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What is Performance-Based Façade Design?

This initiative serves as a pivotal platform for industry and academic experts, standing at the forefront of innovation within various companies and associations involved in façade design, manufacturing, testing, and standardization.


The first edition, in September 2023, featured a diverse range of discussions that covered a wide spectrum of topics related to façade technology. More than sixty façade experts convened in Venice, traveling from Japan, the UK, the US, Switzerland, Canada, Germany, Belgium, France, and Italy.

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Past Events

Past Events

The first edition of the Performance-Based Façade Design initiative curated by Angela Mejorin has been hosted at Università Iuav di Venezia. The Seminar and Workshop had the support of the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, Western (Canada) and Iuav (Italy) Universities, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Order and College of Engineers of the Province of Venice, PoliMi University (Italy).

The Seminar took place on Monday afternoon, September 4th, 2023, with a focus on Performance-Based Façade Design: The Current Challenges. Some of the topics covered by the presentations were related to façade design for hazard mitigation, building sustainability, energy efficiency, freeform skins, and safety performance.  

The Workshop took place on Tuesday morning, September 5th, 2023. It corresponded to the in-person meeting for the ISO Standard draft preparation "Windows, doors and curtain walling – Impacted by windborne debris in windstorms – Test method and classification". ISO / TC 162 / WG 5 "Curtain walling" Designated Experts, together with all workshop participants, went through the in-progress standard document. 

2023 Video Highlights

2023 Photo Highlights  Seminar & Workshop

2023 Photo Highlights  Off-site activity


Angela Mejorin


My mission is to contribute to the development and implementation of technologies, design practices, standards, and guidelines that promote the safety, sustainability, and durability of building skins in various climatic conditions and scenarios.

Currently a Postdoctoral Associate at Western University, I earned my dual Ph.D. in Wind-Borne Debris Resistance of Façades, awarded by the Façade Tectonics Institute in the Vitruvian Honors and Awards program. With seven years dedicated to research and a strong background collaborating with organizations such as the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, I have engaged in standardization activities with ISO, CEN, ASTM, and ASCE.

The success of the initiative I founded on Performance-Based Façade Design in Venice, my hometown, underscores my robust network in wind engineering, façade, and building technologies. I believe that this initiative, through international and highly specialized synergy, creates knowledge-sharing that yields beyond-the-code façade solutions.


I'm always looking for new and exciting opportunities. Let's connect.

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