As we start the new year, we’re already anticipating the start of AN’s Facades+ conference series, which kicks off at the end of January in San Francisco. In what will be our busiest year so far, Facades+ will land in 14 cities in 2023. We’re producing programs in new locations while also returning to the audiences and architects we’ve previously spotlighted across the country. And, for the first time, Facades+ will stage a full day of symposiums in every location in addition to hosting two-day events in New York and Los Angeles. Click through to read what’s in store.
The year of Facades+ programming kicks off on January 26 with the best of California facade design in San Francisco. The conference will include a 90 minute feature on the development in Mission Rock, with presentations by MVRDV partner Frans de Witte, Henning Larsen design director Daniel Baumann, Studio Gang principal Steve Wiesenthal, WORKac co-founder Dan Wood, Heintges senior principal Karen Brandt, and Tishman Speyer senior director Navid Sarrafzadeh. The rest of the day will focus on adaptive reuse and the building envelope, mass timber, net zero buildings, and designing facades for a sense of place. The program is co-chaired by Handel Architects principal John Ishihara and associate principal George Tolosa.
Following San Francisco, Facades+ will return to the east coast for programs in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and New York. In Washington, Facades+ has partnered with co-chair Eric Feiss, a principal at GWWO Architects, to bring the conference to the city for the first time since 2021. On February 14, the program will highlight 80 M Street—Washington’s first mass timber commercial overbuild—the recently-completed Norwegian Embassy, and design strategies for high-performance envelopes in unique climate conditions.
In Atlanta, Facades+ continues its tradition of showing-off the most advanced facade designs in the Southeast on March 2. Partnering with NELSON director Henry Cantwell and regional mixed-use leader Tom Arsovski, the Atlanta program will educate the audience on civic placemaking and strategies for shaping the face of mixed-use developments.
In New York, Facades+ will celebrate its largest event of the year on March 30–31. The first day will feature a full-day symposium, with a keynote from Kelly Alvarez Doran, adjunct professor at the University of Toronto and leader of MASS Design Group’s London office, who will bring issues of embodied carbon in the building envelope front-and-center to the Facades+ audience. The program will also include a feature on the recently-completed new home of Columbia Business School, and a panel on high-performance public housing in The Bronx. On the second day, workshop sessions will provide attendees the opportunity to attain a more in-depth view on topics ranging from cutting-edge designs for healthcare facades to delivering complex climate-specific envelope solutions.
Programming continues in the spring and summer with events in Houston, San Diego—for the conference’s first time—Toronto, Boston, and Fort Lauderdale. In the fall, Facades+ will return to Minneapolis, Denver, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Seattle. Continue to follow AN for more updates, and preview the entire 2023 schedule here.