Fentress Architects announces shortlisted projects and jury for annual student global challenge

Fentress Architects is proud to announce the jury and shortlisted projects for the 2017 Fentress Global Challenge, an international design competition for young and student architects. The shortlist includes 14 exemplary projects from international design students  tasked with designing the Airport of the Future. The esteemed panel of judges, eight aviation and industry professionals, seek  designs that incorporate new thinking and innovative ideas for airport design.

This is the sixth year that Fentress Architects has sponsored and administered the award, which brings a First Prize of $15,000 and a summer internship at Fentress’ Denver office; four additional winners will receive smaller cash awards. Winners will be announced on November 30.

This year’s jury features aviation experts and industry professionals, including Aileen Cho, Senior Editor at Engineering News-Record (ENR); Chester Chipperfield, freelance Creative Director at Boom Supersonic and former Creative Director of Tesla; Curt Fentress, of Fentress Architects; David Brody, Founder and Chairman of XTI Aircraft Company; Khaled Naja, Executive Vice President for the Infrastructure & Development Division of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport; Kim Day, CEO of Denver International Airport; Michael McCoy, first recipient of the Smithsonian’s Design Minds National Design Award; and Tom Allett, Editor of Airports International Magazine.

With over 500 student entries from more than 50 countries representing universities in six continents, the competition generated worldwide interest. Fresh  ideas included airport verticality to decrease the traditional airport footprint and “intelligent airports” with “brains” that utilize AI. Each student developed a detailed and concise strategy to ensure that the future airport experience is as efficient as it is socially conscious and ecologically sound. Highlights from the short list include:

An airport that incorporates the comforts of home, a “2nd Home Airport from Team Diana of Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering in Russia:


This reconceived version of Tokyo’s airport, with terminals dispersed throughout parkland, a streamlined passenger experience and energy sourced from the waste stream of the surrounding neighbourhoods;

Team Sea Kay of Univeristi Teknologi Malaysia imagined the Airport.Zip, a “compressed” airport that sits amid a solar farm.

This fantastic entry deconstructs the Hong Kong Airport from Team Stud’O of Architectural Association in the UK.

Entitled “Oblivion,” this entry from Team Talia of Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering
in Russia envisions the Tokyo Airport within the form of a mountain:

A Filipino team, Team Imahinasyn, designed and illustrated a biomorphic airport:

Additional entries were submitted by Team Polina Yavna of Moscow Architectural Institute (MARCHI) – State Academy, who reconfigured the Moscow Airport as an Aerotropolis; Team Oliver Pozegic of Manchester School of Architecture in the UK, who proposed Dallas/Ft. Worth Airport as “Planestation”; Team DMD 511 from Qingdao University of Technology in China with an elaborate Vertical Airport; Team Thomas M. Smith of University College in London, whose entry includes “capsule boarding” and suggests relocating O’Hare Airport in Chicago to the Lake Michigan Waterfront; Team Jia Yapp of the Welsh School of Architecture/Cardiff University, who projected “Heathrow 2.0”; and Team Tufa of the Architectural Association in Mexico, with an entry entitled “The Urban Form of Aviation.”