“Memento audere semper” (Remember to dare always) is Sergio’s motto — and not only for engineering.
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Sergio De Gaetano is the global leader of the Façade Engineering practice with nearly 20 years of international experience and extensive working knowledge of complex façades and roof systems. Sergio is also skilled in investigations of building façade defects and providing expert witness services. He has been involved in fire performance assessments of existing building envelopes following the tragedy at Grenfell Tower in London, and in checking compliance with UK building regulations.
Sergio’s most recent façade design credits include Sky SOHO in Shanghai, an iconic mixed-use development with Zaha Hadid Architects; KOC Art Gallery in Istanbul with Grimshaw; and the re-development of the Wimbledon No.1 Court in London with AELTC. His project experience at previous firms includes the new extension to the Tate Modern in London with Herzog & de Meuron; the new Pulkovo Airport in St. Petersburg with Grimshaw; the Pirelli Headquarters in Milan; and Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi – the largest indoor theme park in the world. Sergio also has extensive experience in the investigation of building façade defects and providing expert witness services.
Sharing His Expertise
He has lectured widely in Europe, the US, Middle East and Asia, and is a regular speaker at prestigious international conferences. Sergio is a Member of the UK’s Institution of Civil Engineers, a Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers’ Society of Façade Engineering and a Member of the Academy of Experts in the UK.
Outside of Work
More recently, Sergio spends most of his time with family, raising his two children. Sergio’s interests include tennis and football (soccer). He also enjoys playing his favorite electric guitars – a Stratocaster and a Les Paul – and writing songs. One of his songs with his band Alchimia, ‘Regina del Lampo’, is recorded here:
• Façade engineering
• Façade structural analysis and thermal modeling
• Innovative and custom-made envelopes
• Investigation of existing façades and forensics
• Expert witness services
• Bomb-blast enhancements for façades and cladding systems
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