1 July 2020   (Deadline For Register and Profile Page)

31 July 2020 (Design Submission Deadline)


Online (The Competition)

United States of America  (The Prize)



Airport of the future : Re-envisioning airport mobility in the year 2100

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.

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

  • 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.
  • Use Context to Create Identity.
  • Improve upon at least one primary factor influencing airport terminal building design in 2100.
  • 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.
  • Site the new terminal at one of the 20 busiest airports (by passenger volume) in the world.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Design
  • Architecture
  • Engineering

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Shortlist Announcement: September 4, 2020

Winners Announcement: October 2, 2020

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • 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.
  • 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.
    • Approach: 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 honors 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
    • Sustainibility & Resiliency:  The design minimizes negative impacts to the wellbeing of humans and the natural environment. The overall design strategy also responds to vulnerabilities including natural and manmade disasters.
    • Functionality: The planning and building organization is clear and appropriate. The design solution contains a defined and well- articulated structural, technical, and constructible rationale.

Opportunity Cost


  • 1st Place: US$15,000
    • The top prize includes US$10,000 cash and the opportunity to accompany FGC Founder, Curtis Fentress, to a prestigious architectural event. 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
  • People’s Choice Awards (2): US$1,000

How to Apply

First Step: Participants must register and upload competition materials to their profile page here no later than July 1, 2020 (23:00 GMT).

Second Step: Check Mandatory Formatting:

• Official language is English.

• Official system of measurements is 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 .

Third Step: Check Mandatory Content:

• Title of design concept .

• Description of design concept (400-word maximum) .

• Description of 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) .

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This Scholarship Published by:
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Reviewed by” Hager Darwish/ Egypt
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