Future Envelope 11

Facade Research Group
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
22 June 2017
TU Delft, Aula Congress Centre

Next Business

The Future Envelope 11 – Conference on Building Envelopes

Over recent years, we have observed new trends and legal requirements such as lifecycle concepts and the need for buildings that use nearly zero energy. User and comfort level are moving into the focus. This asks for new and integrated building and façade concepts. Ultimately the question is how these new developments can get translated into viable business concepts for the future building envelopes. We believe that technological development needs to go along with innovations in legal and financial concepts for the building industry.

‘Next Business’ aims at answering the following questions: What are the trends that determine the future of the building envelope? Which business concepts can be found to react to these trends and what can we learn from other industries? What are the legal and financial implications for a different approach? How will new business concepts shape our façade products and services?

During the 11th edition of the annual conference, twelve international speakers from research, industry, management and design will share their experience and visions of the future building envelope.

'Next Business' is organised by the Facade Research Group, Chair Design of Construction, TU Delft in cooperation with the European Façade Network (EFN)


The conference is divided into four sessions, each followed by a discussion. Close contact with the audience is a fix part of the concept.

8:30 Registration

9:00 Opening
Andy van den Dobbelsteen, Head of Department AE+T, TU Delft, NL
Bert Lieverse, VMRG, NL
Moderation Ulrich Knaack, Tillmann Klein

9:30 – 11:00 Session 1 – Business Models
Olaf Blaauw, Delta Development, NL
Marc Wesselink, Startbootcamp, NL
Juan Azcarate-Aguerre, TU Delft, NL

11:30 – 13:00 Session 2 – The Product Perspective
Carlos Mella-Cottenie, Hunter Douglas, CL
Frank Ilg - PERI Group, DE
Thomas Fehlhaber, Unipor, DE

14:00 – 15:30 Session 3 – Building Industry Insights
Marc Zobec, Permasteelisa, IT
Simon Sun Nung Chan, HKFA Hongkong Façade Association, HK
Joep Rats, Bouwend Nederland, NL

16:00 – 17:30 Session 4 – The Architectural Challenge
Hans Hammink, Architekten Cie, NL
Fredrik Nilsson, White Arkitekter/TU Chalmers, SE
Lone Wiggers, C.F. Møller Architects, DK

17:30 - Discussion




Please register here

Registration fee:

Normal participant € 240
Employee TU Delft€ 60
Student *€ 30

*To confirm the Student registration, please send a copy of your student card to FutureEnvelope-bk@tudelft.nl, after your registration is completed


A selection of papers coming from this conference will be published in the Journal of Façade Design and Engineering.

For further information: http://jfde.tudelft.nl/


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For more information contact FutureEnvelope-bk@tudelft.nl.


Aula Congress Centre, Mekelweg 5, 2628 CC Delft. 


Juan Azcarate-Aguerre

graduated from TU Delft and the Southern California Institute of Architecture, in Los Angeles. He has worked as architectural engineer and designer, and as BIM project coordinator, both in the USA and the Netherlands. He is currently a PhD researcher at TU Delft, his field of expertise is the integration between building technologies and real estate management through the application of Circular Economic principles.

Thomas Fehlhaber

is managing director of the Unipor Association and several Unipor operations in Germany and Netherland. Thomas is also responsible for R+D activities within the Unipor group of family run brick manufacturers in Germany. After his studies in geophysics in Karlsruhe, he worked as researcher at Institute of Concrete and Masonry Structures, TU Darmstadt (Germany). He received his PhD in civil engineering from TU Darmstadt in 1993 with a concrete topic. From 1993 – 1996 he worked as civil engineer specialized in building physics and environmental topics. In addition to this, he was professor for concrete design at the Fachhochschule Darmstadt. In 1996 he started his international career in building materials with Pioneer International Ltd. and Hanson plc. Since 2004 he is CEO of Unipor.  

Hans Hammink

graduated at Technical University Delft, Department of Architecture. He worked in various offices in the UK and the Netherlands. He is teaching in Arnhem and Amsterdam. Currently, he is working as an Associate Architect at de Architekten Cie. in Amsterdam. He is working on large projects, both national and international, focusing on sustainability and circularity, and combining technology and architecture.

Frank Ilg

began his studies in Mechanical Engineering in 2000, which he completed in 2006. Immediately afterwards, he studied industrial engineering while working. In 2009 he completed his second degree in engineering. He began his professional career in 2006, after graduating as a mechanical engineer. He was deployed in different national and international projects (Russia, Turkey, Poland, India and Brazil). Since 2014 he is the Head of Innovation for the PERI Group. Frank and his team concentrate on topics that endanger PERI's existing business model through its radical character. To this end they focus on the development of disruptive business models with regard to physical products. 

Marc Wesselink

is the Managing Director at Startupbootcamp. Startupbootcamp Amsterdam is part of an Industry Focused Accelerator family of 16 programs on 4 continents. He is a serial Entrepreneur, who has started 12 companies in FMCG, Home Electronics, Healthcare, E-Commerce, HR and Finance, B2B & B2C. His experience has provided him with an in depth knowledge on many fields which can help entrepreneurs to maintain a 360 degree view on their business. He is a motivator, business coach, critical optimist. With his skills and experience, he is currently in charge of selecting Startups for the Accelerator programs. In that capacity he sees over 1.000 startups a year and trying to help if possible. Currently, he is trying to set up the biggest Europe Based Startup Seed Investment Fund and Interim Managing Director of Startupbootcamp SmartCity & Living 2017.

Joep Rats

is an economist working as director Economic Affairs at Bouwend Nederland, the dutch association for the construction industry. The 4300 members are responsible for 65% of the revenue in construction in the Netherlands and 60% of the employment in the sector. As a social partner Bouwend Nederland is in contact with different levels of government, local, regional and national, with parliament and relevant stakeholders to influence legislation, budgets and policies. All to improve the conditions for the companies so they can be successful in fulfilling the societal needs in the physical environment like buildings, infrastructure, nature, water-protection programs. Central themes are innovation, interaction business and knowledge institutes and procurement policies.

Fredrik Nilsson

architect SAR/MSA, PhD, Professor of Architectural Theory at Chalmers University of Technology, where he is Head of Department of Architecture. Nilsson is also Chief Research Strategist at White Arkitekter, where he was Head of Research and Development 2007-2014. His research profile is mainly directed to the developments in contemporary architecture, architectural theory, technology and philosophy. He has a special interest in the epistemology of architecture and the interaction between theory, conceptual thinking and design work, aiming to reinforce exchange between research and architectural practice. He is currently director of the strong research environment in architectural theories and methods “Architecture in the Making: Architecture as a Making Discipline and Material Practice”, funded by the Swedish research council Formas 2011-2017 and run in collaboration between the Swedish Schools of Architecture.

Lone Wiggers

studied architecture in Denmark and Paris, France, graduated in 1989 from the Architecture School in Aarhus, Denmark, worked in the UK, and Denmark since 1989 as a professional architect, employed in 1990 with C.F. Møller Architects, - Partner of C.F. Møller Architects Holding A/S in 1997. For more than 25 years, Lone Wiggers has been working in organizations and in practice for the promotion of architectural quality. She has served as chairwoman of the National Arts Foundation Section, a member of the board of the Danish Association of Architectural Firms- she has been a longstanding member of AA / DAL's Representatives, and a member of several national and architectural sustainability committees. Presently, Lone Wiggers is sitting as one of the two architects of the Confederation of Danish industry´s building Policy committee.

Olaf Blaauw

is a systems thinker and doer, as well as fellow initiator of Delta Development and SADC’s ‘Valley’ project in Hoofddorp, near Schiphol Airport. Valley is the world’s first Circular Economy business development hub, where collaborative design successfully leads to systemic innovation and transformation. Olaf started his journey studying Biology and Medicinal Chemistry at Leiden University and subsequently meandered freely through different areas of our society and its economy where science and commerce cross paths. His collaboration on Valley has proved to be defining. Working out the practical translation from holistic thinking and the principles of Cradle to Cradle™ and the Circular Economy to pragmatic execution in situ, has been the hallmark of Olaf’s work for the past years. Olaf further operates his own consultancy in the service of system transition and counts an international group of top decision makers amongst his clientele.

Carlos Mella-Cottenie

Industrial Civil Engineer – Universidad del Desarrollo (2000 - 2005), Majoring in management. He currently leads the area of Product Development, Projects Engineering and Development of New Processes for Hunter Douglas Chile S.A. Since 2008 has developed experience in R&D and Applied Innovation in the area of Project Engineering, working in the development of standard and non-standard/complex architectural products at Hunter Douglas Chile Inc. These developments have given the position of R&D and Technical Sales Support Manager, with a strong focus in process optimization and incorporation of new technologies.

Mr. Simon, Sun Nung Chan

is the Technical Director of Far East Aluminium Works Company Ltd (Hong Kong). With over 30 years of experience in curtain wall design, he has extensive and profound knowledge in the façade industry in Hong Kong and the United States. Throughout the years, he successfully designed and tested more than hundred of curtain wall projects. Mr. Chan had involved in some major projects in Hong Kong and around the world. For instance, he was responsible and in charge all design work to a huge Façade contract for a very prestige project namely Burj Khalifa in Dubai, it is the world tallest building at 828 meter height with façade area of 12,500 square meters. Mr. Chan received his Master degree in Construction Engineering and Management (Griffith University, Australia) in 2006. He was a guest speaker in the Open University of Hong Kong for the Professional Diploma Course in Façade Engineering & Management, and the Hong Kong University of Science & Technology for a module of Façade Design & Materials in MSc/PD in Civil Infrastructural Engineering & Management in 2016. Mr. Chan has been elected as the Council Board Member of Hong Kong Façade Association ("HKFA") since 2005.

Marc Zobec

(PhD, FIE Aust, EngExec, CPEng) is the Group Technical Director for the Permasteelisa Group; a global leader specialising in the management, design, production and installation of bespoke architectural building envelopes and interiors systems. He holds a Bachelor of Civil Engineering Degree and PhD from the University of Technology, Sydney, as well as a Master of Engineering degree in Structural Design from Deakin University. A Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), Engineering Executive, Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia as well as member of the civil and structural colleges, he has lead and managed the design, engineering and research of numerous prestigious buildings worldwide and published in excess of 30 technical, conference or journal papers specifically in the areas of façade design, energy and sustainability, innovative materials and blast enhanced design.  

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