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.

Conference Co-Chairs

Gus Drosos

Technical Principal, HOK

Travis Bailey

Senior Project Architect, HOK

Attendees Include

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

Program Guide


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 Kansas City in 2018.

7:30 – 8:15

Registration and Breakfast

8:25 – 8:30

Opening Remarks

Gus Drosos, Technical Principal, HOK

Travis Bailey, Senior Project Architect, HOK

Dionne Darling, Associate Publisher, The Architect’s Newspaper

Special Welcome by Steve McDowell of KC Global Design

8:30 – 9:35

1. Local: Diverse Clients, Diverse Solutions

This exploration of three local projects across markets – including healthcare, workplace and culture – will discuss innovative facades solutions tailored to each client’s needs. Hear from a diverse set of experts who will provide insight on how these three projects are leaving a lasting impact on Kansas City.


Bryan Gross
Helix Architecture + Design

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Brian Garvey
SFS Architecture

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Deb Ford
Vice President
Gould Evans

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Todd Ault
Associate Vice President
Gould Evans

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9:35 – 9:50

Networking Break

9:50 – 10:55

2. National: Integrating Façade Design with Complex Project Goals

From stadiums and memorials to hospitals, this panel will touch on the work Kansas City based design consultants are doing nationally. These AEC experts will expand upon recent project work and how the façade design was integrated with the architectural program to resolve complicated project conditions, stakeholder requirements and owner goals.


David Ford
Walter P Moore

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Phil Kolbo
Associate Principal

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Angie Gaebler

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Silvia Prandelli
Technical Director
Walter P Moore

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10:55 – 11:10

Networking Break

11:10 – 12:15

3. International: Innovations in Facade Design and Delivery

International projects often provide a unique set of challenges and considerations given climate, culture and clients. This conversation will provide a closer look at two high-profile projects, how technical innovation drove the success of these projects and the melding of fabrication and architectural design.


Anthony Birchler
VP Engineering

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Ryan McCabe
Project Architect

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Ryan Gedney
Senior Vice President

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1:00 – 3:00

Extra Credit Lunch and Learn After Facades+AM

Lunch will be served and 3 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

Instructor: Aaron Alterman, STI Firestop

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2. Designing Safer Glass Railings with Laminated Glass

Instructor: Mark Jacobson, Trosifol

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

LU eligible: 3 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 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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Forum Location

Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W 12th St, Kansas City
Kansas City, MO 64105
tel. 816-421-6800


Kansas City Marriott Downtown
200 W 12th St
Kansas City, MO 64105

Special Rate $179 EXTENDED — Please Book by 7/4.

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Exhibitor Logistics

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.

Sign up for Information on the Program & Sponsorships

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Diana Darling


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Event Logistics

Susan Kramer


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Marty Wood


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