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Graduate awarded third place for his 'Future of the Airport' design

A University for the Creative Arts (UCA) graduate has been awarded third place in the Fentress Global Challenge 2019 for his Airport of the Future design.

Chris graduated this year from Part 2 of his RIBA accredited Master in Architecture course from UCA Canterbury’s School of Architecture and currently works at Clague Architects. He was awarded third place in the Fentress Global Challenge 2019 with a brief to envision the Airport of the Future in the year 2075, and to improve the ‘passenger terminal’ experience.

Heathrow, London 2075 by Chris Johnson

Heathrow, London 2075 © Chris Johnson

Fentress Architects received over five-hundred entries from students in more than fifty countries around the world, “the three winning proposals reflect bold conceptual thinking, acute sensitivity to context, and skilled design.”

Chris’s design, which he submitted during his masters,  delved deep into not only the fundamentals of air terminal architecture, but also explored the wider future of aviation, including mobility and use patterns, urbanisation, globalisation, emerging technologies, security, and the very notion of the travelling ‘passenger’.

Chris explained, “I set out to explore new airport typology that takes account of emerging technological trends and smart city concept. In this design a ‘drive-through’ concept sits below the airport terminal, allowing ground-based plane traffic and waiting times to be reduced. I wanted to create a place of destination that co-existed above an airport within a co-working/living environment.

Heathrow, London 2075 by Chris Johnson

Heathrow, London 2075 © Chris Johnson

“Technological innovations suggest a reduction in physical passports, security and immigration, as these move to online environments. A ‘stateless’ international zone sits at the core of the concept to provide open access to visitors and guests, and creates a global destination that defines the notion of the UK’s position in the global community.”

Back to the present day, Chris says: "The Jewel at Singapore airport in Changi is a terminal that stands out for me. It has shifted its focus from retail to the passenger experience." 

As for the future, in five year's time, Chris still hopes to be working on airports, either a major airport venture or a large infrastructural project."

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Heathrow, London 2075 'Airport of the Future' by Chris Johnson

Heathrow, London 2075 © Chris Johnson