Jeanne Gang

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Jeanne Gang
Gang in 2011
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)
Occupation Architect
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)[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 Architects 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 worked on SOS Children's Villages Lavezzorio Community Center, completed in 2008, a 16,800-square-foot (1,560 m2) foster care community center on Chicago's South Side.[5][11][12]

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 feet (262 m). It was her first skyscraper project, and is the largest project ever awarded to an American firm headed by a woman.[13][14]

In the spring of 2014, Jeanne Gang signed on to be a member of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition jury.[15]


Awards and honors[edit]


  1. ^ Pilar Viladas (January 25, 2010). "Jeanne Gang, Architect". The Nifty 50. The New York Times. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  2. ^ a b "Belvidere's Jeane Gang Gets 2011 MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant". Rockford Register Star. 20 September 2011. Retrieved 12 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Lynn Becker (May 4, 2006). "The Third School: A new kind of skyscraper heralds a new kind of Chicago architecture". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  4. ^ "Aqua Tower". Studio Gang Architects. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  5. ^ a b "SOS Children's Villages – Lavezzorio Community Center". Studio Gang Architects. Retrieved September 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ "MacArthur Fellows Program: Meet the 2011 Fellows". John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. September 20, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  7. ^ Jeanne Gang
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Jeanne Gang CV". Curriculum vitae. Studio Gang Architects. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  9. ^ "Faculty Bio". Harvard University Graduate School of Design. 
  10. ^ "Faculty Bio". Yale School of Architecture. 
  11. ^ Winter, Caroline. "Jeanne Gang and the Greening of Chicago", Business Week, January 24, 2013, accessed October 7, 2014
  12. ^ "SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center / Studio Gang Architects ", Arch Daily, July 13, 2009, accessed October 7, 2014
  13. ^ John King (10 October 2006). "Visionary architect fuses imagination, common sense". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  14. ^ Becker, Lynn. "The Third School". Chicago Reader. Archived from the original on January 29, 2007. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Controversial Helsinki Guggenheim competition attracts record number of entrants". Dezeen. September 17, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
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  17. ^ "The AIA Elevates 112 Members to the College of Fellows". 
  18. ^ "Time Out Chicago: "Cultural Heroes"". 
  19. ^ "American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces 2006 Architecture Winners". 

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