September 29, 2016

The UCF School of Visual Arts is hosting a lecture by architect Curtis Fentress on Monday, November 7 in the Bridge Auditorium at UCF’s Center for Emerging Media. The talk will begin at 6 pm and advance reservations are strongly encouraged.

Fentress, the principal in charge of design at Fentress Architects based in Denver, Colorado, will discuss his career and his work on the current International Airside addition to the Orlando International Airport. This new project, one of the largest construction projects in Central Florida history, will surpass even the I-4 Ultimate rebuild in cost.
A protégé of legendary architect I.M. Pei, Fentress is the 2010 recipient of American Institute of Architects Thomas Jefferson Award, the highest award for public architecture. Previous projects designed and completed by Fentress Architects include the Denver International Airport, the Incheon International Airport in Seoul, Korea, and the Arraya Tower in Kuwait City, Kuwait, the fourth tallest building in the world. A recognized leader in sustainable design, Fentress strives to expose “the real art of public architecture…getting people to see their own greatness in a building.”

“The Curtis Fentress design for the expansion of Orlando’s International Airport will impact the region and the nation for the next century,” says Allen Watters, Director of Design in UCF’s Architecture program. “Virtually every citizen of Central Florida will be a participant in the beautiful and functional architecture of the airport.”
Free to the public, this event is made possible through a generous donation by Hunton Brady Architects with HKS Architects. As space is limited, reservations are being accepted via email at [email protected] no later than Friday, October 28.

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