David Adjaye is tipped to be among the ‘frontrunners’ for the new Obama Presidential Centre in Chicago, which will include a museum and presidential library.
The London-based architect is thought to be one of around 50 firms – most based in the US – sent a request for qualifications by The Barack Obama Foundation last week.
The foundation has so far refused to reveal its list, but according to the ChicagoTribune, a number of firms have confirmed their invitations, including Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Diller Scofidio + Renfro and SOM.
The paper’s architecture critic Blair Kamin said: ‘The rumour mill already has the job going to Adjaye. It was easy to interpret the global search as a way of opening the door for him.’
Kamin suggested that an Art Institute of Chicago exhibition of Adjaye’s work, which opens next week, could offer ‘political cover’ for selecting the Tanzanian-born architect.