The Dallas Museum of Art launches international design competition

The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) and design competition organizers Malcolm Reading Consultants (MRC) are calling on local, regional, national, and international architecture firms to participate in the reimagining of the Museum’s campus.

“This is a pivotal moment for the DMA. With our global collection of more than 26,000 artworks from all cultures and time periods, we are one of the most iconic cultural bodies in the city of Dallas. The campus was thoughtfully designed for the time with many good qualities but also presents challenges,” says The DMA’s Eugene McDermott Director Dr. Agustín Arteaga. “Today we are no longer able to accommodate the exponential growth of our collections and are forced to keep masterworks hidden from the public due to limitations on space. It is time for our building to evolve to meet the current and future needs of our diverse and expansive collections and communities.”

The DMA seeks an architectural reinvention to enable the Museum to better serve the diverse city of Dallas and create additional gallery space to accommodate its expanding collection including several forthcoming bequests that will add thousands of works.

The collection, which has benefitted from generous civic benefactors, currently includes 26,500 works and spans 5,000 years of history, representing a full range of world cultures.

The competition program envisages an addition/s that would add flexible galleries. The Museum also requires a reorganization of internal space, circulation, and entrances, as well as a comprehensive modernization framed within a thoughtful sustainability strategy.

Competitors should be aware that the Dallas Arts District is key to Dallas’ identity as a nexus of culture, creativity, inclusivity, and dynamism and is an economic engine for the city.

The competition will feature a public exhibition in summer 2023 of the concepts created by the shortlisted firms. The DMA looks forward to inviting the community to provide feedback at that time.

The competition process is being led by an Architect Selection Committee of community members, which is Co-Chaired by trusted community leaders Jennifer Eagle and Lucilo Peña. A full list of members can be found at the conclusion of the release.

The estimated project budget is approximately US$150-175m. The Museum will look to both public and private funding sources with a funding campaign due to launch later this year.

No design is required at the first stage — rather, designers will need to study the Search Statement and submit their approach to the project, team composition and relevant experience, as well as company details, through a digital form.

The competition requires integrated multidisciplinary design teams comprising as a minimum: lead design architect, landscape architect, exhibition designer, and engineering disciplines including structural, services and sustainability.

Five teams will be shortlisted, and each will receive an honorarium of US$50,000 and expenses of up to US$10,000 for their design work when the competition concludes with the selection of the winner.

Non-Texan US and international teams should have a team member registered to practice in the State of Texas; the competition encourages creative design collaborations.

The finalists’ proposals will be judged by the DMA’s Architect Selection Committee which comprises:

Jennifer Eagle, Architect Selection Committee Co-Chair
Lucilo Peña, Architect Selection Committee Co-Chair; Former Trustee; President of Development, Billingsley Company
Agustín Arteaga, The Eugene McDermott Director, Dallas Museum of Art
Zaida Basora, FAIA; Executive Director, The American Institute of Architects – Dallas
Mary McDermott Cook, Trustee
Jeff Ellerman, Chairman of the Board of the Trustees; Vice Chairman CBRE
Marguerite Steed Hoffman, Former Trustee
Darren L. James, FAIA; NOMA; President, KAI Enterprises
Howard Rachofsky, Former Trustee
Catherine Marcus Rose, Trustee and Former President of the Board of Trustees
Deedie Rose, Trustee
Jennifer Scripps, President and CEO Downtown Dallas, Inc.
Gowri Sharma, President of the Board of Trustees
Gayle Stoffel, Trustee

The deadline for first stage responses is: 10:00 CDT (GMT-5) Wednesday, March 15, 2023. The competition’s second stage will start in spring 2023; the winner announcement is expected in summer 2023. Full details of the competition and how to enter are available on the dedicated competition website: