February 3, 2016

Technology supports the traveler through information exchange — but can also disconnect him or her from experiencing personal connectivity and experiential spaces. As designers, our approach is to meet the needs of the modern traveler through blending technology and authentic experience. 

J. Lee Glenn, director of aviation design at HKS, Inc., and Richard Spencer, aviation design director with Woods Bagot, will speak on this topic on March 17 at Passenger Terminal Expo 2016, held in Cologne, Germany.

The presentation showcases San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) Terminal 1 redevelopment program and how Boarding Area B is reconciling the dichotomy of high tech and high touch. The 850,000-square-foot terminal — currently under design — will include the latest informational and wayfinding technology while incorporating elements that reconnect the traveler with expressions of the culture and attributes of the Bay Area. By considering both high tech and high touch, the terminal exhibits a unique sensitivity to modern travel needs.

 Key presentation takeaways:

  • An overview of the design of SFO's Terminal 1 redevelopment program
  • An approach to meeting the needs of the modern traveler through blending technology and authentic experience
  • A response to the needs of the millennial generation traveler in the design of a modern aviation terminal
  • The significance of enriching the airline terminal experience with a connection to regional culture and attributes

J. Lee Glenn has led design teams for more than $3 billion in aviation terminal projects, including international, national and regional terminal buildings. His clients have included many of the world's busiest airports such as Dallas/Fort Worth, San Francisco, Salt Lake City and Atlanta. With more than 32 years of experience, elegant design solutions that represent the unique character of their host airport and region are his main focus. Design conceptualization, design direction and design management are his primary skills, while maintaining a highly integrated value system reflective of the complex aesthetic, experiential and technical nature of the aviation terminal prototype. Throughout the life of the project, he ensures that a clear conceptual vision guides the work by providing direction and clarity in all phases of design and execution. 

Richard Spencer is a chartered architect with 37 years of experience in architectural practices around the world, 25 of them as a principal. For the past 18 years, he has led design teams on a global spread of aviation and transportation projects. He has developed his expertise in the airport field through his involvement in many landmark projects, such as Terminal 5 at London Heathrow and the new Terminal 3 at Delhi International Airport. Richard has spoken extensively at airport conferences, published articles, and been interviewed on TV discussing airport design and development. As design director of aviation for Woods Bagot, Richard spent four years in Australia leading the planning and design of the major expansion of Perth Airport’s international terminal. He is now based in San Francisco leading the planning of Boarding Area B at SFO for the HKS/Woods Bagot/ED2/KYA joint venture. 

The Passenger Terminal Conference has firmly established itself as the most highly regarded airport conference in the world. It's an exceptional opportunity to see industry leaders share their innovations, knowledge and insight through a comprehensive and diverse range of conferences and panel discussions. Attracting 1,350+ senior airport, airline, aviation authority, government and related business executives from all over the world, it is the place where attendees gather to pool information, address concerns, discuss solutions and exchange ideas for the future development of the world’s airports.

HKS, Inc. is a leading architectural design firm ranked among the top six architectural engineering firms, according to Building Design+Construction magazine. Since its founding in 1939, HKS has completed construction projects totaling more than $83 billion in more than 1,742 cities located in 88 countries. The firm operates from 26 offices worldwide. For more information, contact Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

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