HDR Airport Terminal Expert Explains the Benefits of a Pragmatic Design Approach

Global Aviation Lead Robert Feteanu Shares How Airports Can Tackle Growth Challenges, Meet Passenger Expectations

Robert Feteanu
Robert Feteanu

HDR’s latest installment of its Experts Talk interview series features Robert Feteanu discussing how pragmatic design of airport terminals serves the global aviation industry.

Feteanu is an accomplished technical lead and project manager for space programming and airport simulation, with experience at some of the world’s biggest airports, including Changi Terminal 5 in Singapore, Hamad International in Doha, Taipei Terminal 3 in Taiwan, and the New Midfield Terminal in Abu Dhabi. He uses the integrating approach of pragmatic design to address airports’ growth challenges and changing passenger expectations.

“Pragmatic design, at its core, means we recognize that each facility is unique, and we design improvements that reflect those differing requirements, stakeholders and opportunities,” he said. “In other words, it means designing for the airport and passengers we have today and expect in the future, not just designing to mimic other airports.”

Feteanu shares examples of how capacity demand analysis and passenger flow simulation models can support what-if discussions to evaluate proposed capacity investments. He advocates for a realistic approach to project planning that takes into account schedule and funding constraints. And he explains why successful designs look beyond public areas to incorporate support areas as well.

Read the whole Pragmatic Design of Airport Terminals interview.

HDR’s Experts Talk interview series shines a light on various aspects of transportation infrastructure design and delivery. Each subject matter expert offers unique expertise and insights about new and ongoing trends, emerging technologies and the human side of infrastructure.

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