Design Dialogues: The Obama Presidential Center




Lectures Chicago, IL, USA September 27, 2018

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Don’t miss this in-depth review of the latest plans for the Obama Presidential Center. Lead architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien will detail their work on this momentous project on Chicago’s South Side.

Learn about the extended design process, from the initial competition entry through multiple iterations, during this special event. You’ll hear about the architects’ aspirations and plans to weave the Center and its grounds into historic Jackson Park. CAF’s Reed Kroloff will moderate this distinguished panel.


In a career spanning 25 years, Reed Kroloff has edited the nation’s leading architectural magazine, led two noted schools of architecture, art and design, and served as a regular national commentator on architecture and design. As a partner in jones/kroloff, he has advised clients that include, among others, the Highline, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art, the University of Chicago, Yale University, the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Federal Government of Mexico, Berry Gordy, Brad Pitt/Make it Right, Quicken Loans/Rock Ventures and the History Channel.


Tod Williams and Billie Tsien founded their eponymous New York architecture office in 1986. Their studio focuses on work for institutions and organizations that benefit and inspire their surrounding communities, like schools, museums and not-for-profits. Notable projects include The Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia, Asia Society Hong Kong Center and the Lefrak Center at Lakeside in Prospect Park Brooklyn. Over the past three decades, their dedication to this work has received numerous national and international citations, including the National Medal of the Arts from President Obama and the Firm of the Year Award from the American Institute of Architects.

Chicago Architecture Center
Gand Lecture Hall
111 E. Wacker Dr.

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