Smart Skyscrapers Summit 2018

23-24 April 2018
Roda Al Bustan
Dubai, UAE

Summit Agenda

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Day 1 - 23rd April 2018
08:00 - 09:30


09:30 - 09:40


09:40 - 10:00

Burj Khalifa and Beyond - Meeting Challenges in Supertall Design and Construction

  • Supertall challenges and solutions
  • Assessing and adopting new technologies
  • Collaborative strategies for success


Eric Tomich, Architect, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

Eric Tomich
10:00 - 10:20

Reaching New Heights with Mobility & Vertical Transportation for High-Rise Structures

  • Re-engineering transit management systems for the megatall buildings of today
  • Increased efficiency & safety with intelligent vertical transportation systems
  • Traffic-flow optimization for vertical transportation in skyscrapers


Joerg Mueller, Global High-Rise Product Manager, thyssenkrupp Elevator

Joerg Mueller
10:20 - 10:40

Taking Cultural Sustainability, Health and Innovation to the Next Level

  • We established a mixed-use high-rise well connected to the emerging urban grid of Dubai; awareness of urban interconnections
  • We established a social and sustainable development; flexibility through innovative high tech and low tech
  • We established a design protocol to deal with scale, light, building physics and materialization; enhancing health and comfort



Frans van Vuure, Associate Director, UNStudio

Frans van Vuure
10:40 - 11:00

The Experiences of High-Rise Living – Real Stories of Understanding Livability in Tall Buildings

  • Exploring the livability aspect of high rise structures – From accessibility to security
  • Developing a social cohesive environment
  • Beyond convenience – Higher quality of life with technology inspired amenities


Ben Piper, Partner and Design Principal, Killa Architectural Design

Ben Piper
11:00 - 11:20

The Rebar Industry in the UAE – Status Quo, Challenges, Outlook

  • Production capacities of local rebar manufacturers
  • Local rebar demand
  • Factors influencing rebar pricing
  • Industry outlook


Boris van Thiel, CEO, Union Iron & Steel Company

Boris van Thiel
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:10

Digital Design and Super High Rise

  • The challenges of designing super high rise in a congested city
  • The impact of digital design on design delivery
  • How to accommodate brief change on an existing development


Lee Morris, Head of Architecture, Atkins

Lee Morris
12:10 - 12:30

Powder Coating Technologies Supporting Skyscrapers Design and Energy Efficiency

  • Global specification and durability standards – AAMA (in US) and Qualicoat (in EU)
  • Specification coating systems per environment and type of project
  • How powder coatings support green building and fire propagation standards
  • Latest powder coating technologies (heat reflective and light reflective powder coatings, scratch resistant pc, imitation of terracota, rust and wood etc.)


Maria Malo, Regional Business Development Manager - Middle East and Africa, AkzoNobel

Maria Malo
12:30 - 13:20

Interactive Panel Discussion: The Evolving Role of an Architect in Designing a Skyscraper

  • High-rise buildings that characterize a city & its skyline – The brainchild of architects
  • Designing today’s skyscrapers – Can traditional and contemporary design co-exist?
  • How has technology impacted the design aspect in skyscraper construction?
  • Best practices for architects designing smart skyscrapers

Brian Kleiver, AIA, NCARB Associate Architect, SOM
Chris Jones, Partner, 10 design
Phillip Jones, Principal / Managing Director MENA, B+H Architects
Pierre Martin Dufresne, Design Principal and Partner, U+A Architect
Rasna Grewal, Technical Director, Perkins+Will
Stephan Frantzen, Architect & Partner, P&T Group

Brian Kleiver Chris Jones Phillip Jones Pierre Martin Dufresne Rasna Grewal Stephan Frantzen
13:20 - 14:20


14:20 - 15:10

Interactive Panel Discussion: Modern Fireproof Structures – A Necessity for the Middle East

  • What goes in a fireproof / fire-resistant building?
  • What role does cost play in preventing fires?
  • Need of the hour – Fire-prevention & fire-resistant materials tailored for high-rise structures
  • Understanding the structural layouts for skyscrapers – Alternative solutions to improve fire-safety

Faimeen Shah, Managing Director, Vortex Fire Safety Consultancy
Peter Stephenson, Associate Director - Fire Engineering, BuroHappold Consulting Engineers
Peter Van Gorp, Director Fire and Life Safety, AESG
Robert Davies, Head of Fire & Life Safety - Middle East, WSP
Susan Lamont, Associate Director - Fire Group Middle East, Arup

Faimeen Shah Peter Stephenson Peter Van Gorp Robert Davies Susan Lamont
15:10 - 16:00

Interactive Panel Discussion: From Lighting to Facade Cladding – Enhancing a Building’s Performance Organically with Retrofits

  • Why retrofitting? How does it help in a building’s performance?
  • How do we convert the existing stock of business-as-usual buildings to green buildings through retrofit?
  • How does retrofitting make buildings more sustainable?

Benjamin Beer, Technical Director, Meinhardt Façade Technology Dubai
Jonathan Huang, Technical Director - Structures, ATKINS
Paul Drayton, Head of Structures, AECOM
Pradeep Singh, Business Development & Technical Manager, Etihad ESCO
Sougata Nandi, Founder and CEO, 3e Advisory and 3e Apps

Benjamin Beer Jonathan Huang Paul Drayton Pradeep Singh Sougata Nandi
16:00 - 16:10


16:10 - 16:40


Day 2 - 24th April 2018
09:20 - 09:50


09:50 - 10:00


10:00 - 10:20

Engineering Our Future Technology and Innovation in Construction

  • What is the future of construction?
  • How will technological developments impact high-rise design?
  • What are the barriers to innovation in the industry?


Paul Mullett, Director - Head of Engineering and Technology (MENA), Robert Bird Group

Paul Mullett
10:20 - 10:40

Rethinking Density

  • A look at 20th and 21st century urbanism in the developed and developing worlds
  • Recent trends in urbanism and the emergence of new typologies
  • A theoretical model for designing density – A 3-dimensional matrix that combines landscape and public space
  • The application of this model on a real project – Jenan City in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia


Yahya Jan, President and Design Director, NORR

Yahya Jan
10:40 - 11:00

Makers District Abu Dhabi

  • Designing a new district
  • Mixed use, human scale developments & the public realm
  • Living typologies for high-rise developments
  • Placemaking & building a community


Nigel Craddock, Design Director, Imkan Properties

Nigel Craddock
11:00 - 11:20

Humanizing the High-Rise

A collective decision between political, private interest ad public good.


Dr. Issam Ezzeddine, Architectural Design Director, National Engineering Bureau

Dr. Issam Ezzeddine
11:20 - 11:50


11:50 - 12:40

Interactive Panel Discussion: Super-Tall Structures & Building a Habitat

  • Development of the urban realm – How projects and developments offer a positive contribution to the surrounding environment
  • Understanding the skyscraper effect as a boost to the local economy – Where is UAE’s tall-structure industry headed?
  • Developing thriving communities around tall structures – Case study of Burj Khalifa & Downtown Dubai

Bart Leclercq, Client Director - Property, Middle East, Aurecon
Dean McGrail, Director of Property and Buildings, WSP
DJ Armin, Managing Partner, ZAS Architects
Jay Robson French, Chief Executive Officer, Matthews South West
Jeevan J D'Mello, President, Community Associations Institute - Middle East
Martin Baerschmidt, Founding Partner / Managing Director, EDGE
Nigel Craddock, Design Director, Imkan Properties

Bart Leclercq Dean McGrail DJ Armin Jay Robson French Jeevan J D'Mello Martin Baerschmidt Nigel Craddock
12:40 - 13:30

Interactive Panel Discussion: Skyscrapers & Sustainability in an Urban Environment Setting

  • Exploring trends – Sustainability in tall buildings
  • A comparison of Europe & Middle East – Tools & methodology in developing fully sustainable structures
  • Organic cities – Understanding & exploring the concept

Abdulmajid Karanouh, Director, ALGORITHMY
Hassan Younes, Director, Griffin Consultants
Holley Chant, Executive Director, Corporate Sustainability, KEO
Joe Tabet, Managing Director, JT+Partners
Mark Davies, Technical Director - Built Environment, Aurecon
Wasim Al Azeh, Head of Global Sustainability & Built Environment Sector, Khatib & Alami
Yahya Jan, President and Design Director, NORR

Abdulmajid Karanouh Hassan Younes Holley Chant Joe Tabet Mark Davies Wasim Al Azeh Yahya Jan
13:30 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:40


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23-24 April 2018

Roda Al Bustan
Dubai, UAE



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