16th Advanced Building Skins Conference & Expo
21-22 October 2021, Bern, Switzerland

Keynote Speaker:
Andrew Whalley, Chairman at Grimshaw Architects, New York

We are delighted to announce award-winning architect Andrew Whalley from Grimshaw Architects as this year’s keynote speaker. One of his well-known projects is the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK, which opened in 2000. Whalley wanted the building to be future-proof, sustainable, energy-efficient, and constructed with minimal waste. The transparent building enclosure is made of three layers of ethylene tetra¬fluoroethylene (ETFE), a material that provides freedom to form design.

In 2001 Whalley opened the Grimshaw Architects office in New York City and in the same year won the international design competition for the Experimental, Media and Performing Arts Center.

Whalley was also instrumental in Grimshaw's work on the Dubai Expo Sustainability Pavilion, which will open on 1st October 2021, just three weeks before he will present at our event. His presentation will focus on the urgent need for all new buildings to be Net Zero Carbon Ready. Using recently completed projects completed in different parts of the world, the presentation will explore the influence of Climate and Geography on the Building envelope as part of a net-zero strategy and explore some of the analytical design tools Grimshaw have developed.

International event on innovative building envelopes for architects, engineers, scientists and the construction industry

The Advanced Building Skins Conference & Expo has been running for over 15 years and is the premier international event for innovative building envelopes.

Attracting over architects, engineers and representatives from the construction industry makes this event the ideal place for productive networking with a wide mix of industry specialists from more than 50 countries across the world.

Besides the excellent networking opportunities you'll also benefit from high-caliber presentations and targeted marketing opportunities through our tailored exhibition and sponsorship program. The event is held in English and takes place at the Kursaal Conference Centre in Bern, Switzerland.

Join our 16th Advanced Building Skins Conference & Expo, 21-22 October 2021

Attend the event in Bern, Switzerland

The registration fee is €680 and includes lunch, coffee breaks and the conference documentation including full manuscripts of the presentations. Register to attend

Full 2021 registrations will be credited to ABS 2022, if travel restrictions are re-imposed in Switzerland or in the participant’s country due to new measures for health and safety reasons.

Join us live online

Online delegate prices start from €280. Price includes access to our live webinar, plus you’ll be able to watch the presentations anytime with on-demand access for one year. You’ll also receive the conference documentation with the full papers from the speakers.
Register to join online

Exhibition and Sponsorship Opportunities

Ensure visibility and exposure to an international audience

Showcase your business and profile in the building envelope market with our speaking slots, sponsorship packages and exhibition space. It’s the perfect way for you to network with those from across the world and grow your business.

For more information please visit our Sponsors & Exhibitors page.

The Conference Committee

Cinzia Abbate, AeV Architetti, Rome, Italy

Cinzia

Abbate

AeV Architetti, Rome, Italy

Ben Bridgens, Newcastle University, UK

Ben

Bridgens

Newcastle University, UK

Steve Burroughs, University of Canberra, Australia

Steve

Burroughs

University of Canberra, Australia

David Frey, HOK Los Angeles, USA

David

Frey

HOK Los Angeles, USA

Michael Garrison, University of Texas at Austin, USA

Michael

Garrison

University of Texas at Austin, USA

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    • Amirhosein Ghaffarianhoseini, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

      Amirhosein

      Ghaffarianhoseini

      Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand

      Andreas Hempel, former President Association of Architects BDA, Germany

      Andreas

      Hempel

      former President Association of Architects BDA, Germany

      Hans-Martin Henning, Director, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany

      Hans-Martin

      Henning

      Director, Fraunhofer ISE, Germany

      Eckhart Hertzsch, President, Joanes Foundation, Germany

      Eckhart

      Hertzsch

      President, Joanes Foundation, Germany

      Andreas Karweger, Advanced Building Skins Ltd Lucerne, Switzerland

      Andreas

      Karweger

      Advanced Building Skins Ltd Lucerne, Switzerland

    • Carl Maywald, Vector Foiltec, Germany

      Carl

      Maywald

      Vector Foiltec, Germany

      Dieter Moor, ClearVue, Australia

      Dieter

      Moor

      ClearVue, Australia

      Fabian Ochs, University of Innsbruck, Austria

      Fabian

      Ochs

      University of Innsbruck, Austria

      Valentina Puglisi, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

      Valentina

      Puglisi

      Politecnico di Milano, Italy

      Christian Renken, CREnergie, Switzerland

      Christian

      Renken

      CREnergie, Switzerland

    • Michiel Ritzen, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

      Michiel

      Ritzen

      Zuyd University of Applied Sciences, Netherlands

      Peter Röthlisberger, Solaxess, Switzerland

      Peter

      Röthlisberger

      Solaxess, Switzerland

      Wolfram Sparber, European Academy, Bolzano, Italy

      Wolfram

      Sparber

      European Academy, Bolzano, Italy

      Mitsuhiro Udagawa, Prof. Emeritus, Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan

      Mitsuhiro

      Udagawa

      Prof. Emeritus, Kogakuin University, Tokyo, Japan

      Stephen Wittkopf, Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

      Stephen

      Wittkopf

      Lucerne University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland