Who will design the Obama Presidential Center?

Meet the seven architecture firms in the running. After reviewing 140 responses to our request for qualifications, the Obama Foundation has narrowed its selection to these top firms for their demonstrated talent, diversity and vision. Explore the links below to learn more about each firm.

The Seven Firms:

  • Adjaye Associates

    “Each of our projects differs in form and style, yet all are unified by their ability to generate a dynamic social and cultural discourse.” Learn more

  • Diller Scofidio + Renfro

    “Our hope is to improve cities, to rethink conventions of everyday space, and to democratize space for public use.” Learn more

  • John Ronan Architects

    “Design buildings not to be noticed, but to be remembered.” Learn more

  • Renzo Piano Building Workshop

    “For a public building to be adopted, loved and cherished by the community it must be truly public and accessible to everyone.” Learn more

  • SHoP Architects

    “At the heart of the firm’s method is a willingness to question accepted patterns of practice.” Learn more

  • Snøhetta

    “All of our work strives to enhance our sense of place, identity and relationship to others and the physical spaces we inhabit.” Learn more

  • Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects

    “We are driven by a desire to design projects that transcend their function, imbuing their surroundings with a dignified presence.” Learn more

Our vision for the Center includes:
  • An interactive museum about the office of the President, his administration, and the issues of our time
  • Expansive greenspace, including community gardens and quiet spots for reflection
  • Convenings of activists, thinkers, and leaders
  • Indoor and outdoor performance space, with live and recorded video production capabilities
  • Training and educational programs
  • Healthy dining for visitors
  • "Labs" for talent of all types to innovate and share their work
  • The headquarters of the Obama Foundation

The process of selecting a firm(s) to provide architectural design services for the future OPC will include a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) phase and a Request for Proposal (RFP) phase. The RFP will not require a full design competition effort as part of the candidates' submissions. It will, however, require a defined, limited effort from each candidate to present creative ideas in response to the Foundation's project goals and site information provided in the RFP. The Foundation does not anticipate announcing the architect until after a contract has been executed in the middle of 2016.

Download the RFQ.

See summary of questions asked about the RFQ.