2007-08 DFW Airport Terminal

The Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), in collaboration with the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) are pleased to announce the 2007-08 Student Design Competition, NEW VISIONS OF SECURITY: RE-LIFE OF A DFW AIRPORT TERMINAL. This competition is sponsored by DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate and administered by ACSA. This competition will focus on compelling security and other challenges facing our airports today. With the assistance of the DFW Airport Planning Department, American Airlines, and Corgan Associates, the program is intended to challenge students, working individually or as a team, to explore improvements in passenger security as well as the overall passenger experience by transforming an existing, operating airport terminal from the 1970’s. This challenge of converting aging facilities into the terminals of the future, capable of efficiently accommodating major changes in the aviation industry, is a challenge many of the country’s major airports are starting to address. The competition is an opportunity to understand the passenger experience and help define new security concepts for DFW as well as other airports.

Major changes to airline operations, passenger expectations, and aviation security over the past 30 years, along with the aging terminal buildings, make it necessary for Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) to explore designs for a major terminal re-life. This competition will require students to develop design solutions to “re-life” American Airlines’ Terminal A at DFW. The competition is intended to allow for a complete interior and exterior re-design of the current crescent shaped two-story terminal necessary to respond to post 9-11 security requirements, current airline operational needs, passenger use patterns, expectations, and concession development. 

Designs for the re-life of DFW Terminal A should focus on: 

  • Accommodating current and emerging security requirements
  • Incorporating sustainable design
  • Optimizing operational efficiencies
  • Incorporating space for retail and concessions
  • Converting its 1970’s architecture into a 21st century statement
  • Incorporating the airport’s new train system, SkyLink

DFW Airport opened in 1974 as a regional airport. Today, DFW is a major international gateway serving over 55 million passengers annually, with 70% of passengers connecting. DFW is a major hub for the nation’s largest airline, American Airlines. This competition will focus on DFW Airport Terminal A’s nearly 1,000,000 square feet that serve domestic flights on two stories with a two level roadway system, 30 gates, and offices for American’s domestic operations.

Winning students and their faculty sponsors will receive cash prizes totaling US $70,000. Winning student or student teams with concepts showing promising solutions may be invited to spend a week at the architectural offices of Corgan Associates, Inc. in Dallas and create a set of development drawings to further refine the submission concepts.

DFW Airport Competition Program (PDF)