Collaborators

A pool funded industry consortium has been formed including academics, consultants and leading innovative industry partners to establish solutions for a single airport within the Cranfield laboratories and partner studios.

Who we are

We are a unique incubated group, setup as a partnership between Cranfield University, internal + external consultants and industry. Our research draws on Cranfield University’s cross-fertilizing aerospace capabilities and is a cross-disciplinary approach including academics, professionals across the spectrum in architecture, aerospace, civil engineering, CAD, artists and writers reconceptualizing cities and their transport infrastructuresas contemporary places to meet, travel, work and live. We work internally within Cranfield University’s DARTeC – Digital Aviation Research Technology Centre and utilise DARTeC facilities, combined with Cranfield’s other extensive resources; aerospace and automotive including the Multi-User Environment for Autonomous Vehicle Innovation (MUEAVI).
Urban Turbine engages in self-initiated, design based research topics and those identified by airports and cityplanners. As an academic partner to the industry we help airports in the development of their vision and breaking this down into manageable stages.

Where we work

In the Centre for Air Transport Management and in the DARTeC laboratories at Cranfield University we closely work with Aerospace experts on future airport strategies capable to handle IATA’s anticipated doubling of current passenger volumes to 7.2bn in 2035 and integrating airports into the urban fabric and transport networks. This is also the opportunity to discuss and produce concepts of the integration of autonomous cars and eVTOL, shaping the next generation of aviation-urban connectivity. Our team is contributing to industry events including Passenger Terminal EXPO, IATA Global Airport Passenger Summit, ACI, Global AirRail Alliance and Airport Regions Conference.

executives

Henrik Rothe

Henrik Rothe

is an accomplished architect with considerable expertise having worked in 35 countries in airport planning, terminal design and urbanism, amongst others for Vienna Airport, Gazprom Bank, Zurich Airport and SEA Milano. In 2014 Henrik has conceived the Urban turbine research project, pioneering work that expands the possibilities of design innovation.His MexT project in collaboration with Ole Scheeren for a new London City Hall was awarded The Presidents Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects

Paul Beck

Paul Beck

founder of planeground, a professional cooperative of specialist aviation planners and consultants. Gaining from 10 years working at NACO in strategic airport consulting, master planning, infrastructure and terminal development at many renowned airports around the world, Paul now focuses on future global trends and accompanying changes to air transportation and airports in particular. His project engagements increasingly revolve around new airport design and shifting functional, operational and commercial requirements.
www.planeground.de

Theo Reitsema

Theo Reitsema

graduated with honours from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Technology in Eindhoven in 2005. His research project focused on the influences and impact of Low Cost Carriers on Airport Terminals. His study was rewarded the second prize of the Archiprix 2005. Theo was selected as one of Europe’s most important emerging young architects under 40. His research about the airport terminal of the future results in better wayfinding, transparent terminal design, new income models and new phasing model.
www.reitsema.com

Max Schintlmeister

Max Schintlmeister

integrates commercial, financial, operational and planning requirements into comprehensive business models, supporting airport managers identifying and exploiting potentials in the airport decision-making process.
Max 20+ years’ experience includes airport employment (Vienna), managing airport director (Klagenfurt) and freelance consultant (ORAT, development and privatisation). Max lectures at the Munich Airport Academy, Cranfield and the University of Westminster.
www.airport-excellence.com

Ulf Klose

Ulf Klose

has found his passion in combining the areas of constructing and operating buildings, computer science and aviation and consistently follows the path of digital automation. As a digital en­trepreneur, he and his team are devoted entirely to the digitalisation of the construction and building management process by revolutionising the way future building operating systems can be programmed and implemented worldwide.
www.leitron.de and opsconnect.de

Thomas Melcher

Thomas Melcher

is an enthusiastic entrepreneur in urban mobility, linking yet undiscovered potential of airports to tourism and commuting, seamless travelling, intermodality and accessibility. Thomas is curious to assess innovations and their impact on aviation as part of the travel industries, taking a front rows in digitalization when handling infrastructure, airports and stations. In 10+ years Thomas gained experience in urban- and airport developments in Europe, EMEA and Asia as planner and developer and currently works for destination marketing in Austria increasing touristic income by improved accessibility.

Sohail Chughtai

Sohail Chughtai

is a Chartered Aerospace Engineer with 30 years’ experience in aircraft design, flight test and structural analysis. A member of the Royal Aeronautical Society since 1986 and Vice Chair on its Air Transport Specialist Group Committee, he excels in multi-disciplinary conversations and collaborations with industry, academia and government on the future of air transport. Connected to executive policy-making networks, in 2018 he is founding director of Metadynamics, passionately advocating the convergence & integration of ground & air transport for future 4D cities; in x,y,z and time.
linkedin.com

Mirjam Wiedemann

Mirjam Wiedemann

is one of the few experts worldwide in the emerging field of airport cities and aerotropolises and the owner, founder and managing director of WiedemannConsultants; a consultancy that specialises in strategy and master planning for airport cities, aerotropolises and economic development. Her PhD in airport city and aerotropolis master planning and ample training experience enables her to be a regular expert speaker at international aviation conferences. Mirjam is working and advising on different airport city and aerotropolis master plans worldwide and is advisory board member to EU projects in aviation.
www.wiedemannconsultants.com

Edgar-Jimenez

Edgar Jimenez

is lecturer in Air Transport Management at Cranfield and PhD holder in Transport Systems from the MIT Portugal Programme, University of Porto. He has been researching in air transport, urban mobility and higher education at the University of Ibague, Colombia, the INESC-TEC in Porto and the MIT in Cambridge, USA. His main areas of research and consulting cover policy design, airport strategic planning, the impact of low-cost carriers on airports and the interaction between airports and the regions they serve.

Javeed Khan

Javeed Khan

is a passionate architect and creative thinker. His research in ‘Low-Cost Airports’ includes pre-fabrication of cost effective terminal modules as part of the plan by The Indian Government to develop 200 ‘Low Cost Airports’ across the country and the impact of airports on urban development. Javeed’s work received critical appreciation from the Airports Authority of India.
Currently Javeed is working for Pascall+Watson on the new Navi-Mumbai Airport in collaboration with Zaha Hadid Architects.

Jen Samuelson

Jen Samuelson

Jen Samuelson and Alice Drew are planners at leading planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore with experience in a range of cross-sector projects, including regional airports across the UK and major transport corridors including the A34.
Jen and Alice recently presented the paper ‘Southampton: An Airport City of the Future’, as part of the European Council of Spatial Planners ‘Young Planners Workshop’ in May 2018. The case study explored whether the Airport City model can apply to regional airports and potential advantages for the cultural and economic prosperity of an area.

Alice Drew

Alice Drew

Jen Samuelson and Alice Drew are planners at leading planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore with experience in a range of cross-sector projects, including regional airports across the UK and major transport corridors including the A34.
Jen and Alice recently presented the paper ‘Southampton: An Airport City of the Future’, as part of the European Council of Spatial Planners ‘Young Planners Workshop’ in May 2018. The case study explored whether the Airport City model can apply to regional airports and potential advantages for the cultural and economic prosperity of an area.

Manjit Dhillon

has over 15 years ‘hands on’ experience of commercial master planning of airports. He brings a practical knowledge of the importance attached to non-aviation related airport facilities, passenger experience, design of airport touch points. His key skills focus on developing design solutions that enhance passenger experience – but also develop ways to maximise an airport’s commercial capabilities. He has worked on over 40 airport terminals worldwide.

academic collaborators

Romano Pagliari
Richard Moxon

industry advisors

Alex Kirkwood
Alicia Lawrence
Adrian Stratta
David Green
Jelena Jovik
Milda Manomaityte
Paul Mewett
Randel Darby

sponsoring partners

Bristol Airport, Vantaa Airport City, Bangalore International Airport, Hefce, London City Airport, Engie, Copenhagen Optimisation, ARC Airport Research
The Urban Turbine research project is looking for new airports who are interested in discovering and implementing specific, thoughtful and unexpected solutions.