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Adjaye and the Competition for the Contract to Design the Barack Obama Presidential Center In reporting on Thelma Golden’s appointment to the board of the Barack Obama Foundation, the IRAAA+ traced connections between Golden, the Obamas and architect David Adjaye which reinforce speculation in the media that Adjaye is moving closer to being selected as architect for the Barack Obama Presidential Center, a $500 million-plus complex to be constructed in a park on Chicago’s South Side. That speculation continued to mount after Foundation officials, on August 26, issued invited a group of architectural firms in the U.S. and overseas to submit their qualifications for the commission. Extending the request to overseas firms is unprecedented. Only architects who are U.S. citizens have designed the 17 existing Presidential Centers (commonly known by their original function …
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