Fentress Global Challenge (FGC) – Airport of the Future


FGC participants are challenged to envision the airport terminal building for the year 2100.

Register: JUL/01/2020, Submit: JUL/31/2020, Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students of architecture and engineering, recent graduates architects and engineers (the last four years); individually, teams up to 3 members, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Place: 10,000 USD + airfare, lodging, and entrance fee for an architectural event (value up to 5,000 USD), 2nd Place: 3,000 USD, 3rd Place: 2,000 USD, People’s Choice Award (2 entries): 1,000 USD each

Despite a multitude of technological advances including video conferencing and drones, the proliferation of airports worldwide continues to be spurred on by global commerce and an unrelenting demand for travel. While the airport terminal-conceived a century ago-is a relatively new architectural typology, it has since its inception held equal importance with quintessential civic buildings: city halls, courthouses, libraries, museums, and theaters. Yet, airports are uniquely complex and they are more than just high volume transportation hubs. Increasingly, airports are also workplaces, centers of commerce, recreational outlets, and cultural resources.

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Fentress Global Challenge (FGC) is an annual international student design competition. Since its inception in 2011, thousands of entries from over 75 countries have competed for top honors. FGC represents an extraordinary exploration into the future of architecture, and in so doing, continues to advance the pursuit of innovative design in public architecture.


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

I) Create a new airport terminal concept. Entrants are encouraged to utilize forecasts for population, environmental conditions, modes of travel, and potential destinations in the creation of their concept.

II) Employ Fentress’ Touchstone 2: Use Context to Create Identity. “Context is more than an intellectual consideration of the history or physical appearance of a neighborhood, city, or state, and it’s more than the way new will live with old. Context draws on the senses, the sights, smells and memories that define a place and make it unique. Context grows from community, and people respond to it.”

III) Improve upon at least one primary factor influencing airport terminal building design in 2100. Entrants are encouraged to make projections about the factors that will most influence airport architecture in the future. Examples of factors include mobility, urbanization, globalization, technology, flexibility, security, project feasibility, and passenger experience.

IV) Achieve sustainability and resiliency. Sustainable design is the creation of places that are environmentally responsible, healthy, equitable, and profitable. Resilient designs are capable of adapting to changing conditions and maintain or regain functionality in the face of natural and manmade disasters.

V) 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)

website fentressglobalchallenge.com