For Immediate Release: August 8, 2023
CLINTON FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES NEW EXPANSION OF CLINTON PRESIDENTIAL CENTER
Partnering with Studio Gang, the architecture firm founded and led by Jeanne Gang, for design
Clinton Center imagery can be found here
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – The Clinton Foundation today announced plans for a major expansion of the Clinton Presidential Center. The Foundation is partnering with Studio Gang, the award-winning international architecture and urban design practice led by Jeanne Gang, to design the project.
The proposed expansion will help the Clinton Center fulfill its mission to engage and educate people about President Bill Clinton’s lifetime commitment to advancing opportunity for everybody, instilling responsibility throughout our society, and cultivating a shared sense of community. The project will enhance the Clinton Center’s ability to host exhibitions, convene global leaders, and provide educational opportunities. The expansion will also include the new Hillary Rodham Clinton Institute that will hold her personal archives and papers, and serve as a hub for her nonprofit and advocacy work.
The Clinton Center expects to unveil more details of the expansion in 2024.
“For nearly two decades, the Clinton Center has inspired millions of visitors, convened global leaders, and served as a catalyst for innovative social and economic development,” said Stephanie S. Streett, Executive Director of the Clinton Foundation. “Studio Gang is the perfect partner to help us explore opportunities to expand our impact with a focus on sustainability and bringing people together.”
“The Clinton Presidential Center was built to set a new standard for environmental performance,” said Studio Gang Founding Partner Jeanne Gang. “We are excited to be working with the Clinton Foundation to advance that legacy, while also strengthening the Clinton Center’s role as a welcoming hub for cultivating a new generation of global leaders.”
Since the Clinton Center opened its doors in 2004, more than five million people from around the world have visited, including more than 500,000 students and educators. The Clinton Center has hosted dozens of special exhibitions, hundreds of free public programs, and leadership programs for students and professionals. As with other Clinton Foundation initiatives, the Clinton Center has convened leaders across business, government, and civil society, including last year’s Women’s Voices Summit and the 2019 Domestic Economic Policy Conference which launched commitments to spur economic growth across the country. In 2014, the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce found the Clinton Center to have a total economic impact of $3.3 billion in downtown Little Rock and North Little Rock.
The Clinton Center’s buildings, originally designed by the Polshek Partnership, were among the first LEED-certified buildings in Arkansas. The Library and Museum Building is now platinum-certified and the Choctaw Building is gold-certified. The expansion will build on this record of sustainable design and construction practices.
Founded and led by Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang is an architecture and urban design practice headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Paris, and known for its focus on sustainability. Studio Gang designed the recently reopened Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts in Little Rock. Other projects designed by Studio Gang include the 82-story mixed-use Aqua Tower in Chicago; the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation, part of New York’s historic American Museum of Natural History; the 10,000-square-foot Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College; and the 14-acre Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.
Studio Gang has won numerous awards for design excellence, including the 2016 Architizer A+ Firm of the Year Award and the 2013 National Design Award for Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, as well as various awards from the American Institute of Architects, FastCompany’s Most Innovative Companies, among many others. Jeanne Gang was named to the TIME 100 list in 2019.
Studio Gang will work in collaboration with Little Rock-based architecture firm Polk Stanley Wilcox to realize the expansion.
About the Clinton Presidential Center
The Clinton Presidential Center offers a unique perspective of the work – past, present, and future – of the 42nd President of the United States William Jefferson Clinton. Through year-round educational and cultural opportunities for visitors of all ages, it reflects President Clinton’s lifetime commitment to advancing opportunity for everybody, instilling responsibility throughout our society, and cultivating a sense of community within our great nation.
The Clinton Center is home to the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, the Little Rock offices of the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton School of Public Service at the University of Arkansas, and is a managing partner of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program. The Clinton Center is located in a 29-acre city park along the Arkansas River and is also home to the Clinton Museum store and the award-winning restaurant 42 bar and table.
About Studio Gang
Founded and led by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang is an architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago, San Francisco, New York, and Paris. Driven by an ethos of “actionable idealism,” the Studio uses an iterative, research-based design process to create places that build stronger relationships among people, communities, and the natural world. Studio Gang’s diverse portfolio ranges from cultural centers to strategic framework plans to high-rise towers. Notable among these are the reimagined Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, and the recently completed Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History, which the New York Times called “a poetic, joyful, theatrical work of public architecture.” In addition, Studio Gang is currently designing civic, cultural, and educational projects across Europe and the Americas, including the new United States Embassy in Brasilia, the University of Chicago’s European hub for study and research in Paris; the new sustainability commons at Stanford University in Palo Alto; and the new O’Hare Global Terminal in Chicago. Regularly named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Architecture Companies, Studio Gang has been internationally honored, published, and exhibited. The Studio’s most recent monograph, Studio Gang: Architecture was published by Phaidon in both French (2021) and English (2020) editions.