Preliminary Programme
8:30 – 9:00 Registration
9:00 – 10:45 Panel 1 (discussion):  Investment environment and urban development challenges
9:00 – 9:30 Introduction Key-note: Municipality of Sofia Planning and Development Act in the context of the development of business zones
Arch. Zdravko Zdravkov, Chief Architect of Sofia Municipality
9:30 – 9:40  Key-note: Urban tendencies in the development of business zones – a global review
Nurhan Redzheb, Urban Planner, place.make
9:40 – 9:50  Key-note: Business zones as platforms for modern urbanization. In what city environment is an office building successful? Sofia model
Kaloyan Karamitov, Spatial Planning Coordinator, urban environment and transport, Vision for Sofia
9:50 – 10:45 Discussion:

- Characteristics of the successful business zone. Large-scale office projects as a generator for modern urbanization
- Municipality of Sofia Planning and Development Act (ZUZSO) - do the latest changes provide long-term solutions to the urban development challenges in Sofia? What kind of new opportunities are crated for the business sector?
- The Infrastructure, public transport, traffic and mobility as key aspects in the realization and development of business zones. What should be expected? Plans for the development of Sofia Metro and upcoming large-scale infrastructure projects in Sofia
Participants invited:
Arch. Zdravko Zdravkov, Chief Architect of Sofia Municipality
Evgeni Krusev, Deputy Mayor of "Transport and Transport Communications", Sofia Municipality
Atanas Garov, Managing Partner, Garitage Park
Nurhan Redzheb, Urban Planner, Place make
Tanya Koseva-Boshova, Chairman of the Association of Business Owners in Bulgaria
Kaloyan Karamitov, Urban Planning Coordinator, Urban Environment and Transport, Vision for Sofia
Moderator: Ivan Velkov, Deputy Chairman of the Sofia Municipality Council
10:45 – 11:00  Coffee break
11:00 – 12:00 Panel 2 (discussion): Office market 2018 - tendencies, risks, and opportunities 2018

-    Economic basis for office market development. What are the perspectives for the outsourcing and IT industries as main driving forces for the market of modern office space – what are the potential office tenants looking for and what are they (not) finding?
-    The evolution of office spaces – from office buildings and areas to the office as a flexible hub and an operational service - what are the requirements of the new generation of users?
-    Under development: What and where will the new office projects be? What will be their effect on the market? What are the challenges for the developers?
-    Management of office buildings - how does the property management company add extra value to the owners and tenants in office buildings?
-    What are the perspectives for the development of the office market outside Sofia?
Participants invited:
David Davidov, Managing Partner, Garitage Park 
Adina Welsh, CEO, Expo 2000 Office Park, RPHI
Stanimira Pashova, Office Space Manager, Cushman & Wakefield Forton
Michal Muc, Managing Director, Ceres Management Services
Todor Kavrakov, CPM, Property Manager, Trade Center Europe
Anton Slavtchev, CEO Slavtchev Consulting, Asset Manager, Serdika Offices
Moderator: Verka Petkova, Business Development Director, Colliers International
12:00 – 12:10 Coffee break
12:10 – 13:10 Panel 3 (discussion):  Technological revolution and facade engineering - Trends and Challenges 2018

-    What are the important criteria when making a decision for the facade systems and how can the mistakes and subsequent losses for investors be prevented? Why should the project for facade engineering be a separate part of the architectural project? What are the advantages of this model for the individual participants in the construction and investment process?
-    Safety and optimization of risk - the need for standards for safe glazing
-    Trends: What is the level of facade engineering on the Bulgarian market in the context of important for the industry aspects such as design, functionality, safety and technical challenges? What and how can it be further developed and improved?
-    Innovative models and implementation of a holistic approach to achieving integration and synergy between facades and the other building systems
Participants invited:
Arch. Dipl. Eng. Klimentin Chernev, Managing Director, Alukönigstahl
Arch. Angel Zahariev, Director, A&A Architects
Eng. Veneta Novakova, Director R&D, ETEM Group
Hristo Shterev, Bulgarian Doors, Windows and Facades Association
Dipl. Eng. Elin Dikov, Marketing Manager, Corel 67
Patrick Beul, B.Eng., MBA Eng., Sales Manager, Rieder
Moderator: Arch. Dimitar Katsarov, Starh
13:10 – 14:00 Lunch break
14:00 – 17:00 Panel 4 (presentations): Technological revolution and office buildings. Trends in office architecture and design
-    Office projects – from buildings to tech service hubs. How does the dynamic and development of IT and BPO industries as main office users affect the way office buildings look and function? Case studies 2018.
-    Intelligent building solutions and technologies for effective and functional office buildings.
-    Creating attractive and creative workspaces with a modern office interior. What are the important features of a modern office environment as a key factor in boosting productivity and retaining human capital?
Potential participants
14:00 – 15:20 Part 1: 
Dipl. Eng. Yavor Otashliiski, Head of Regional Centre for Southeastern Europe, Knauf AMF
Eng. Gergana Konstantinova, Sales Engineer, Danfoss Bulgaria
Kaloyan Georgiev, Expert, Schneider Electric
Niko Golosmanov, CEO, Kone
Arch. Stoimen Demerdzhiev, Chief Operating Officer, Stephen George International
Arch. Irina Dimitrova, Atelier Serafimov Architects
Arch. Hristo Stankushev, Founder, Don`t DIY
15:20 – 16:40 Part 2:
Ralitsa Kamenova, Representative of Armstrong Bulgaria
Stanislav Haidutov, Marketing Director, Octa Light Bulgaria
Arch. Ilian Iliev, CEO, Planning
Arch. Dimitar Sharenkov, CEO, SAID ltd.
Arch. Milena Nanova, Manager and Leading Designer, Studio 17.5
Arch. Martin Ryashev, DA Architects
Arch. Mirolub Petrinski, Bates Bulgaria
Moderator: Nikolay Todorov, Editor-in-Chief, “Buildings and Technologies”, The City Media Group
*The programme is preliminary and may be subject to change

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