CHICAGO — Barack Obama's presidential library on Chicago's South side will be designed by a New York architectural firm that designed the David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.
The Barack Obama Foundation announced Thursday that Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects has been chosen for the library that will be built near the university where Obama once taught constitutional law.
Designs by the firm include the Barnes Foundation art museum in Philadelphia and the Neurosciences Institute in La Jolla, California.
The specific location of the library hasn't been announced. The foundation last year said the library will be built at one of two parks near the university: Washington Park or Jackson Park. Foundation officials say they expect to announce a decision by the end of this year.
The Obama Foundation is currently considering two sites for the location of the Center, Jackson Park and Washington Park on the South Side.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel issued the following statement:
“As the future home of the Barack Obama Presidential Center, the City of Chicago congratulates Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Interactive Design Architects who have been chosen by the Obama Foundation to bring this legacy project to life. These two firms have a successful track record of creating innovative civic projects across the country, including the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. When complete, the Presidential Center will offer tremendous educational, cultural, and economic benefits to the City and its residents. The once-in-a-lifetime opportunity doubles down on investments already being made on the South Side, creating opportunities for all Chicagoans."