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The architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is founder and principal of Studio Gang Architects, a Chicago-based collective of architects, designers, and thinkers whose projects confront pressing contemporary issues. Through her practice, Gang seeks to respond to and reframe questions that lie locally (site, culture, people) and resound globally (density, climate, sustainability).
She roots her designs in both architectural form and idea-driven content toward achieving a compelling whole, and she often arrives at design solutions through investigations and collaborations across disciplines.
- the design of Northerly Island Park, a 91-acre former airfield on Chicago's lakefront that is now under construction
- the Solar Carve Tower, a commercial high-rise shaped by the sun that abuts the High Line in Manhattan
- the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, an educational pavilion and landscape that also functions as stormwater infrastructure
Since founding Studio Gang in 1997, Gang has gone on to win numerous honors, among them a MacArthur Fellowship, an Academy Award in Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and an Emerging Voices Award from the Architectural League of New York.
In 2009 she was named a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Her work with Studio Gang has been published and exhibited widely, most notably at the International Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the National Building Museum in Washington DC.
A distinguished graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gang has taught at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and IIT, where her studios have focused on cities, ecologies, materials, and technologies.
Reveal, her first volume on Studio Gang's work and working process, was released in 2011. Her firm’s first solo exhibition, Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, opened at the Art Institute of Chicago in September 2012 and will run through February 24, 2013.
The 2012-13 Architecture Lecture Series is funded by Grants for the Arts / San Francisco Hotel Tax Fund; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP; Jensen Architects; John Marx / Form4 Architecture; Perkins+Will; Pfau Long Architecture Ltd.; STUDIOS Architecture; WSP Flack+Kurtz; ARCH Art Supply; BraytonHughes Design Studios; GCI; Long & Levit LLP; SFMOMA A+D Forum; Tom Eliot Fisch; Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture; Blasen Landscape Architecture; John A. Raeber, Architectural Specifications; and Ratcliff.