Winners Announced for 2016 Fentress Global Challenge

Annual competition recognizes innovation in airport design around the world

January 10, 2017 (Denver)—Fentress Architects is proud to announce the winners of the 2016 Fentress Global Challenge, the fifth edition of its international student competition representing the firm’s commitment to the advancement of innovative design in public architecture. This year’s challenge was to envision “The Airport of the Future.” Exceeding 600 registrations, the award drew students from over 50 countries. 

The three winning proposals reflect bold conceptual thinking, acute sensitivity to context, and skilled design. The first prize is valued at USD$15,000 and includes a four-week paid internship at Fentress Architects. Second place receives USD$3,000, third place USD$2,000, and the People’s Choice Award takes home USD$1,000.

“The Fentress Global Challenge is the possibility of imagination,” said Dave Gilmore, CEO of DesignIntelligence and jury member. “I was very impressed by the wide range of proposals sparked by the competition brief, from highly pragmatic to wildly conceptual,” commented Donald Albrecht, Curator at the Museum of the City of New York.

MEMBERS OF THE JURY

Dave Gilmore, DesignIntelligence

Donald Albrecht, Museum of the City of New York

Curtis Fentress, Fentress Architects

Lukas Feireiss, Studio Lukas Feireiss

Andrew Vasey, Vasey Aviation Group

Agatha Kessler, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Tobias Nolte, Certain Measures

Moderated by Andres F. Ramirez, PLANE—SITE

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ABOUT FENTRESS ARCHITECTS

Fentress Architects is an international design firm with studios across the USA, as well as in London and Shanghai. Founded by Curtis Fentress in 1980, the firm passionately pursues the creation of iconic public architecture. Fentress is internationally known for award-winning design of airports, such as the Denver International Airport, voted “Best Airport in North America” by Business Traveler readers for six consecutive years.

FIRST PLACE

AIRPORT UNDER THE FOREST PARK (Shanghai, China)

by Xingqiao Li, Fang Yu and Que Wang 

Xi’An University of Architecture and Technology, Xi’An, China

SECOND PLACE

HONG KONG AEROCENOSIS (Hong Kong)

by Anna Andronova 

Kazan State University of Architecture and Engineering, Kazan, Russia

THIRD PLACE

CARAVANSERAI (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

by Rafat Jahandideh 

Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, United Kingdom

PEOPLE’S CHOICE AWARD

DESTINATION CDG

by Michel Ghostine and Christian Ghanem 

Université Saint-Esprit de Kaslik, Jounieh, Lebanon