Advanced fabrication technology has unfolded exciting architectural opportunities. What was once thought impossible is now reality. Together with innovations in materials, it has enabled new facade solutions where design and function come together in almost limitless ways. Now more than ever, collaboration between architect and fabricator empowers each to stretch their imagination, creating challenging projects that are inspiring the next era of designs.

The METALS IN CONSTRUCTION 2012 FACADES CONFERENCE brings together leading designers and fabricators to explore this collaboration through case studies of recent work and roundtable discussions. Presented by the Ornamental Metal Institute of New York and The Architect’s Newspaper, this one-day event is the first in a series of conferences created to help designers and builders understand the ways in which technology can transform design aspirations into reality. From using BIM for communicating effectively with fabricators, to examining new resources for curtain wall design, the conference offers an unprecedented opportunity to survey the possibilities of designing with metals in the digital age.
Speakers include:
Key Note Speaker:
Patrik Schumacher
Zaha Hadid Architects
Patrik Schumacher Patrik Schumacher is partner at Zaha Hadid Architects and founding director at the AA Design Research Lab. He joined Zaha Hadid in 1988. Patrik Schumacher studied philosophy and architecture in Bonn, London and Stuttgart, where he received his Diploma in architecture in 1990. In 1999 he completed his PHD at the Institute for Cultural Science, Klagenfurt University. Patrik Schumacher has been teaching at various architectural schools in Britain, Continental Europe and the USA since 1992. In 1996 he founded the "Design Research Laboratory" with Brett Steele, at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and continues to serve as one of its co-directors.

Bill Zahner
President and CEO

Dennis Shelden
Gehry Technologies
Mic Patterson
Advanced Technology Studio
Federico Negro
CASE Design Inc.

Digital Fabrication Alliance
Brad Bell
Digital Fabrication Alliance

Andrew Vrana
Digital Fabrication Alliance
Anna Dyson
Phillip Anzalone
Avery Digital Fabrication Laboratory
Columbia GSAPP
Erik Verboon
Technical Designer/Facade Consultant
Buro Happold
Sergio deGaetano
Thornton Tomasetti Building Skin Practice

Reese Campbell
Method Design

Gary Higbee
Director of Industry Development
Steel and Ornamental Metal Institutes
of New York

William Menking
The Architect's Newspaper
Julie V. Iovine
Executive Editor
The Architect's Newspape