Fabric Structures Summit

Join IFAI and the Fabric Structures Association for a half day of education and networking to close out your IFAI Expo experience!

Thursday, November 4

1 – 5pm

$89 member

$109 non-members

Add-on price to EXPO registration

Hosted by Nic Goldsmith, FAIA LEED AP, award winning architect and principal of FTL Design Engineering Studios, the Summit begins with a future-focused look at the fabric industry, followed by an engaging “State of the Industry” panel that will dive deep into current trends within fabric structures in architecture.

The program continues with roundtable discussions between attendees and finishes with a networking reception.


1 – 1:50pm  |  Welcome Address and Presentation

Climate Change Strategies for the Fabric Industry

Nic Goldsmith, FAIA LEED AP, Principal, FL Design Engineering Studio

Climate change adaption is our human response to the challenge of our changing climate. 40% of global resources go the built environment and a major contribution that the built environment can make to climate change adaption is making use of infrastructure that we already have. Renewing, replacing and adaptive reuse are all strategies which our industry can embrace to tackle our part in improving our planet, but they are also good new business opportunities to move our industry forward. This presentation will showcase some of these new opportunities and outline the issues that need to be addressed for a more sustainable future.

2 – 2:50pm

State of the Fabric Structures Industry Panel Discussion

Nic Goldsmith, FAIA LEED AP, Principal, FL Design Engineering Studio
Denis Hector, R.A., LEEP AP, Associate Professor, University of Miami School of Architecture
Marc Shellshear, General Manager, Value Vinyls
Frank Brandenburg, Business Director for Architectural Fabrics, Seaman Corporation

In the wake of an unprecedented pandemic that required extreme adaptation, business owners have been faced with a host of unique challenges in the past two years, including changes in work environments, supply chain disruption, recruiting and retaining qualified employees, and more.

Moderator Nic Goldsmith will engage a panel of industry experts on a number of topics including resilience throughout the pandemic, current and future trends in fabric structures, and challenges related to codes, project bidding, structural failures and more.

3 – 4pm

Roundtable Discussions

Connect with your peers and other business owners in the fabric structures industry!  Taking the knowledge gained from the first two sessions of the Summit, participants will bring the conversation back to their tables to and share their personal experiences related to the current state of the industry.

4 – 5pm

Networking Happy Hour

Join us for a closing happy hour to end your Fabric Structures Summit and IFAI Expo experience!  Each participant will receive one drink ticket on us, and a selection of light appetizers.

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