Jeanne Gang

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Jeanne Gang
Born 1964[1]
Belvidere, Illinois[2]
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Illinois (B.S., 1986), ETH: Swiss Federal University of Technical Studies, Zurich Urban Design Studies (Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar, 1989), Harvard University (M.Arch., 1993)
Awards 2011 MacArthur Fellow
Buildings Aqua, SOS Lavezzorio Community Center, Starlight Theatre (Rock Valley College), Media Production Center (Columbia College Chicago), Marble Curtain (National Building Museum).
The western facade of Aqua, an 82-story skyscraper in Chicago designed by Gang.

Jeanne Gang (born 1964 in Belvidere, Illinois)[2] is an American architect. She leads Studio Gang Architects, a Chicago-based architecture and design firm. Gang's projects include Aqua,[3][4] an 82-story mixed-use skyscraper, and SOS Children's Villages Lavezzorio Community Center, a 16,800-square-foot (1,560 m2) foster care community center on Chicago's South Side.[5]

Gang was named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow.[6]


Gang earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois in 1986 and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from Harvard University[7] in 1993. In 1989, she was an International Rotary Fellow, and she studied at the ETH Swiss Federal University of Technical Studies in Zurich, Switzerland. Prior to founding her own firm, she worked with OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam.[8][9]

The work of Studio Gang has been exhibited at the International Venice Biennale, the National Building Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and Gang has been featured in publications such as Metropolis and Architecture Magazine. She has received high honors for her work, including an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006.[8][10]

Gang has taught architecture as an adjunct associate professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology since 1998. She was visiting professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 2004, held the Louis I. Kahn professor chair at the Yale School of Architecture in 2005, and was the Graduate Design Studio Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University in the spring of 2007.[8]

In 2009 the skyscraper Aqua was completed; it was designed by a team led by Jeanne Gang, and is the tallest building in the world to have a woman as lead architect, at 859 ft (262 m). It was her first skyscraper project, and is the largest project ever awarded to an American firm headed by a woman.[11][12]

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