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  Vancouver Airport is one of my favorite projects—it represents a successful client relationship spanning more than 20 years.

Stanis Smith

Executive Vice President, Sector Leader, Airports

Vancouver, British Columbia

Stanis leads the airports sector at Stantec. A registered architect with over 30 years of experience, he’s dedicated most of his career to innovative airport terminal design.

Passionate about the power of design to shape airports, Stanis uses his deep understanding of airport design to create meaningful connections between passengers and the community served by the airport. He guides the client, stakeholders, and project team towards solutions that are elegant, accessible, sustainable, and economically viable.

Stanis has led the design team on many of Stantec’s airport terminal design projects including Iqaluit Airport, Vancouver International, Edmonton International, Niagara Falls International, Santiago (Chile), Toronto Pearson International, Winnipeg International, Lynden Pindling International (Nassau Bahamas), and many others.

A clarinetist, Stanis has produced an album of music by Rota and Brahms that you can sample or purchase on Amazon.

WHAT I'M UP TO

THE CONFERENCE TRAIL
I spoke about US Preclearance at Passenger Terminal EXPO 2016 in Cologne, Germany—the largest and highest profile airport conference in Europe, and one of the most highly regarded airport conferences in the world.

Come to the ACI-NA World Conference & Exhibition in Montreal later this year to hear my thoughts on creating a unique and distinctive “Sense of Place” in an airport.

WHERE I'M PUBLISHED
Environmental impacts are on people’s minds. My article “Sustainable Design of Airports” for SAB Magazine has an overview of what the aviation industry’s future looks like.

Seven trends that I believe will shape airport terminal design in the next 20 years.

WHAT I'M READING
Right now I’m reading “The Noise of Time” by Julian Barnes and “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr.

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<table border="1" cellspacing="0" cellpadding="0" width="100%"> <tbody><tr><td width="638" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><b>ON SCREEN: Stanis Smith lower third</b></p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="15" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"><p>People representing airports. People representing airlines. People representing firms like ours Designers, and consultants, and people representing supplies, and equipment to the airport industry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The largest international conference that's held worldwide.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="638" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><b>ON SCREEN: 5 Trends Impacting Airport Design</b></p> <p><b>identified at the Passenger Terminal Conference 2016, Cologne, Germany</b></p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="638" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><b>&nbsp;</b></p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="638" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><b>ON SCREEN: 1. Globalization</b></p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="15" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"><p>The airport industry is very much a global industry now. If you're traveling from a major Canadian airport to the US, you go through US custom and immigration here in Canada. This arrangement, called Pre Clearance, has only been available between Canada and the United States, and between some Caribbean countries and the United States. With globalization of the industry, the United States is now opening this program up to the rest of the world.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="638" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><b>ON SCREEN: 2. Privatization</b></p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="15" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"><p>Many countries around the world are looking for ways that they can enhance their airport infrastructure, but they don't necessarily have the money to be able to do it. There are other drivers, such as risk transfer, and schedule transfer, but governments are looking to the private enterprise to get involved in the airport industry.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the very first projects of this regard is LaGuardia, which is a project that we're involved in. It's a complete redevelopment of the central terminal at LaGuardia, and it's being done as private initiative for private public partnership, so called, P3.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="638" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><b>ON SCREEN: 3. Inter-modal Connections</b></p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="15" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"><p>What that means is airports looking at ways they can become hubs for connecting all sorts of different types of travel, transportation, so rather than just air-travel. Cologne airport, which was where the conference was, it was possible to get onto a train that took you straight to Frankfurt Airport, on a bullet train, that went three hundred kilometers an hour. Their connection between high-speed train and the airport was really seamless. I think that this is a theme that we're going to be seeing played out in airports worldwide.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="638" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><b>ON SCREEN: 4. Airport Cities</b></p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="15" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"><p>In Vancouver, I think the estimates are between thirty and forty thousand people are employed either directly or indirectly at the airport.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Airports around the world are looking at ways that they can find other uses, whether it's complementary retail services, whether it's hotels and hospitality services, whether it's office buildings, cargo facilities. All of these things, and really turn the airport into much more of a vibrant city than it has been in the past.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="638" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><b>ON SCREEN: 5. Diversification</b></p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="15" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"><p>Airports have two sources of revenue. They have the airlines, and then they have you and me, the passengers. They have realized that through developing other facilities in the airports, to improving the quality and quantity of their retail offerings, they're able to improve what are called non-aeronautical revenues, which are the revenues that they derive from the sources other than the airlines. This whole theme of enhancing non-aeronautical revenues was again a very significant theme of the conference.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="638" colspan="2" valign="top"><p><b>ON SCREEN: Learn more on airport design trends here</b></p> </td> </tr><tr><td width="15" valign="top"><p>&nbsp;</p> </td> <td valign="top"><p>Link to the Hub</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </td> </tr></tbody></table>

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