2017 Fentress Global Challenge: Airport of the Future

Sponsor: Fentress Architects

Eligibility: The competition is open to graduate and undergraduate students who are currently pursuing architecture or engineering degrees at an accredited university program, as well as recent graduates (within the last four years) with a degree in architecture or engineering.

1 October 2017 – Submission Deadline
31 October 2017 – Shortlist Announcement
30 November 2017 – Winners Announcement
Summer 2018 – Internship at Fentress Architects

1st PlaceUS$15,000
The top prize includes US$5,000 cash, a four-week paid internship at Fentress Architects, airfare, lodging and certificate, a value of $15,000. Interns from outside the U.S. are responsible for obtaining necessary visa and paperwork. Fentress Architects will provide a supporting letter for visa purposes. Internship details will be arranged separately with the winner. If entering as a group, the prize will be distributed equally.

2nd Place –  US$3,000

3rd Place – US$2,000

2 People’s Choice Awards – US$1,000


Design Challenge:

Unprecedented demand for travel and global commerce has resulted in the proliferation of airports around the world. In their short history, terminal buildings have been criticized for employing generic architectural forms that are unapologetically disconnected from their context and cultural identity. Technical complexity and functional design has often taken precedence over comfort and quality for users.

In less than a century, the airport has emerged as a new architectural typology that is as important as other large-scale public buildings such as museums, libraries, temples and courthouses. Airports are among the most complex and highly frequented transportation hubs, but they are also increasingly important places for work, commerce, recreation and culture. The rapid evolution of airports necessitates the incorporation of the latest developments in technology, design and social trends around the globe.

Started in 2011, the Fentress Global Challenge is an annual international competition created to engage young architects in the exploration of future design possibilities in public architecture. For 2017, students are invited to envision “The Airport of the Future.” The winners will gain international exposure, receive cash prizes and a paid internship at Fentress Architects.

Participants are encouraged to re-envision the terminal building in the year 2075, taking into consideration local context, technological trends, project feasibility and passenger experience. In line with the speculative nature of the competition, participants should seek to improve every dimension of the airport terminal building. All entries should delve into one or more broad topics related to airport architecture and the future of aviation such as urbanization, globalization, technology, flexibility, security, and adaptability.

For more Info, go to: http://www.fentressglobalchallenge.com/competition-brief