Airport of the Future Contest [Prizes Worth over Rs. 12L]: Submit by July 31, 2020: Expired

Airport of the future contestAbout the Event

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.


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

Current students must provide proof of active enrollment status: a scanned copy of their student ID and current course schedule. Recent graduates must provide a scanned copy of their diploma


FGC participants are challenged to envision a terminal building for the year 2100. Concepts must:

1. Create a new airport terminal concept.

2. Employ Fentress’ Touchstone Use Context to Create Identity.

3. Improve upon at least one primary factor influencing airport terminal building design in 2100.

4. Achieve sustainability and resiliency.

5. Site the new terminal at one of the 20 busiest airports (by passenger volume) in the world:

  • Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport ATL
  • Beijing Capital International Airport PEK
  • Dubai International Airport DXB
  • Los Angeles International Airport LAX
  • Tokyo International (Haneda) Airport HND
  • O’Hare International Airport ORD
  • Heathrow Airport LHR
  • Hong Kong International Airport HKG
  • Pudong International Airport PVG
  • Aéroport de Paris-Charles de Gaulle CDG
  • Amsterdam Airport Schiphol AMS
  • Indira Gandhi International Airport DEL
  • Guangzhou Bai Yun International Airport CAN
  • Flughafen Frankfurt/Main FRA
  • Dallas/Ft Worth International Airport DFW
  • Incheon International Airport ICN
  • Atatürk International Airport IST
  • Soekarno-Hatta International Airport CGK
  • Singapore Changi Airport SIN
  • Denver International Airport DEN

Evaluation Criteria

Use clear, concise language to convey ideas, key points, and design solutions. Photographs, diagrams, renderings, animations, collages or other visualizations are encouraged to help explain the concept, respecting the guidelines previously described. Please label drawings.

  • The design approach is innovative and inspiring. Both the concept and design solution are presented through unique and compelling graphics and other media.
Response to site
  • The design honours the physical attributes of the site’s context and culture. The overall design strategy matches the global and local demographic requirements of the location. Again, use context to create identity.
Sustainability & Resilience
  • The design minimizes negative impacts on the wellbeing of humans and the natural environment. The overall design strategy also responds to vulnerabilities including natural and manmade disasters.
  • The planning and building organization is clear and appropriate. The design solution contains a defined and well-articulated structural, technical, and constructible rationale.


st place: US $15,000 + events

The top prize includes US$10,000 cash and the opportunity to accompany Curt Fentress to a prestigious architectural event where you will receive your award. Airfare, lodging, and entrance fee will be paid for by Fentress Architects, not to exceed US$5,000. Winners are responsible for obtaining necessary visas and paperwork. If entering as a group, the monetary prize and attendance at the architectural event will be distributed equally.

2nd place: US$3,000

3rd place: US$2,000

2 people’s choice awards: US$1,000

Important Dates

  • Competition Announcement: January 2020
  • Design Submission Deadline: July 31, 2020
  • Shortlist Announcement: September 4, 2020
  • Winners Announcement: October 2, 2020

Submission Requirements

Participants must register and upload competition materials to their profile page available here no later than July 1, 2020 (23:00 GMT).  Guidelines for the submission:

Mandatory Formatting:
  • Official language is English
  • Official system of measurements is the United States customary units
  • File must be saved as a PDF and named as follows: “2020_(team name)_(design concept name).pdf”
  • File must contain no more than eight (8) single-sided, 11-inch x 17-inch, landscape-oriented pages
  • Each of the up to eight (8) pages must be labelled with page number and team name
  • File size must not exceed 100MB
Mandatory Content:
  • Title of the design concept
  • Description of design concept (400-word maximum)
  • Description of the entrant (team or individual)
  • Supporting images to include diagrams, plans, sections, and/or perspectives
  • In a separate PDF, include photocopies of all student IDs (or other proof of school registration)
Optional Content: 
  • Video about the design (2 minutes max)
  • Plagiarism and cheating will result in disqualification. 


Click here to contact the organisers.

For more details, please visit the official website by clicking here.

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