May 22, 2020
Henning Larsen, Snøhetta, and Studio Gang are the three finalists competing for the design of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library. It will be located in the Badlands of North Dakota.
“These architects share our vision and values,” said Melani Walton, chair of the design and architecture committee of the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library Foundation (TRPLF). “They want to listen and spend time with the community, study the ecology of the Badlands, and embrace the complexities of Theodore Roosevelt’s life.”
The three finalists were selected from 12 firms that affirmatively responded to the T.R. Library request for qualifications (RFQ), which was made public in April. The winner will work alongside an executive architect and construction management team that will be based in North Dakota.
“We are deeply honored to be part of this historic opportunity, and are looking forward to immersing ourselves in the majesty of the Badlands,” said Michael Sørensen, a partner at Henning Larsen. “Theodore Roosevelt was one to push up his sleeves and take on the job at hand—a legacy shared by generations of North Dakotans. We look forward to going there, working with the community, and being part of a historic design process to shape a historic future.”
Design concepts are due July 17 and digital or model renderings are due by August 3. Designs will be made public on August 10 and the TRPLF is scheduled to hold their next board meeting in Medora, North Dakota, on August 17 to18. Ken Vein, director of design and construction, is working with city officials in Medora and the Theodore Roosevelt Medora Foundation to facilitate safe working sessions in Medora by each architectural and design team in June.
“Theodore Roosevelt overcame many challenges in his life and translated his experiences into a deep appreciation for the value of our natural resources and the power of our landscapes,” said Craig Dykers, founding partner of Snøhetta. “His conservation ambitions have even greater relevance today and we are so proud to be a part of fulfilling his vision. All of us at Snøhetta look forward to offering our passion and expertise to make the Theodore Roosevelt Presidential Library a transformative and inspirational experience.”
“Studio Gang is driven by the desire to connect people with each other and their natural surroundings,” said Jeanne Gang, FAIA, Studio Gang founding principal. “I have personally been inspired both by Teddy Roosevelt’s pursuit of conservation, but also by the Badland’s majestic landscape and ecology.”
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