Obama Foundation announces 7 architectural firms as finalists to design presidential library

CHICAGO – The Barack Obama Foundation says seven architectural firms are finalists to design the Obama Presidential Center on Chicago’s South Side.

The list released Monday includes four firms from New York, two in Europe and one in Chicago. The foundation said in September that 140 architectural firms from 25 countries and 60 cities applied to design the presidential centre.

The centre will be located in one of two parks on Chicago’s South Side and will be home to Obama’s archives and a museum about his presidency. It is expected to be completed in 2020 or 2021.

The finalists include Diller Scofidio and Renfro, SHoP Architects, Snohetta and Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects of New York; John Ronan Architects of Chicago; Renzo Piano Building Workshop of Italy and Adjaye Associates of London.