Sky Fort - AA Architect

The ETEM International Facade Engineering Conference is a global event presenting the latest trends in facade engineering and innovative architecture. The 4th edition of this leading edge conference will take place on October 21, 2017 at the Sofia Event Center in Sofia, Bulgaria with BMW Bulgaria, Elval Color, Inver and Ursa as co-partners this year.

Taking place every two years, high profile figures and specialists in the field of architecture will convene in Sofia to explore the latest approaches in facade engineering design, as well as topics in urban planning, energy efficiency and the future of architecture in the context of a changing environment.

Key note speakers this year include Takeyuki Katsuya, architect of the new CAMP NOU STADIUM in Barcelona and General Manager ‘Design’ at the Japanese giant Nikken Sekkei – one of the leading architectural and engineering studios in Asia. Also presenting as a key note speaker will be Markus Prossnigg, lead architect at Coop Himmelb(l)au. Known as a ultra-modern architect, Prossnigg is connected with some of today’s largest projects in France and China and is the architect behind the unique Musee de Confluences in Lyon, France (2014).

CAMP NOU STADIUM – Nikken Sekkei


Musee de confluences
Musee de confluences – Coop Himmelb(l)au

This year’s line up will also include Matthieu Meur – Director at DP Architects, Andrea D’Antrassi – architect and associate partner at MAD architects, Steen Andersen – architect and facade specialist at Henning Larsen Architects, Vladimir Marinov – structural engineer at Stufio Define Engineers and Bernard Gilmont – Director of engineered projects at the European Aluminium Association.

A number of high profile professionals from Bulgaria’s architectural sector will also be speaking this year at ETEM. Speakers include Angel Zahariev, founder of the Bulgarian architectural studio A&A architects. This studio is known for their exploration of spatial and architectural themes in Sofia through exemplary projects such as the Capital Fort and Sky Fort skyscrapers.

Sky Fort - AA Architect
Sky Fort – AA Architect

With more than 20+ years experience in architectural design, Bulgarian architect Radomir Serafimov will also be in attendance. His impressive portfolio includes the multifunctional Blue Offices building in Sofia, a structure distinguished by its simple forms, mirror surface facades and delicate, sculptured details.

Facade by Aterlier Serafimov
Facade by Aterlier Serafimov

Further to this, one of Bulgaria’s most well know architects, Rositza Bratkova, will take part in the forum. Co-founder of the Aedes Studio, her lengthy list of significant projects include the Jaclyn Residential Building, which was distinguished as part of the Mies van der Rohe selection in 2009.

In addition to absorbing sharing knowledge and ideas, ETEM also offers a dynamic environment for networking with visitors coming from all parts of the globe. For tickets and more information about this event, please click here.