Airport Expert Andrew Thomas to Speak Oct. 18

Will deliver Kivett/Seligson Lecture on “Climate, Culture and Place: The Airport Reconsidered”

Renowned international architect Andrew Thomas, an aviation/airport expert with the London-based firm Grimshaw Global Architects, will discuss the future of airport design and functionality in the latest Kivett/Seligson Lecture sponsored by the Department of Architecture, Urban Planning + Design at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

The title of Thomas’ presentation will be “Climate, Culture and Place: The Airport Reconsidered.” The event is free and open to the public, and takes place at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday Oct. 18 in the UMKC Student Union theater, 5100 Cherry St. Thomas will fly into KCI Tuesday Oct. 17, and will have fresh perspective to share on what many consider to be the region’s single most important current issue. His focus will be on what a new 21st century airport can be and should be.

Thomas has been with Grimshaw since 2001 and led the firm’s teams that worked on airports for Istanbul, Turkey; Frankfurt, Germany; and St. Petersburg and Moscow in Russia. The Istanbul project, now under construction, will include the largest single airport terminal building in the world, with a design inspired by the history and culture of the city.

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