What does it take to become a facade designer? MW-Skins, Brooklyn specialist, provides some answers | News

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9 Dekalb AV (rendering). Architects: SHoP Architects, Client: JDS Development. Image courtesy of SHoP and MW-Skins

Behind every facade design is a team of architects, engineers, fabricators, materials specialists and installers who work together to produce successful building envelopes. From pre-construction to installation, the world of facade design has become a niche market for businesses and individuals with specialist knowledge of building exteriors.

As a result, Archinect’s editorial team showcased and highlighted a wide range of unique facade designs and experts. From the curved glass display facade of UNStudio in Amsterdam to the Wynwood Garage facade of Faulders Studio in Miami, each project executes a highly technical level of design engineering.

Close-up of the facade design of UNStudio for PC Hoofstraat 138 in Amsterdam. Image © Evabloem / Courtesy of UN Studio

Segment of Faulders Studio’s Wynwood Garage project in Miami. Image © Moris Moreno. Courtesy of Goldman Properties / Faulders Studio.

Variations in facade design are the result of skilled architects and engineers passionate about building envelopes and creating performance-based solutions. One such example is Brooklyn-based studio MW-Skins. Their specialty in developing and implementing innovative facade solutions has led them to work with some of the world’s largest companies such as SHoP Architects, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, GF55 and Spacesmith, to name a few. .

Founding Director Markus Wilmers, facade designer and architect, launched MW-Skins in 2019. Wilmers has over a decade of expertise in facade design, energy efficiency and innovative material strategies and has made his company the “studio for facades”.

9 Dekalb AV (rendering). Architects: SHoP Architects, Client: JDS Development. Image courtesy of SHoP and MW-Skins

The studio’s skill set is defined as “new and innovative material strategies for energy efficiency and envelope strategies to challenge architectural forms” while giving weight to “the aesthetics and character of a building “. Each project MW-Skins works on covers various areas of facade production. With its team of facade design experts, Wilmers integrates multiple aspects of engineering and material innovations, from custom curtain wall design and performance analysis to schematic design, the manufacture and supervision of the installation.

As the team grows, Wilmers shares that the studio is currently looking for a Facade Designer / Architect to join their office. The ideal candidate should have a solid technical background and a degree in architecture or engineering. Knowledge of building envelopes, different facades and enclosure systems is essential, in addition to excellent command and experience with AutoCAD, Rhino, Revit and code requirements. “We have a wide-ranging portfolio, which includes all scales of luxury residential works, high-end office developments and famous cultural works,” shares MW-Skins. “Our team takes pride in our approach focused on facade design and cultivating a collaborative studio atmosphere to produce the highest quality.”

The Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Image courtesy of Bill Zahner of A. Zahner Company

Understanding what it takes to become a facade designer includes a specific set of skills and a passion for creating solutions to complex design problems. The specialty of facade design continues to grow and evolve within the AEC industry. To learn more about the opportunities to pursue a role in facade design, click here. For more on Archinect’s editorial coverage on facades, see below.