Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Skin New York: A Conversation Between an Architect, a Façade Consultant, an Engineer, and a Fabricator

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2015
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: Harvard Club of NYC: 35 W. 44th St, New York, NY 10036
Organizer: CTBUH New York



With increased reliance on technology and specialization, and the need for speed and innovation, the Façade Talks Series aims at a new type of open and focused conversation to bring together different sides of the spectrum of the façade industry. 
The Talks are focused on building enclosure systems and the challenges in designing and building façades, where Industry leaders in architecture, façade design, engineering, and construction will present and discuss new ideas, innovative technologies, and challenges in both design and construction based on a specific theme.

Bertram Beissel, Design and Project Partner, Atelier Jean Nouvel Robert Otani,
Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
Mic Patterson, Vice President of Strategic Development, Advanced Technology Studio at Enclos Erik Verboon, Associate, Buro Happold Facade Engineering

Bertram Beissel - will be discussing projects specific to NYC and challenges from a designer's standpoint.

Bertram Beissel worked with OMA-Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam in 1988 and graduated from the ETH Zürich in 1991. He volunteered for housing homeless families in Paris with the non-profit association DAL in 1992, and worked with Architecture Studio from 1993 to 1997 on immigrant social housing. He joined Ateliers Jean Nouvel in 1998 and became a partner in 2002. After several years working with Jean Nouvel in Paris, he took charge of a series of international projects from design through construction, which led him to reside successively in Minneapolis, Paris, Sydney and New York. Bertram is currently based in New York and is the Director for AJN’s U.S. projects.

Robert Otani - will be discussing the VIA 57 West Project by BIG and related Research Development in Façades done within the CORE Stutio at Thornton Tomasetti.

Principal Robert Otani is Thornton Tomasetti’s special structures leader. Rob has more than 18 years of professional experience in the areas of structural design, project management, advanced computational design, and modeling. He has worked on a variety of sports, commercial high-rise, infrastructure, aviation, cultural projects, and structural art. Rob is a licensed professional engineer in New York as well as New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Alberta, Canada and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction. He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in civil engineering from Pennsylvania State University. He teaches at Columbia University and Pratt Institute.

Mic Patterson - will be discussing the VIA 57 West Project by BIG, 432 Park Avenue by Rafael Vinoly Architects, and Innovations in Fabrication and Installation Methodologies.

Mic Patterson is a designer, researcher, educator, futurist, author, photographer, and entrepreneur. He has concentrated his professional and academic career on advanced façade technology, structural glass façades, and green building practices. He pioneered the introduction of structural glass façade technology in the US in the 1990s, contributing into the new millennium with the implementation of a diverse body of novel applications, including cable trusses, cable nets, and grid shells. Most recently, Patterson participated in the establishment of the Enclos Advanced Technology Studio where he works as the Vice President of Strategic Development. Enclos is a leading national specialty façade contractor, and the Studio is its dedicated think-tank with the mission of anticipating and realizing the future of the building skin. Patterson is a PhD candidate in the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California with a research focus on sustainable façade renovation practices. He has taught, written extensively, and lectured internationally on diverse aspects of advanced façade technology. He is the author of Structural Glass Façades and Enclosures.

Eric Verboon - will be discussing the 111 W. 57th Street tower by SHOP Architects

Erik Verboon is an Associate with Buro Happold, leading the façade engineering team at New York City. With deep global experience, Erik ’s focus is on the design of complex and high performance building envelopes for a wide range of building types. He has worked with a variety of façade applications including high-performance double skin façades, geometrically complex composite façades, and custom unitized enclosures for both new buildings and existing building retrofits and extensions. Erik’s previous experience in architectural design and his knowledge in digital design, geometric rationalization, and environmental analysis has allowed him to help architects develop and achieve their architectural vision while maintaining the highest performance at all times. This work has been demonstrated on both new buildings and renovation projects for academic, commercial, and cultural clients. Erik shares his experience through teaching engagements at Columbia University, Pratt School of Architecture, and Stevens Institute of Technology.

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