John Ronan Among Finalists Selected For Obama Library Design

The Chicago Poetry Foundation, designed by John Ronan Architects.

The Chicago Poetry Foundation, designed by John Ronan Architects.

The Barack Obama Foundation today issued a formal request for proposal (RFP) to seven architectural firms. From those finalists, one will be selected to design the Obama Presidential Center on the South Side of Chicago. Among the finalists is local firm John Ronan Architects. Several other finalists also have completed projects in Chicago.

The RFP is the second step in the process, following an earlier request for qualifications, which was released in late August. Responses from the RFP must be submitted to the Foundation by March 31, 2016.

Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects.

Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, designed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects.

This step is not a design competition but rather the process whereby firms can submit visual responses illustrating their creative ideas. A final site has not yet been selected. However, the firms selected to respond to the RFP have been asked to prepare responses for potential sites in both Jackson Park and Washington Park.

The seven finalists are:

Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Genova, Italy). Notable works include the modern wing at the Art Institute of Chicago (pictured above).

Adjaye Associates (London, England), founded by David Adjaye. The Art Institute of Chicago is currently running a mid-career retrospective of Adjaye’s work.

Diller Scofidio + Renfro (New York, NY), led by Elizabeth Diller, Ricardo Scofidio, and Charles Renfro. The firm’s projects including the recently awarded design of the David M. Rubenstein Forum at the University of Chicago.

John Ronan Architects (Chicago). Ronan has designed many academic and civic institutions in Chicago including the Gary Comer Youth Center where the Obama Foundation held its press conference to announce site selection in May 2015.

SHoP Architects (New York, NY). SHoP is based in lower Manhattan, SHoP is led by five principals: Christopher Sharples, Coren Sharples, Gregg Pasquarelli, Kimberly Holden, and William Sharples.

Snøhetta (New York, NY) Snøhetta is owned and operated by the American Architects Craig Dykers and Elaine Molinar.

Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects (New York, NY). Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s studio designs only institutional, academic, civic, and residential work. Past projects include the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago.

Bill Motchan

Author: Bill Motchan

Bill Motchan is a writer and photographer, and a former resident of the West Loop. He can be reached at bill@ChicagoArchitecture.org.

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