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NYC Architects Selected to Design Obama Library

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama selected a renowned husband and wife duo to be the architects of Chicago’s Obama Presidential Center.

This will be the second major Chicago commission for New York-based architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien.

Their other major works include the Barnes Foundation art museum in Philadelphia and New York’s American Folk Art Museum, now demolished. In 2014, the couple was awarded the National Medal of Arts by the president.

The Tribune reports the center will be the first presidential library in Chicago and one of the most prestigious projects in the city’s architectural history.

Williams and Tsien will work with Chicago-based Interactive Design architects, a minority-owned business that assisted on the design of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing.