Chipperfield shortlisted in Dallas Museum of Art contest


The London-based practice has teamed up with local firm HarrisonKornberg Architects and landscape architect James Corner Field Operations. It is competing against teams led by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Johnston Marklee, Michael Maltzan Architecture, Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos of Madrid and Weiss/Manfredi.

The Reimagining Dallas Museum of Art competition, which received a total of 154 submissions, will select a team to revamp the landmark campus so it can ‘better serve the diverse city of Dallas’ and accommodate a growing collection of artworks.

The $150-to-175 million project will expand the museum’s gallery space and reorganise its internal spaces, circulation, and entrances, while also upgrading the existing Indiana limestone-clad complex.


The two-stage contest is being organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants. Its chairman, Malcolm Reading, said: ‘The DMA’s project has inspired interest from all around the globe making the competition, in terms of take-up and quality, something of a phenomenon.

‘The challenges facing the building and the museum are emblematic of our times. The complex programme, matched with the shortlist’s variety and talent, gives the museum a rare opportunity: to renew one of Dallas’s most cherished institutions and give the broader museum community a case study in reuse.’

The museum’s Eugene McDermott director, Agustín Arteaga, said: ‘We are thrilled to announce our shortlist: an exhilarating mix of talent and design approach.

‘The chosen teams feature luminaries but also smaller, less-known but gifted studios. Each is itself a fascinating collaboration, multifaceted with diverse aspects and skills. Notably, a significant proportion are led by women.

‘The teams now have nine weeks to work their magic. In July we will have six possible visions of how the DMA might be transformed. We will showcase these to our communities, supporters, and the wider public, welcoming their feedback.’


Dallas Museum of Art was founded in 1903 and is one of the Texas city’s most influential cultural institutions, holding 26,000 artworks. It moved to its current building, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, in the Dallas Arts District in 1984.

The competition aims to strengthen the museum’s connection to local communities and neighbourhoods by delivering new flexible gallery spaces, upgrading circulation and internal spaces and adopting a ‘thoughtful’ sustainability strategy.

The open first round required architect-led multidisciplinary teams to submit details of their project approach, team composition and experience. The finalists will now each receive a $50,000 honorarium and $10,000 expenses to draw up design concepts, which will feature in a public exhibition this summer.

Judges will include Arteaga; Zaida Basora, executive director of the American Institute of Architects Dallas; Lucilo Peña, president of development at the Billingsley Company; and the museum’s chair Jeff Ellerman.

The shortlist

  • David Chipperfield Architects (London, UK)

with HarrisonKornberg Architects (local architect); James Corner 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 Affiliates (exhibition design)

  • Johnston Marklee (Los Angeles, USA)

with Christ & Gantenbein (museum specialist); MOS Architects (public realm); Sam Jacob Studio (exhibition sesign); Hargreaves Jones (landscape architect); Buro 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); Guy Nordenson and Associates (structural design engineer); Buro Happold (MEP engineer); Atelier Ten (sustainability); and JSA/MIXdesign (exhibition design and accessibility)

  • Nieto Sobejano Arquitectos (Madrid, Spain)

with Atelier Culbert (exhibition design); SWA Group (landscape architect); Arup (MEP, lighting and sustainability engineer); Bollinger+Grohmann (structural and facade engineer); and PGAL (local architect)

  • Weiss/Manfredi (New York, USA)

with Hood Design Studio (landscape architect); WeShouldDoItAll (exhibition design); David Van Der Leer Design Decisions (cultural strategists); Thornton Tomasetti (structural engineer); Jaros, Baum & Bolles (MEP/FP engineer); and Atelier Ten (sustainability)

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