May 19, 2022

Obama Foundation Releases Request for Qualifications For Architecture Firms Interested in Designing Obama Presidential Center (Library and Museum)

From the Barack Obama Foundation:

Today, The Barack Obama Foundation released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) soliciting submissions from firms interested in providing architectural design services for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC).

The RFQ outlines the goals of the OPC and asks for submission of credentials, references, examples of prior work, and additional materials to the Foundation. The Foundation has invited architectural design firms to respond to the RFQ.

The OPC will include a library holding the Presidential archives, a museum focusing on the Obama Presidency and issues of our time, and space for programs and initiatives that advance the Foundation’s public mission. In May 2015, the Foundation announced plans to build the OPC on the South Side of Chicago on one of two potential sites: Jackson Park or Washington Park.


Responses to the RFQ must be submitted by September 16, 2015. The Foundation will review and summarize the responses and present them to the President and First Lady. Once the President and First Lady have selected finalists later this year, the Foundation will issue a Request for Proposals to these firms. The Foundation does not anticipate announcing the architect until after a contract has been executed in early 2016.

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Obama Foundation Architect Selection RFQ by LJ's infoDOCKET

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