Public Architecture: The Art Inside spans the 30 year history of Denver, Colorado-based Fentress Architects, an international design firm that passionately pursues the creation of sustainable and iconic public architecture. This monograph examines the creative working process, tracing artistic influences and references fashion, poetry, music, dance and related disciplines. Fentress is internationally known for an innovative, award-winning design portfolio of international airports, national museums, world-class convention centers, courthouses and government buildings, high-rise office and mixed use towers, laboratories, higher education facilities, and luxury multi-family residences.
Curtis Fentress is an internationally known architect who passionately pursues the creation of sustainable and iconic public architecture. His studio focuses on inspired design for people, incorporating context and culture to create one-of-a-kind buildings for clients and users. This monograph spans the 30-year history of this innovative studio, both examining the creative working process and tracing artistic influences from fashion, music, dance, sculpture, fine jewelry and other disciplines.
Fentress’ portfolio of award-winning designs includes world-class airports, museums, convention centers, courthouses, civic buildings, laboratories, higher education facilities, and office towers. He was born in North Carolina and graduated with honors from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Architecture degree. After leaving a position with I.M. Pei, Fentress joined the newly formed firm of Kohn Pedersen Fox, where an office high-rise project brought him to Denver. In 1980, he founded his own firm there, and since then has designed memorable buildings around the world.