2017 Fentress Global Challenge Winners

Denver, CO (November 2017) – Fentress Architects is proud to announce the winners of the 2017 Fentress Global Challenge, an international design competition for young and student architects. The competition challenged students to envision an airport in the year 2075. This is the sixth year Fentress Architects has sponsored and administered the award, which awards $15,000 and a summer internship at Fentress’ Denver studio as First Prize; four additional winners receive smaller cash awards.

This year’s jury featured aviation experts and industry professionals including Aileen Cho, Senior Editor at Engineering News-Record (ENR); Chester Chipperfield, freelance Creative Director at Boom Supersonic and former Creative Director of Tesla; Curt Fentress, Fentress Architects; David Brody, Founder and Chairman of XTI Aircraft Company; Khaled Naja, Executive Vice President for the Infrastructure & Development Division of Dallas Fort Worth International Airport; Kim Day, CEO of Denver International Airport; Michael McCoy, first recipient of the Smithsonian’s Design Minds National Design Award; and Tom Allett, editor of Airports International Magazine.

The competition generated worldwide interest with over 500 student registrations from more than 50 countries. Each student developed a detailed and concise strategy to ensure that the future airport experience is as efficient as it is socially conscious and ecologically sound.

Curtis Fentress principal in charge of design at Fentress Architects said “we were very impressed with the quality of design submissions in this year’s Fentress Global Challenge”.

The winners include the following:  

1st Place

Name: Thomas Smith

Citizenship: United Kingdom

School: University College London

2nd Place and Winner of People’s Choice Award

Name: John Cyril Isaac

Citizenship: Philippines

School: University of Santo Tomas

  • Dušan Sekulic

3rd Place

Name: Jia Hua Yapp

Citizenship: Malaysian

School: Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University

People’s Choice Winner

Name: Claudio Nieto Rojas

Citizenship: Mexico

School: Architectural Association College in London

Thank you for your participation in this years Fentress Global Challenge and we hope to see you again next year!