May 25, 2022

140 Architecture Firms Submit Responses to Design Obama Library and Museum in Chicago

From the Barack Obama Foundation

[On Friday] The Barack Obama Foundation announced that 140 architecture firms submitted responses to The Foundation’s Request for Qualifications, marking the next step in the process to build the future Obama Presidential Center on Chicago South Side.

The majority of the submissions which were due by 5 p.m. Central Time on September 16, 2015 and came from American design firms, many of which are based in Chicago.

We are pleased to see such a high level of interest in the design of the Obama Presidential Center from so many highly-qualified architecture firms, said The Obama Foundation Chairman Martin Nesbitt.

This Center will be the headquarters for the post-presidential activities of President Obama, and we are looking forward to thoughtfully reviewing each firm‘s submission.

A few facts about the 140 submissions received by The Foundation:

  • 99 of the responses came from United States-based firms
  • Submissions represent 25 countries and 60 cities

After The Foundation and its advisors complete their review, the President and First Lady will select the firms to participate in a Request for Proposal (RFP) phase. The RFP will be distributed to a smaller pool of applicant firms at a later date.

Request For Qualifications Document (Released on August 26, 2015)

Obama Foundation Architect Selection RFQ by LJ’s infoDOCKET

See Also: Obama Foundation Releases Request for Qualifications For Architecture Firms Interested in Designing Obama Presidential Center (Library and Museum) (August 26, 2015)

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.