October 20, 2015

Dean Michael Speaks named as juror for design of Taiwan T3 airport terminal

In response to the rapid growth in passenger volume of Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, and economic activities in East Asia, the Taiwanese government is actively seeking to have its airport become a large-scale hub through the construction of its new T3 terminal, targeted for completion in 2020.

The project is being conducted as an international competition, hosted by Taoyuan International Airport Corporation Ltd. Outstanding design proposals and professional services teams from all over the world were solicited to develop the project. Michael A. Speaks, dean at Syracuse University School of Architecture, is among a distinguished group of eleven jurors who will select the winner.

The jury panel is international in scope. Jurors represent significant leadership in their fields and offer a wide range of viewpoints and professional experience from areas that include architecture, airport management, master planning, visual arts, engineering, technology, and construction. Jurors will re-convene in Taipei from October 28-30 to make a final determination among three teams of finalists: Foster+ Partners Limited, United Kingdom; RSHP (Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners), United Kingdom; and Van Berkel and Bos UN Studio Limited, The Netherlands. The winner will be announced Friday, October 30.

Taoyuan International Airport, formerly known as Chiang Kai-shek International, is located 25 miles west of the Taiwanese capital, Taipei. In 2014 it was the 11th busiest passenger airport in the world.  The T3 project aims to serve 4.5 million travelers annually and help cater to the 8.6 million passengers expected to utilize the airport by 2042. It is the largest and, at $2 billion, the most heavily funded construction venture in Taiwan.  Multi-function buildings will link Terminal 3 and existing Terminal 2 to form a Mega-Terminal. The over-arching design concepts for the project are “Smart, Green, and Culture.” With high-efficiency operating systems to provide high-quality passenger services and transportation function, the project will be developed as a sustainable and intelligent airport, with comprehensive facilities encompassing functions in tourism, shopping, culture and arts to create new traveling experiences.

To learn more about the design competition, visit