On Thursday, September 20th, SOM's Silas Chiow and Weiqi Wang presented at the Architectural Expression and Curtainwall Innovation Conference in Shanghai. Chiow is a Director based in SOM's Shanghai office as well as the Vice President of the Shanghai chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA Shanghai). Wang is an architectural associate based in SOM's Chicago office.
The event, the first to be jointly organized by AIA Shanghai and the Architectural Society of Shanghai China (ASSC), centered on an exploration of changes in curtain wall design within the context of rapid development and urbanization in China. Participants discussed new policies, standards, and opportunities for curtain wall design, how curtain wall design affects the design of the building facade, and innovations in curtain wall and facade integration. Leading practitioners in design, engineering, construction, and real estate attended. SOM was one of three firms invited to present research and take part in a related academic salon.
During the event, Chiow spoke with Meng’genbaoligao, the Dean of the Yuanda Curtain Wall Research Institute; Xiao Yu, Vice Chairman of Shanghai Meite Curtain Wall Co., Ltd.; Luo Yi, Chief Engineer of the Building Curtain Design Consulting Center of the China Architecture Design Institute; and Xu Qin, Director of the Structural Engineering Monitoring Department of the Shanghai Building Curtain Wall Testing Center. Participants in the salon explored how to encourage new technologies in curtain wall design, its implementation in the construction process, and designing curtain walls for extreme weather.
Wang presented the lecture "Performance-Oriented Curtain Wall Design." In his talk, Wang emphasized that when facade design represents the integration of architecture, engineering, and art, the result is not merely a single component of a building, but an integral part of the whole.