Design Solutions that transcend boundaries
Some architects have a preconceived notion of what a building should be — they design from the outside like the building is a piece of sculpture. I prefer to patiently search through extensive discovery until I find a seam somewhere, crack it open and discover the art inside.”
– Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA
Fentress Architects is an international design firm with studios in Denver, Colorado; Los Angeles, California; San Francisco, California; Washington, D.C.; London, U.K.; and Shanghai, China. Founded by Curtis Fentress in 1980, the firm passionately pursues the creation of iconic public architecture. Known for his “patient search,” Curtis Fentress, FAIA, RIBA, has designed $38 billion of architectural landmarks worldwide, visited by more than 450 million people each year.
Fentress Architects ranks among the Top 10 Green Design Firms in the U.S. and has been pioneering sustainable design since the early 1990s — creating the world’s largest daylit structure and the largest LEED Gold building (which later achieved LEED EB Platinum) in its era. The majority of the firm’s licensed architects are LEED Accredited Professionals. As a testament to the firm’s solution-driven and creative design approach, projects designed by Fentress have been honored with over 500 awards for innovation and excellence.
Fentress is internationally known for innovative, award-winning design of airports, museums, convention centers, laboratories, higher education, civic and government buildings. Additionally, the firm designs office, mixed-use, religious and residential buildings. Curtis Fentress is internationally recognized for the design of Denver International Airport, voted “Best Airport in North America” by Business Traveler Magazine readers six consecutive years (2005 – 2010).
The Denver International Airport is also the 4th “Favorite American Architecture” landmark built in the last 15 years (public poll by the American Institute of Architects). Fentress is also known for Incheon International Airport, Seoul, South Korea, voted “Best Airport Worldwide” by Airports Council International, 2005-09, and the National Museum of the Marine Corps, honored with over 20 awards for design excellence and innovation in the first 20 months after opening.