May 24, 2022

Two Architecture Firms Selected to Design Obama Library/Presidential Center in Chicago

From the Obama Foundation Web Site:

The Obama Foundation has selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA) to lead the design team for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) to be their partner as they begin this exciting project. TWBTA stood out in their commitment to explore the best ways of creating an innovative center for action that inspires communities and individuals to take on our biggest challenges. IDEA brings local knowledge and a track record for delivering excellence to large, complex civic projects.

Learn More About Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) Each Architecture Firm, View Examples of Their Work

Learn More About All of the Finalists

The Firms

Direct to Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners Website

Direct to Interactive Design Partners Website

Media Coverage

Obamas Choose New York Architects to Design Chicago Library and Museum (via Chicago Tribune)

Who are Obama Library Architects Tod Williams, Billie Tsien (via Chicago Tribune)

Obamas Tap Two Firms to Design Obama Center in Chicago (via Chicago Tribune)


Obama, First Lady Review Presidential Library Design Proposals (May 1, 2016)

Barack Obama Foundation Issues RFP to Seven Potential Architects for the Future Presidential Center (December, 21, 2015)

140 Architecture Firms Submit Responses to Design Obama Library and Museum in Chicago (September 19, 2015)

Obama Foundation Releases Request for Qualifications For Architecture Firms Interested in Designing Obama Presidential Center (Library and Museum) (August 26, 2015)  ||| Direct to RFQ

Official Announcement: Barack Obama Foundation Selects Chicago as Home for Future Barack Obama Center and Presidential Library (May 12, 2015)

The Barack Obama Foundation Issues RFP to Four Potential Hosts of the Future Obama Presidential Library (September 15, 2014)

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