Chipperfield was shortlisted in the Dallas Museum of Art competition

The London-based firm has teamed up with local firm HarrisonKornberg Architects and landscape architect James Corner Field Operations. It competes with teams led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Johnston Marclay, Michael Maltzan Architecture, Nieto Sobegano Architectos of Madrid and Vice/Manfredi.

The Reimagining Dallas Museum of Art competition, which received a total of 154 applications, will select a team to renovate the campus so it can “better serve the diverse city of Dallas” and accommodate a growing collection of art.

The $150 to $175 million project will expand the museum’s exhibition space and realign the interior spaces, circulations, and entrances, while upgrading the existing Indiana limestone-clad complex.

The two-stage competition is organized by Malcolm Reading Consulting. Its chair, Malcolm Reading, said: “The DMA project has inspired interest from around the world, making the competition, both in terms of uptake and quality, phenomenal.

“The challenges facing the building and museum are emblematic of our times. The complex program, matched by the diversity of the shortlist and talent, gives the museum a rare opportunity: to renovate one of Dallas’ most cherished institutions and to give the broader museum community a case study in reuse.”

‘We are delighted to announce our shortlist: an exhilarating mix of talent and design approach,’ said Eugene McDermott, Museum Director, Agustín Arteaga.

The selected teams feature brilliant people but also smaller, lesser-known, but talented studios. Each in itself is a wonderful collaboration, multi-faceted with diverse aspects and skills. It is worth noting that a large percentage are led by women.

Teams now have nine weeks to work their magic. In July, we’ll have six potential insights into how DMA could turn out. We will show it to our communities, our supporters, and the wider public, and welcome their feedback.

Founded in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art is one of the most influential cultural institutions in the city of Texas, housing 26,000 works of art. It moved into the current building, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, in the Dallas Arts District in 1984.

The competition aims to enhance the museum’s connection with local communities and neighborhoods by providing new flexible exhibition spaces, raising the level of circulation and interior spaces and adopting a “considered” sustainability strategy.

The first open round required multidisciplinary teams led by the architect to provide details of the project’s approach, team composition, and expertise. Each of the finalists will receive a $50,000 bonus and $10,000 tuition fee for drawing concept designs, which will be on public exhibition this summer.

The judges will include Arteaga; Zaida Basura, Executive Director of the American Institute of Architects in Dallas; Lucilo Peña, Billingsley’s Head of Development; and Museum President Jeff Ellerman.


  • David Chipperfield Architects (London, UK)

With HarrisonKornberg Architects (Domestic Architect); James Corner for Field Operations (Landscape Architect); pentagram (exhibition design); Thornton Tomasetti (structural engineer); Arup (services and lighting); and Atelier Ten (sustainability)

  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York, USA)

With Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates Inc. (landscape architect); Arup (MEP, Sustainability, and Daylighting Engineer); LERA Consulting Structural Engineers (Structural Engineer); and new subsidiaries (exhibition design)

  • Johnston Markley (Los Angeles, USA)

with Christ & Gantenbein (museum specialist); MOS Architects (Public Domain); Sam Jacob Studio (gallery design); Hargreaves Jones (landscape architect); Boro Happold (MEP and Sustainability Engineer); and Walter P. Moore with Martinez Moore Engineers (structural engineer)

  • Michael Maltzan Architecture (Los Angeles, USA)

With Studio Zewde (Landscape Architect); Jay Nordenson & Partners (Structural Design Engineer); Boro Happold (MEP Engineer); Atelier Ten (sustainability); and JSA/MIXdesign (Gallery Design and Accessibility)

  • Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos (Madrid, Spain)

With Atelier Culbert (exhibition design); SWA Group (Landscape Architect); Arup (Lighting and Sustainability Engineer, MEP); Bollinger + Grohmann (structural and facade engineer); and PGAL (Domestic Architect)

  • Weiss / Manfredi (New York, USA)

with Hood Design Studio (landscape architect); WeShouldDoItAll (gallery design); David van der Lear Design Decisions (Cultural Strategists); Thornton Tomasetti (structural engineer); Jarrus, Boom & Polis (MEP/FP Engineer); and Atelier Ten (sustainability)

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