Fentress Architects Creates Iconic Architecture that Improves the Human Environment
Founded in 1980, Fentress Architects is a global design firm headquartered in Denver with five studios located throughout the United States. Our talented team of professionals have designed over $43 billion in architectural landmarks worldwide, which have garnered over 600 awards and are visited by more than 650 million people each year.
Award-Winning Experience + Expertise
Fentress is internationally known for our innovative, award-winning design of airports, museums, convention centers, laboratories, higher education, civic and government buildings. Our expertise also includes office, mixed-use, religious and residential buildings.All Projects
Specialty, In-House Expertise
In addition to architecture, interior design and planning, we also provide mission-critical design, particularly for tech and military organizations; adaptive reuse and modernization design, along with restoration and historic preservation; on-call services for task order and term contracts; sustainable design, including LEED certification and SITES accreditation; and our Special Projects Studio (SPS) delivers design-build and other fast-track delivery methods to achieve rapid mobilization on strict budgets.Meet Our Leaders
Honors + Awards
As testament to Fentress Architects’ innovative design approach, over 100 organizations—including peer organizations like the American Institute of Architects—have bestowed more than 600 honors, awards and accolades on Fentress-designed projects. A sampling of the awarding bodies are included below.Recent Awards
Curtis Fentress founds C.W. Fentress & Associates
First ground-up high-rise, 1999 Broadway, opens in downtown Denver, and contributes to Denver Business Magazine recognizing the firm as a “Top Ten” business in Denver.
Win second national design competition for Phase I of the Colorado Convention Center, groundbreaking occurs the next year and it is inaugurated during a 10-day celebration in 1990.
Firm named changed to C.W. Fentress & J.H. Bradburn Associates
Win first international design competition for Incheon International Airport, which opens to rave reviews nine years later.
Natural Resources Building in Olympia, Washington receives Architecture and Energy Award, a testament to the firm’s early commitment to sustainable design.
Awarded Colorado AIA Firm of the Year in recognition for contributions to both the profession and the built environment.
Denver International Airport opens and has since won over 40 awards, including more than 20 that distinguish it as one of the best airports both in North America and worldwide.
Curtis Fentress is elevated to a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects and a monograph of his work is published by l’Arcaedizioni.
First stadium project: Mile High, home of the Denver Broncos.
Fentress University, an internal AIA/CES provider, is founded to facilitate continuing education.
Civic Builders is published, which showcases 30 contemporary projects by a wide selection of architects—from the world renowned
to the little known.
Our first permanent satellite office opens in Washington, DC to support the National Museum of the Marine Corps and expand the firm’s presence on the east coast.
Firm name is abbreviated to Fentress Architects following Jim Bradburn’s retirement in 2003 after 23 years of steadfast dedication and innumerable contributions.
San Jose studio opens, followed two years later by the Los Angeles studio, to support a growing number of projects in California.
At 60-stories-tall, Arraya Tower in Kuwait City is the firm’s first project located in the Middle East and was, as of this year, the fourth tallest in the world.
Curtis Fentress is awarded National AIA Thomas Jefferson Award in recognition of contributions to public architecture.
The new Central Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport opens as largest design-build airport project completed to date.
The Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport achieves U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Gold certification. At 1.25 million square feet, it is the largest terminal in the world with LEED certification.
Invited by the European Cultural Centre and the Global Art Affairs Foundation, Fentress presented Now Boarding at the Venice Biennale from from May 28 – November 27, 2016. The exhibition explored the past, present and future of airport design.
Fentress selected for their first embassy project by Statsbygg, the Norwegian Directorate of Public Construction and Property, to design the 30,000-square-foot expansion and renovation of the Royal Norwegian Chancery in Washington, DC.
The elliptical glass façade of the Sie Welcome Center at the Denver Art Museum is constructed. It is the first structural glass wall of this scale and size in North America.
Clark County Government Center is heralded ”an architectural gem” as it wins AIA Western Mountain Region’s 25-Year Award.
Deborah Lucking becomes firm’s first woman and ninth principal (joining current principals Curtis Fentress, Mike Winters, Steve White, Ned Kirschbaum and Brian Chaffee) to be elevated to the AIA’s College of Fellows. Only three percent of all AIA members hold this distinction.