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    Fentress Global Challenge

    The pursuit of innovative design in public architecture

    I was very impressed by the wide range of proposals sparked by the competition brief, from highly pragmatic to wildly conceptual.
     – Donald Albrecht, Curator, Museum of the City of New York

    Fentress Global Challenge

    Fentress Global Challenge is an international student design competition that was launched by Curtis Fentress in 2011. Over 1,000 entries from 77 countries competed in the inaugural competition, which resulted in three winners. In addition to an increased number of entrants each year, there has also been a steady rise in the quality of submittals. This competition represents an extraordinary exploration into the future of architecture and in so doing, has helped advance the pursuit of innovative design in public architecture.  

    While it hasn’t always been the case, airports—terminal buildings, in particular—have become the area of study for this competition. Participants are tasked with choosing an existing airport and envisioning how its terminals will look and function in a distant future year. Submissions must consider local context, technological trends, project feasibility, and passenger experience.  

    Announcement of the competition generally occurs in the summer, with submissions the following summer. 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. Up to four additional winners also receive cash awards.  

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    The Fentress Global Challenge is an incredible way for our firm to engage with students from across the globe. It’s been thrilling to see and evaluate the ideas of the next generation of designers.
     – Curtis Fentress, Founder, Fentress Global Challenge

    • Fentress is internationally recognized for his design portfolio. His buildings grace the skylines of cities around the world, and are visited by over 550 million people each year. Known for his “Patient Search,” Fentress employs a meticulous process of design.