Join HKS at the Facade Tectonics 2018 World Congress


The Facade Tectonics 2018 World Congress, which takes place March 12-13 in Los Angeles, focuses on improving building performance and the urban habitat through the art, science and technology of a building’s skin. In addition to four speakers, HKS will also be represented in the Scientific Review Committee by Heath May, director of HKS’ Laboratory for Intensive Exploration (LINE), and Mili Kyropoulou, a building performance designer and researcher for LINE. We hope to see you there!

  • Monday, March 12: 8:30 a.m.: Integrated Energy Analysis: Leveraging an Integrated Energy Modeling Process.
  • Monday, March 12: 10:30 a.m.: Differentiated Building Skin: An Experimental Case for AM Structural Components.
  • Tuesday, March 13: 1:30 p.m.: Performance Based Generative Facade Workflow for Large Scale Projects.

Integrated Energy Analysis: Leveraging an Integrated Energy Modeling Process

Speakers: Greg Verabian, commercial practice leader, AIA, HKS; Saurabh Shrestha, sustainable design manager, LEED AP BD+C, WELL AP, HKS; Laure Michelon, energy analyst, Glumac.

Energy codes across the country are becoming increasingly strict. To ensure that the architectural intent of a building can be maintained while meeting energy codes, collaboration between architects and engineers has become vital. Using a high-rise residential project as an example, presenters will discuss how architects and engineers can work together in the conceptual and entitlement phases to optimize a building’s design, while showcasing how this dynamic can be applied to other projects.

Differentiated Building Skin: An Experimental Case for AM Structural Components

Speakers: James Warton, computational design and research, AIA, HKS.

The implementation of additively manufactured (AM) building components represents a foreseeable area of innovation. This technology promises the ability to produce architectural and structural components with specificity and complexity that are restricted by other manufacturing processes. This opens the possibility for improved structural performance by reducing the weight and material associated with designing each part for a worst-case condition. The workflow being developed for the Los Angeles Rams Stadium demonstrates foreseeable performance improvements over the widely accepted alternative.

Performance Based Generative Facade Workflow for Large Scale Projects

Speakers: Tim Logan, computational applications developer, HKS.

The introduction of parametric design software has afforded increased accessibility for the creation and manipulation of complex 3D geometries. These tools have been adopted with great enthusiasm, but their use has generally trended toward the generation of fluid and organic forms driven by aesthetics. As environmental regulations and sustainability standards become more stringent, design teams will benefit from leveraging a workflow that engages simulation and analysis tools from the earliest stages. The exterior envelope of Kuwait Children’s Hospital presented as a case study, where performance guided the development of an aesthetic concept, and contributed to the generation of an innovative facade system.


HKS is a team of more than 1,300 architects, interior designers, urban designers, scientists, artists, anthropologists and other professionals working together across industries and across the globe to create places that delight, heal and stimulate peak performance. The firm has nurtured a culture of extraordinary people with curious and creative minds who are passionate about delivering elegant solutions. HKS has a dedicated research team that digs deep to discover processes and ideas that improve outcomes for everyone. In everything HKS does, it is mindful of the fragility of all life and of the planet.