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Nigerian student, other win $16,000 cash prize in Fentress Global Challenge

By Femi Ibirogba
08 December 2021   |   2:45 am
A Nigerian, Oluwarotimi Osiberu, and one other student, Carmina Ferreras, have emerged first-place joint winners in the 2021 edition of Fentress Global Challenge (FGC) 2021

A Nigerian, Oluwarotimi Osiberu, and one other student, Carmina Ferreras, have emerged first-place joint winners in the 2021 edition of Fentress Global Challenge (FGC) 2021, tagged, ‘Airport of the Future.’ They jointly won $16,000.

The challenge, organised by Fentress Architects, garnered over 80 entries from students around the globe.

This year’s competition challenged students to envision airport mobility in the year 2100. The winning entries reflect the radical innovation, quality and curiosity required to advance airport terminal design.

Ferreras and Osiberu are third-year Master of Architecture students at North Carolina State University. 

Ferreras is a former high school Mathematics teacher interested in connecting communities through advancements in technology and sustainability, while Osiberu went to the United States in 2009 from Nigeria, Africa and is interested in spaces that foster healthy communities.

Their joint entry imagines a new airport in Yokohama, Japan, to help alleviate congestion at Tokyo International Airport. 

The new hub is designed to serve hypersonic, subsonic and VTOL flights that will access the furthest corners of the earth. 

As a multimodal modal facility, it also incorporates rail systems and boats to fully link land, sea, and air. Concourses feature vast, traditional gardens and views of marine wildlife. Walkthrough security and facial recognition scan passengers to create a seamless airport experience.

An internal tram system helps move passengers and also offers views of gardens and nearby Mt. Fuji.

‘Rotimi Osiberu went to Bishop Akinyele Grammar School (Oke Are, Ibadan) for his secondary education and obtained a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering degrees in Civil and Environmental Engineering with an emphasis in Structures at Old Dominion University (Norfolk, Virginia), USA.

He is currently in the final stage of another Masters of Architecture degree in North Carolina State University, Raleigh North Carolina.

His parents are Engr. Remi Osiberu and Mrs. Agbeke Osiberu a retired matron at University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan.