Register: MAY/31/2019, Submit: MAY/31/2019, Eligibility: Graduate and undergraduate students who are actively enrolled and pursuing architecture or engineering degrees, as well as recent graduates (within the last four years) with a degree in architecture or engineering; individually, teams up to 3 members, Fee: Free, Awards: 1st Place 10,000 USD + event (airfare, lodging, and entrance up to 5,000 USD), 2nd Place 3,000 USD, 3rd Place 2,000 USD, 2 People’s Choice Award 1,000 USD each

Global commerce and the unprecedented demand for travel and have resulted in the proliferation of airports around the world. In their short history, terminal buildings have been criticized for employing generic architectural forms that are unapologetically disconnected from their context and cultural identity. Technical complexity and functional design have often taken precedence over quality and comfort for users.

In less than a century, the airport has emerged as a new architectural typology that is as important as other large-scale public buildings such as museums, libraries, temples, and courthouses. Airports are among the most complex and highly frequented transportation hubs, but they are also increasingly important places for work, commerce, recreation, and culture. The rapid evolution of airports necessitates the incorporation of the latest developments in technology, design, and social trends around the globe.


Participants of the (FGC) are encouraged to re-envision the terminal building in the year 2075. Concepts will integrate 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 and memories that define a place and make it unique. Context grows from community, and people respond to it.

Based in logic, beauty and humanism, our Eight Touchstones of Design™ form the foundation for our approach to public architecture and guide our “patient search” to discover the art inside.

In line with the speculative nature of the competition, participants should seek to improve every dimension of the airport terminal building. All entries should delve into one or more broad topic related to airport architecture and the future of aviation such as mobility, urbanization, globalization, technology, flexibility, security, project feasibility, and passenger experience in 2075.

Designs must center on one of these airports, or one of comparable size:

  • Atlanta GA, US (ATL)
  • Beijing, CN (PEK)
  • London, GB (LHR)
  • Chicago IL, US (ORD)
  • Tokyo, JP (HND)
  • Los Angeles CA, US (LAX)
  • Paris, FR (CDG)
  • Dallas/Fort Worth TX, US (DFW)
  • Frankfurt, DE (FRA)
  • Hong Kong, HK (HKG)

The submission must take into account existing runways and land restrictions of the chosen airport. Participants should create a new airport concept that replaces current terminal structures.