Industry leaders to inspire, inform, and engage at Materials 2017

With less than three months remaining until the event’s launch, Materials 2017 is proud to have the support of some of the construction industry’s biggest influencers in the form of its comprehensive conference programme.

Speakers have been confirmed from design practices including Arup, FMDC and Hobs Studio, engineering firms including GL&SS, Structuremode and AECOM, industry associations including BBA, Concrete Centre and SCIN, as well as industry leading material manufacturers and suppliers such as Armourcoat-Ductal, Dow Corning and Tata Steel.

Unique and engaging topics such as ‘the future of clay materials within architecture’ and ‘low carbon materials for a healthier world’, plus numerous panel debates covering each material in detail, are to be featured with individual panel participants including top industry names.

A wide variety of materials – from ceramics, stone, brick, and timber to glass, concrete, metal, and smart materials – will be discussed, looking not only at their use in creating striking designs but also at alternative functionalities beyond their common purposes within building structures, envelope, façades and finishes. In addition to manufacturers and suppliers showcasing striking aesthetic designs created with their materials, the conference and exhibition will explore practical applications of such materials. The emphasis on materials for structures, envelope, façades, and finishes is testament to the fact that Materials 2017 adopts a comprehensive and multifaceted approach aligning with the needs of architects, specifiers, and contractors.

Tim Macfarlane of GL&SS – a structural engineering consultancy that largely revolutionised the use of structural glass – has unveiled his conference topic, saying:

“many of the things you see around you; glass staircases, glass floors, and glass beams, were all things that we pioneered. The talk that I’m going to give will focus on the developments that took place in a design sense.”

Materials 2017 – the new conference and exhibition focused entirely on the cutting-edge of material solutions for architecture, construction, and design – is coming to London from Tue 25th to Wed 26th April. The event was conceived from the burning necessity for a nuanced perspective on building product specification and procurement.

To see a full conference list and for other information about Materials 2017, please visit or head straight to to sign up.