Fentress Architects’ Denver Airport passenger terminal lands Twenty-five Year Award

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Colorado chapter selected the Denver International Airport (IATA: DEN) Passenger Terminal as the recipient of the 2020 Twenty-five Year Award.

The award is presented annually to a project that has “significantly influenced design and lifestyle in Colorado” and features a “timeless and enduring design that has created a sense of place” for at least 25 years.

“Few projects have been as iconic or as meaningful to a city as the Denver International Airport,” said the 2020 Honor Awards Jury on August 17. “This project is known nationally and internationally and has beautifully withstood the test of time. This project is a no-brainer for a Twenty-five Year Award. Its timeless design has become an architectural icon for the City of Denver.”

Curtis Fentress, principal in charge of design at Fentress Architects, commented: “Our vision for DEN’s Passenger Terminal was to create a memorable design – a gateway to Colorado and the West.

“Twenty-five years later, the design continues to transcend time and is known around the world. I would like to thank AIA Colorado Honor Awards Jury, the entire project team, and my former partner Jim Bradburn.

“At the time we designed the terminal, we took many risks.

“A lot of creative decisions we made had not been done before on such a massive scale. To all the young architects, don’t be afraid to push the limits to create great architecture.”