monday, July 17th 3 – 6 pm –and/or– Early morning of Event: Tuesday, July 18th 6:30 am    Doors open at 7:30 am
  • SHIPPING   Should arrive Thurs. 7/13 or Fri. 7/14.The Commons Learning Center 10100 Burnet Road Bldg. 137 Room 1.120B Austin, TX 78758
  • Hotline: 512-471-5898

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
Diana Darling
212.966.0630 ex. 11
Event Logistics
Susan Kramer
212.966.0630 ex. 14
Marty Wood
212.966.0630 ex. 23