Fentress Global Challenge: Airport of the Future

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The aviation industry supports $3.5 trillion in annual economic activity, 32 million jobs and 2.4 billion passengers per year; therefore airport design has become more important than ever.

Innovative Technologies…Iconic Design...Sustainability…Globalization …Urbanization…Security…Flexibility and Beauty.

Expressions of our ever-changing world, these words inspire Fentress Architects first-ever Global Challenge, an international idea competition inviting architecture and engineering students to present their vision for the airport of the future.

The aviation industry supports $3.5 trillion in annual economic activity, 32 million jobs and 2.4 billion passengers per year; therefore airport design has become more important than ever. In the last 15 years, spurred by globalization and urbanization, there has been a resurgence of new airports in almost every city around the world.

Continually pushing the forefront of airport design, Curtis Fentress is known for his focus on enhancing the human experience from “curbside to airside,” offering passengers the latest in innovations, efficiency and comfort. Fentress Architects is a global leader in airport architecture with a portfolio totaling more than 52 million square feet of airport terminals and facilities, including:

  •     Denver International Airport (Best Airport in North America, Business Traveler Readers’ Survey, Denver International Airport Passenger Terminal Complex, 2008)
  •     Incheon International Airport (Best Airport Worldwide, Airports Council International, 2005-2010)
  •     Mineta San Jose International Airport (World’s Most Technologically Advanced Airport, Airport Improvement Magazine, 2010)
  •     Los Angeles International Airport (Best Construction and Design Projects, California Construction and Design, 2010)

Fentress Architects is a learning organization, fostering an environment where creativity and leadership thrive. The studio invites students to share their innovative ideas about the future of airport architecture through the 2011 Fentress Global Challenge, which ponders:

What is the future of airport design? How will the Airport of the Future look and function?
What is the human experience within this future airport?

Evaluated in areas such as Creative Approach, Response to Site, Sustainability and Functionality, the winning student will earn a prize value of $10,000, which includes $3,000 cash and a paid internship at Fentress Architects during the summer of 2012. The winning design will also gain international exposure in a traveling museum exhibit. Second and third place winners will receive prize values of $1,000 and $500 respectively.

Registration Deadline             Monday, October 31, 2011        
Question Submission Deadline     Monday, November 7, 2011    
Design Submission Deadline         Saturday, December 31, 2011    
Winners Announced              Wednesday, February 15, 2012    
Winning Designs Exhibited          July 2012- 2015
Internship at Fentress Architects      Summer 2012    

Please visit http://www.fentressarchitects.com/aof for more information.

Fentress Architects is a global design firm that passionately pursues the creation of sustainable and iconic architecture. Together with its clients, Fentress creates inspired design to improve the human environment. Founded by Curtis Fentress in 1980, the firm has designed US$26 billion of architectural projects worldwide, visited by over 300 million people each year. Fentress is a dynamic learning organization, driven to grow its ability to design, innovate and exceed client expectations. The firm has been honored with more than 360 distinctions for design excellence and innovation, and in 2010, Curtis Fentress was honored by the American Institute of Architects with the most prestigious award for public architecture, the Thomas Jefferson Award. Fentress has studios in Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; San Jose, California; Washington, D.C.; and London, U.K. http://www.fentressarchitects.com

For media-related inquiries, please contact Angela Potrykus at 303.282.6192 or pr(at)fentressarchitects(dot)com. For competition-related questions, please email globalchallenge(at)fentressarchitects(dot)com


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