Robert Chicas on airport terminal design

HOK's Robert Chicas presents his work on airports during the League's aviation and climate change event.

June 13, 2018

Recorded on June 13, 2018.

For the first presentation of the League’s aviation and climate change event, HOK’s Robert Chicas presents his work on airports, including the new Terminal B at LaGuardia in New York City. He suggests that thoughtful terminal design can impact carbon emissions by reducing the amount of time aircraft need to taxi and, thus, the amount of pollution produced.

For a primer on the carbon impact of aviation (and shipping), watch a commissioned video by Professor Alice Larkin of the University of Manchester and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, which was presented as the introduction to this session.

Robert Chicas, AIA, LEED AP, is the director of HOK’s global aviation and transportation practice. He specializes in large-scale airport projects and is recognized throughout the industry for his ability to lead multidisciplinary teams through the delivery of complex projects.

He is a member of the Airports Council International–North America World Business Partners/Associates Board of Directors.

As part of the The Five Thousand Pound Life: Transportation, Connection and its Costs: Aviation and Climate Change was a discussion on rethinking transportation modes and their collective impact on greenhouse gas emissions, organized by The Architectural League in June 2018. The series focused on air and sea in the spring of 2018 and will continue with two events on land-based transit in the fall of 2018.

The Five Thousand Pound Life is the League’s ongoing initiative to rethink our collective future through design in the face of climate change.