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As Founder of Julian Designs and Marketing Director at Fentress Architects, Julian Fentress has collaborated with a variety of designers on a broad spectrum of projects. He is driven by a desire to produce lasting, positive contributions to the global community.  Together with Michael McCoy, Julian has designed several products including ‘Place®’ for Arconas. This next-generation airport seating system delivers comfort and practicality to the modern traveler in airports including Denver International.

At Fentress Architects, Julian has been instrumental on the front-end pursuit of multimillion-dollar architectural commissions. Recent successful marketing endeavors include the Orlando International Airport, Houston International Airport, and the new Tom Bradley International Terminal at Los Angeles International Airport.  Julian also leads Fentress Global Challenge, a student competition that recognizes excellence in future-oriented architecture and design.



Michael McCoy is the first recipient of the Smithsonian’s Design Minds National Design Award with Katherine McCoy for, in the words of the museum “affecting a paradigm shift in the design profession”. His influential designs include the Horizon Light for Humanscale (with Peter Stathis), the million-selling “Bulldog Chair” for Knoll, the Place Airport Seating for Arconas (with Curt Fentress) and the Corner Office for Pablo Designs (with Peter Stathis).

His awards include Germany’s Red Dot Award, the IDSA Gold Award, The Spark Award, London’s FX Award, the ID Magazine Best of Category, the Chrysler Award and The Interiors Magazine Best Office Design. His designs are in the permanent collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian’s Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum, the Denver Art Museum and the Kirkland Museum, among others. 

He is formerly the Director of the 3D Design Department at Cranbrook Academy of Art, Distinguished Visiting Professor at London’s Royal College of Art and Senior Lecturer at IIT’s Institute of Design,Chicago. He holds an Honorary Doctorate from Kansas City Art Institute.​

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