CHICAGO (CBS) — The Barack Obama Foundation has chosen a New York City architectural firm to lead the design of the Obama presidential library on the South Side, but a Chicago firm not among the initial seven finalists was also selected as a partner on the job.
The foundation announced it has selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, which designed the Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago, to lead the design team for the library. Chicago-based Interactive Design Architects will partner with TWBTA on the project.
Interactive Design Architects, a minority-owned firm headed by South Side architect Dina Griffin, designed the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Obama Foundation chairman Marty Nesbitt said President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama made the decision.
“It was a really, really tough call to make; but it was based on this idea of chemistry and the ability to work together and collaborate that was key to the decision-making process, and nothing related to design,” he said.