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

Attendees Include:

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


Stephen Van Dyck | Partner | LMN Architects


  1. Outside Influence: Cross-Industry Innovations Shaping Future Design Practices
  2. The Facade as Social Catalyst: The Washington State Convention Center Expansion Project
  3. Growth and Preservation: Seattle’s Growth Dilemma

Procrastinator’s Afternoon After Facades+AM


4 Exhibitor Presentations

Lunch will be served and 4 CEU credits will be provided (1 credit per presentation). Directly follows the Facades+AM morning forum. You may choose to stay for one or all of the presentations.  FREE ENTRY.

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.

  • 1. STI Firestop
    Understanding Perimeter Fire Barrier Systems in the Modern Age: Maintaining Integrity in Today’s Complex Designs
  • 2. Vitro
    How Low-e Coatings Improve Building Performance.
  • 3. Neolith
    Sintered Compact Surfaces for Building Facades
  • 4. Pure+FreeForm
     Unique Surfacing Solutions; Contextual Metal Facades
  • Time + Location:
    December 8, 2017, 1:00pm – 5:00 pm
  • LU eligible:
    5 LU/HSW hours

Sign up for the Procrastinator’s Afternoon using the button below.



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 Seattle.

7:30 – 8:15


Sponsored by  WWGlass

8:15 – 8:30


  • Stephen Van Dyck
  • Partner
  • LMN Architects
Stephen has earned a reputation for innovation, design technology and collaborative leadership and is widely recognized as an industry authority in the adoption of emerging technologies. His project experience encompasses a wide range of public assembly, performing arts, higher education and mixed-use projects.
8:30 – 9:35

1. Outside Influence: Cross-Industry Innovations Shaping Future Design Practices

Advancements in Architecture often come from the peripheries and cross-pollinate to move design practices forward. Hear from industry leaders whose research, methods tools and materials may help us define the future of architectural design and delivery.


  • Dan Belcher
  • Developer
  • McNeel
Dan Belcher is a software developer at Robert McNeel & Associates, the authors of Rhino and Grasshopper. Before joining McNeel, he was a founding member of LMN Tech Studio. Prior to that, Dan was a researcher at the UW’s Human Interface Technology Lab working on Augmented Reality interfaces.
  • Andy Bridge
  • Director of R&D
  • Janicki
Bridge has 30+ years of experience in composites manufacturing including tooling design, material selection, and process engineering. He is Director of Research & Development across all Aerospace, Military, Space, and Industrial Sectors. At Janicki, he is also responsible for Business Development, Sales, and Program Management to the Marine, Wind Energy, Alternative Energy, Transportation, Architectural, and Infrastructure markets.
  • Choong Ng
  • Co-Founder
  • Vertex.AI
Choong Ng is co-founder and CEO of Vertex.AI, a technology company putting deep learning into every device. Prior to Vertex, Choong’s work included roles as senior technologist in software, computer security, and distributed systems.
  • Stephen Van Dyck
  • Partner
  • LMN Architects
  • (Moderator)
Stephen has earned a reputation for innovation, design technology and collaborative leadership and is widely recognized as an industry authority in the adoption of emerging technologies. His project experience encompasses a wide range of public assembly, performing arts, higher education and mixed-use projects.
9:35 – 9:50

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass

9:50 – 10:55

2. The Facade as Social Catalyst: the Washington State Convention Center Addition

The expansion of the Washington State Convention Center will redefine how large civic buildings integrate with the city and augment the civic realm. The building’s south facade along Pine Street is a case study in the façade as an integrated urban element, high performance enclosure and social incubator.


  • Peter Alspach
  • Principal
  • Arup
Peter Alspach, PE, LEED AP, is a principal in Arup’s Seattle office and is Arup’s Global Skills Leader for Environmental and Building Physics. As a mechanical engineer, he is a specialist in the design of low energy buildings focusing on HVAC, energy systems, thermal comfort, and the indoor environment.
  • Maurya McClintock
  • Founder
  • McClintock Facade Consulting
Maurya has an extensive depth and breadth of experience of the built environment on 4 continents. She has designed buildings as a structural engineer, as a mechanical engineer, and as a façade engineer. Trained as both an architect and an engineer, Maurya is able to bridge between professions and has therefore been a key success driver for projects that require seamless integration of form and function. After 15 years with Arup, in 2009 Maurya started her own business providing façade design/engineering and related sustainability consulting to Architects, designers and related industry professionals.
  • Kate Rufe
  • Architect
  • LMN Architects
Kate is an architect and Associate at LMN Architects. She embraces the complexity of large, civic projects and is interested in how social context, new technologies, city growth, and regional ecologies all contribute to Seattle’s urban design and architecture. Her current focus is the design of the Washington State Convention Center Addition.
  • Stephen Van Dyck
  • Partner
  • LMN Architects
  • (Moderator)
Stephen has earned a reputation for innovation, design technology and collaborative leadership and is widely recognized as an industry authority in the adoption of emerging technologies. His project experience encompasses a wide range of public assembly, performing arts, higher education and mixed-use projects.
10:55 – 11:10

Networking Break

Sponsored by   WWGlass

11:10 – 12:15

3. Growth and Preservation: Seattle’s Growth Dilemma

Amidst our rapid growth and densification, what parts of Seattle’s historical building fabric should be preserved?
How can architects, owners, and clients benefit for working with existing buildings through Adaptive Reuse, Reskinning, and Repositioning efforts?


  • Blair Payson
  • Principal
  • Olson Kundig
Blair Payson joined Olson Kundig in 2004 and has worked on both architectural and exhibit design projects, including the Century Project for the Space Needle, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Visitor Center and [storefront] Olson Kundig, as well as several residential projects across the Western United States and Mexico. A maker at heart, Blair is an architect who revels in the details. From large cultural projects to temporary design interventions, Blair is able to distill large, complex projects into distinct culminating moments. He credits this appreciation of key design details to his formative years as an architect working under Renzo Piano in Paris. Prior to his tenure at Olson Kundig, Blair worked on complex institutional and cultural buildings including The Art Institute of Chicago Modern Wing, University of California San Francisco Mission Bay Byers Hall computational lab building, and prototype Apple flagship stores.
  • Graham Finch
  • Principal
  • RDH Building Science Inc.
Graham Finch is a building science engineer who specializes in research and investigation work and leads RDH’s research group. His work experience includes a wide range of projects including building enclosure condition assessments, forensic investigations, research studies, energy assessments, building monitoring programs, field review, and testing services for new and existing buildings across North America. He has also worked with numerous building product manufacturers on product research and development, performance monitoring, and field testing.
  • Jim Graham
  • Co-Founder
  • Graham Baba Architects
Jim Graham is co-founder of Graham Baba Architects. GBA is recognized for work that showcases the craft of building and the experience of space and place. The practice is engaged with a wide range of project typologies which can be found across the country, including commercial design, residences, workplaces, and cultural spaces. Graham is a frequent lecturer on design. He holds a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
  • Jessica Miller
  • Principal
  • LMN Architects
  • (Moderator)
Jessica is a Principal at LMN Architects with a focus on civic, higher education, and infrastructure projects in complex urban contexts. Her background in preservation and adaptive reuse informs a sensitivity to place, culture, advocacy, and public process that permeates her work. Jessica has served as a board member of Seattle’s Pioneer Square Preservation board and is a part-time lecturer at the University of Washington.

Join the dialogue!


Full amount returned if cancellation is processed before 11:59 PM EST November 16th, 2017. Facades+ will retain 10% of registration cost after November 16th, 2017. No refunds on registration cost will be issued after 11:59 PM EST December 7th, 2017.


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Event Venue & Hotel

  • Location:
    Motif Seattle
    1415 Fifth Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98101
  • Hotel:
    1415 Fifth Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98101
    All reservations must be made by November 7, 2017.
    Special rate for The Architect’s Newspaper Facades+ attendees: $149 not incl. fees and taxes. Booking Code is THEA1207.
  • Parking: Standard Prevailing rate of $39.04 w/tax per night/vehicle. 24 hr unlimited in/out privileges until 4pm day of departure. Non-hotel Guests: (range) 0-1hr $9 | 3-4hrs: $18 | 10-24hrs:$39 tax inclusive.


  • 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

    Contact Susan Kramer at for detailed logistics. We suggest you use fedEx. Keep your tracking numbers, and number your packages sequentially: 1/2, 2/2, etc. Ship your materials to arrive Tues. 12/5 or Wed. 12/6.

    Motif Seattle
    1415 Fifth Avenue
    Seattle, WA 98101
    Attn: Banquets, Hold for Facades+ 12/8

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 Seattle on December 8, 2017.
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