2007–2008 ACSA Student Design Competition Re-life of a DFW Airport Terminal

2007–2008 ACSA Student Design Competition

New Visions of Security: Re-life of a DFW Airport Terminal

Open, international, student, RfP

Dallas, Texas

08 Feb 2008 – Registration Deadline

04 Jun 2008 – Submission Deadline


U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); Dallas/FortWorth Iinternational Airport (DFW); American Airlines; Corgan Associates


Open, international, student, RfP


Dallas, Texas




Sep 2007 – Registration Open

07 Dec 2007 – Mid-Project Review

08 Feb 2008 – Registration Deadline

01 Mar 2008 – Questions Deadline

15 Mar 2008 – Answers Posted

04 Jun 2008 – Submission Deadline

Jun 2008 – Winners Announced

Summer 2008 – Publication of Summary Book


Students, working individually or in teams, with faculty sponsor


Not Announced


Mid-Project Review:

5 awards of $2,000 ($1,500 for student/team; $500 for faculty sponsor)

Final Prize:

First Place – Student/Team $20,000; Faculty Sponsor $8,000

Second Place – Student/Team $10,000; Faculty Sponsor $4,000

Third Place – Student/Team $6,000; Faculty Sponsor $2,000

Honorable Mention – $10,000 total, made at jury’s discretion.

The design jury will meet in December 2007 for the mid-project review and during June 2008 to select winning projects. Winning teams and faculty sponsors will be notified of the results directly.




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 911 security requirements, current airline operational needs, passenger use patterns and 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

-Incorporate space for retail and concessions

-Converting its 1970’s architecture into a 21st century statement

-Incorporating the airport’s new train system, SkyLink


Eric Ellis

Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture

1735 New York Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20006

Tel: 202.785.2324

Fax: 202.628.0448