The Last Word: The DMA’s Agustín Arteaga on the Six Finalists of the Museum’s International Design Competition

“The teams now have nine weeks to work their magic.”

Dr. Agustín Arteaga
Eugene McDermott Director
Dallas Museum of Art
.…on the selection of six finalists for the Reimagining the Dallas Museum of Art International Design Competition.

In February, the Dallas Museum of Art launched a “Reimagining the Dallas Museum of Art International Design Competition” for a major expansion that will add flexible gallery spaces, reorganized entrances and circulation, and a reapportioned interior. 

Dr. Agustín Arteaga

The museum received 154 design submissions from all over the world. On Thursday, the DMA announced that it has selected six finalists:

Arteaga calls the shortlist “an exhilarating mix of talent and design approach.”

“The chosen teams feature luminaries but also smaller, less-known but gifted studios,” he said in a statement. “Each is itself a fascinating collaboration, multi-faceted with diverse aspects and skills. Notably, a significant proportion are led by women.”

Nine weeks to create their concept designs

In May, all six finalist teams will attend a site visit at the DMA and get a detailed briefing. They now have nine weeks to create their concept designs before the museum’s Architect Selection Committee meets again to interview them and select a winner. 

“In July we will have six possible visions of how the DMA might be transformed,” Arteaga said. “We’ll showcase these to our communities, supporters, and the wider public, welcoming their feedback.”

The six finalists are, in alphabetical order:

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 Specialists); MOS Architects (Public Realm); Sam Jacob Studio (Exhibition Design); 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); DVDL (Cultural Strategists); Thornton Tomasetti (Structural Engineer); Jaros, Baum & Bolles (MEP/FP Engineer); and Atelier Ten (Sustainability)

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