Contact Henrik Rothe

Areas of expertise

  • Design, Strategy & Innovation


Henrik is an accomplished architect with considerable expertise in airport planning, terminal design and urbanism. Assignments by leading airports and industry consortia in 45 countries include Vienna Airport, Unique Zurich Airport, SEA Milano, Gazprom Bank, Bristol Airport and the development of the new Khartoum International Airport from Site selection to construction supervision.

Henrik engages in pioneering work that expands the possibilities of design innovation, pushing the functional and spatial integration of airports with its urban environment. For his work on the new GLA HQ in London Henrik was awarded The RIBA’s Presidents Medal.

Henrik’s professional work is inextricably related to research and teaching in the UK, Europe, Asia and Africa. Fascinated by the unexplored potential of airports as driver for development Henrik conceived the Urban Turbine Research Project and joined Cranfield University in 2014. 

Within the Digital Aviation Research Technology Centre [DARTeC] Henrik is leading the City Boarding Lab and supporting the Passenger Experience Lab, home to academia and industry collaboration, preparing airports and cities for future mobility challenges.  

Relevant project expertise include:

Khartoum New International Airport: Site selection, Master planning, Concept and Detail design, Tendering to contractors and Site supervision  

Pulkovo St Petersburg International Airport: Lead technical advisor for Vienna Airport and Gazprombank lead consortium for Airport Privatisation

Malpensa International Airport: Masterplan for a third runway, new midfield terminal and redevelopment of Terminal 1 

Formula 1 certified Lausitz Ring racetrack, Germany: Project development and Master planning, 

Leipzig-Halle International Airport, Masterplan and Passenger terminal concept 

Further Master planning, Design and Project management projects for 75 airports in 35 countries worldwide 

Henrik holds an MA in Architecture and Urban Planning at the Architectural Association, School of Architecture London, awarded with the Presidents medal of the RIBA, 2000 

Research opportunity

Henrik is interested in research opportunities transgressing the area of aviation and urban planning and design. This includes challenges to the Airport business model following COVID-19 disruption and wider issues of sustainable mobility including aviation.

Current activities


Henrik is part of the Cranfield team at IMHOTEP – the Integrated Multimodal Airport Operations for Efficient Passenger Flow Management Project aside Dr Edgar Jimenez and Richard Moxon.

The consortium led by Nommon in partnership with Cranfield University and supported by ISDEFE, Aimsun, the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, TU Dresden, AENA, EMT Palma and London City Airport has received a €2m H2020 SESAR Exploratory Research Grant by the European Commission investigating more efficient communication between air space management, airport operators and terrestrial transport.

Case studies for the participating London City and Palma de Mallorca Airport are to develop and assess shared airport decision-making strategies including airspace and landside for better customer experience and fostering benefits for better utilisation of the airport and urban infrastructure. 

Urban Turbine Research Project ( 

The Urban Turbine research project is investigating the possibilities of sharing facilities for the greatest mutual benefit of airports and cities, manage better demand and capacity and respond to new global travel, life and work requirements. The ultimate aim of the Urban Turbine research project is to enhance the quality of life by redefining the city-airport relationship, improving the value that airports deliver to all stakeholders in their communities.

The Project has received funding from HEIF and Research Cycle#2020 has started 13 March 2020 with the kick-off workshop at the first industry funder Salzburg Airport.

DARTeC City Boarding Lab

The City Boarding Lab is one of DARTeC’s research laboratories. It will become the home for the Urban Turbine Research Project and other research related to the physical and digital relationship between airports and cities including Urban Air Mobility.   

GREET – Global Smart Security Network 

Within DARTeC, GREET will support key industry stakeholders in the development, testing and implementation of new screening methods for detecting both metallic and non-metallic threat objects by enabling a simultaneous passenger walk-through and luggage scanning process. 



Aviation & Airports International Corp.

BAM Deutschland AG

Bristol Airport

Dar Al-Handasah

Dorsch Consult GmbH

European Commission Horizon 2020 SESAR 2019-2

Flughafen Salzburg GmbH

Jersey Airport

SE Lithuanian Airports

Singapore University of Social Science

Spiekermann GmbH 

Vienna Airport

WSP Group


Articles In Journals

  • Rothe H (2016) Local influence, Passenger Terminal World, March (Showcase 2016) 12-12.
  • Roebuck M & Rothe H (2009) Tricks of the trade, Low Cost & Regional Airline Business, July 58-61.
  • Rothe H & De Rhigetti I (2001) A different approach, Passenger Terminal World, March.

Conference Papers

  • Lukin A, Hunyadi I, Corradi M, Demunter P, Vanhee B, Dr Jensen Vorster B, Nayager K , Dimitrov L, Brown R, Gierhard D, Brown F, Camp A, Garner M Henderson L, Nick A & Rothe H (2018) Aerial ropeways as alternative form of transport for airport access. In: Airport Regions Conference: An Intermodal Approach Towards Airport Access.
  • Rothe H (2016) Airports turning intermodal. In: Global Airport & Passenger Forum, Warsaw.
  • Rothe H (2009) Giant sheds. In: Passenger Terminal Expo 2009, London, 24-26 March 2009.


  • Rothe H (2010) Civics, politics, urbanism and change. In: London +10, AA Publications, p. 187-193.
  • Rothe H & Scheeren O (2000) MexT Project. In: City levels, London: August Birkhäusen, p. 19-21.