Western Sydney Airport has launched a two-stage competitive process to shortlist the architect who will design the new terminal building.

Expressions of interest have been solicited from companies with experience designing a comparable airport during the past five years.

Shortlisted firms will be required to reveal their design strategy, including how they will involve university students with a link to Western Sydney.

The move will enable selected airport designers to partner with university students to prepare a terminal design, similar to Jewel terminal at Changi Airport in Singapore.

Western Sydney Airport CEO Graham Millett said: “We’re going to ensure that Western Sydney will be proud of the airport’s terminal, but we want a design that prioritises pleasing our future passengers.

“We’ll not only offer the smoothest possible journey from the terminal entrance to the aircraft gate, but we want the terminal to be a destination in itself.”

“If you look at airports around the world, Singapore’s Changi Airport is regularly voted the world’s best. The design of its famous Terminal 4 was focussed more on offering passengers a world-class experience than the external look.”

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Millett further stated that like Changi, Western Sydney Airport’s terminal will be designed from the inside out.

“We’ll not only offer the smoothest possible journey from the terminal entrance to the aircraft gate, but we want the terminal to be a destination in itself,” Millett concluded.

The Australian Federal Government has committed to invest up to A$5.3bn ($3.76bn) for the construction of the Western Sydney Airport.

With the completion of the first stage in 2026, the airport will have a combined international and domestic terminal and be able to handle up to ten million passengers annually.

The terminal will be further developed in stages so that it can manage more than 80 million annual passengers by 2060s.

The final terminal design is expected to be unveiled by the end of 2019.