Facades+ AM


Join Us in Kansas City

The program includes three sessions covering issues unique to the region, including innovative building skins, high performance facades, and the future face of KC. 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 KC on July 19th, 2018.

Attendees Include:

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

Conference Co-Chairs

Gus Drosos | Technical Principal | HOK


Travis Bailey | Senior Project Architect | HOK


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


3 Exhibitor Presentations

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

  • Presentations by
    1. KAWNEER
    2. VALSPAR
    3. TBA
  • Time + Location:
    March 15th, 2018, 1:00pm – 4:00 pm
  • LU eligible:
    3 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    

Registration and Breakfast

Sponsored by  WWGlass
      8:15 – 8:30      

Opening Remarks

Emilie Hagen

Associate Director, Atelier Ten

Emilie Hagen is the Associate Director of Atelier Ten’s San Francisco office, and a member of the Façade Tectonics Steering Committee. She is an expert in building performance with over a decade of experience in the application of advanced building analysis, including facade optimization, shading analysis, net zero water and energy, resiliency, and carbon management.

    8:30 – 9:35    

1. Local


Bryan Gross
Helix Architecture + Design

Some call him the architect’s architect. We’re not sure what that means. But some people call him that. Bryan is known for his steady leadership and his constant pursuit of excellence. He strives to exceed clients’ aspirations with meaningful design concepts while remaining vigilant about budgets and schedules.

Brian Garvey
SFS Architecture

Brian Garvey’s attention to architectural detail begins at the door – literally: “A custom pull or unexpected detail can set the stage for what’s inside.” As an SFS associate, his broad-ranging experience spans all aspects of design and construction. Brian thrives on diversity of project types and scales, and the opportunity to play different roles in their creation. Over the span of his architectural career, he has honed his talent for communicating design work graphically through 2-D and 3-D digital media, and a passion for sustainability, in design and in life (“say no” to plastic bags, says Brian). His organized, responsible nature lets him work effectively within each discipline of a project team.

Deb Ford
Vice President
Gould Evans

Deb brings more than 30 years of comprehensive architecture experience to Gould Evans. Her background includes architectural design, master planning, cost estimating, preparation of construction drawings, and construction administration. She is highly skilled in the execution and management of complex projects. Deb has been involved with a wide-range of projects from multiple projects with the Cerner Corporation, to numerous higher education projects on a variety of campuses.
    9:35 – 9:50    

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass
    9:50 – 10:55    

2. National


David Ford
Walter P Moore

David is a Managing Director overseeing the Diagnostics Group in Walter P Moore’s Kansas City office. He has worked on diversified aspects of forensic engineering by evaluating and designing repairs for distressed structures. He has more than 15 years of experience related to building science, façades, building envelope moisture management, roofing systems, below-grade waterproofing, and parking garages. David is a licensed engineer in seven U.S. states and Canada, and a registered roof consultant and waterproofing consultant, which are certifications that require extensive knowledge of building enclosure systems. David serves as chair of the Building Enclosure Council Kansas City Chapter and is a voting member of the American Society of Testing and Materials. He holds a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign and a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University.

Phil Kolbo
Associate Principal

Phil is an experienced senior architect technician with an extensive knowledge of stadium, arena and convention center design. His passion is creating buildings that push the envelope in both design and technology. He graduated second in his class at Iowa State University where he built a strong foundation of sustainability, graduating with LEED certification. Phil currently leads the parametric modeling and computational design group for Populous’ North America region as a Populous Intelligence Ambassador, creating and streamlining BIM tools unique to sports and convention center design. While at Populous, Phil has worked on the MasterCard Center for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the New Arrowhead Stadium, Oklahoma City Convention Center, DC United’s Audi Field and led the design for the San Antonio Convention Center, Orlando City Soccer Stadium and Minnesota United FC’s Allianz Field.

Todd Ault
Associate Vice President
Gould Evans

Todd is a senior project manager with 19 years of architectural experience and an expert in Building Information Modeling (BIM). Working on both large commercial developments, as well as interpreting the nuances of residential municipal code and building science, gives Todd a strong understanding of the broad ranges of issues involved in designing buildings and developing property. In his 12 years with Gould Evans, Todd has designed some of the largest projects for the firm including Cerner’s new Innovations Campus in Kansas City, Missouri; Cerner’s Continuous Campus in Kansas City, Kansas; and NOAA’s Laboratory in LA Jolla, California.
    10:55 – 11:10    

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass
    11:10 – 12:15    

3. International


Anthony Birchler
VP Engineering

Anthony Birchler leads the design-engineering team at Zahner. Since 1998, he has been responsible for designing many of the Zahner patented systems which are now used to complete bold architecture all over the world. For many architects, Mr. Birchler is the face of Zahner. He works directly with owners, engineers, architects, and general contractors, providing intelligent problem-solving for the production of complex facades.

Ryan McCabe
Project Architect

Ryan McCabe, AIA is a project architect in BNIM’s Kansas City office. Ryan has a passion for design, and excels in translating complex programmatic challenges into simple design solutions. Prior to coming to BNIM he contributed to a variety of local work including K-12, Higher Education, and Corporate Office projects in the Kansas City and Lawrence areas. Ryan earned a Masters of Architecture with a minor in Business from the University of Kansas.
1:00 – 4:00

Extra Credit Lunch and Learn After Facades+AM


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

Presentations by

1. STI FIRESTOP (2 Credits)

2. TBA

3. TBA

Sign up for the Extra Credit Afternoon using the button below.

LU eligible: 3 LU/HSW hours

Only $25 including lunch.



Join the dialogue!



Facades+ Cancellation, Postponement, Substitution Policy and Terms Full registration amount returned if cancelled before 11:59 pm EST June 22nd, 2018. A|N will retain 10% of registration cost on any cancellations from June 22nd, 2017 through 11:59 pm EST July 17th, 2018. There will be no refunds for cancellations after 11:59 pm EST July 18th, 2018. We highly encourage you to transfer your registration to a colleague instead of cancelling.


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  • 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.


  • 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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