Fentress Global Challenge for Students 2018/2019 ($15,000 prize)

Fentress Global Challenge for Students 2018/2019 ($15,000 prize)

Deadline: May 31, 2019

Applications are open for the Fentress Global Challenge for Students 2018/2019. The Fentress Global Challenge is an annual international competition created to engage students worldwide in the exploration of future design possibilities in public architecture.

The theme for the 2018/2019 competition is Airport of the Future: Re-envisioning airport mobility in the year 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)


  • 1st Place: US$10,000 Cash + Event: 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.
  • 2nd Place: US$3,000
  • 3rd Place: US$2,000
  • 2 People’s Choice Awards: US$1,000


  • Open to graduate and undergraduate students who are 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;
  • Individuals and teams of up to three are accepted;
  • 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.

Submission Requirements

The design concept shall be submitted in PDF format and include:

  • Up to 8 pages in 11 inch x 17 inch format, landscape orientation
  • Each of the 8 pages must have a page number and the team name
  • File must be named as follows: 2018/2019_team name_design concept title.pdf
  • The submission must have a design concept title, a 400-word description, and a brief description of the team or individual submitting
  • Supporting diagrams, plans, sections and perspectives are encouraged
  • The digital file may be no larger than 100mb
  • In a separate PDF, please include student IDs of the group members

Plagiarism and/or cheating will result in disqualification.


Click here to apply

For more information, visit FGC.