Jeanne Gang

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Jeanne Gang
Gang in front Aqua, 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 and MacArthur Fellow.[3] She leads Studio Gang Architects, an architecture and design firm based in Chicago and New York. Gang's projects include Aqua,[4][5] an 82-story mixed-use skyscraper, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College,[6] the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park on the Chicago River,[7] and the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo.[8]


Gang was raised in Belvidere, IL and earned her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Illinois in 1986 and a Master of Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design[9] 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.[10][11]


The work of Studio Gang Architects has been exhibited widely. In 2012, the Studio was featured in the solo exhibition Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects at the Art Institute of Chicago;[12] in 2011, Studio Gang was part of the Museum of Modern Art exhibition Foreclosed: Rehousing the American Dream.[13] The Studio's work has been shown at the Venice Biennale, the National Building Museum, and at Design Miami. She has received high honors for her work, including the National Design Award for Architectural Design from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in 2013 and an Academy Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2006.

Gang has authored two books—Reveal (2011) and Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago's Waterways (2011)—and co-edited the Art Institute of Chicago exhibition catalogue Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects in 2012.

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 and 2011, held the Louis I. Kahn professor chair at the Yale School of Architecture in 2005, was the Graduate Design Studio Visiting Lecturer at Princeton University in the spring of 2007, and taught at Rice University School of Architecture in 2014.

In the spring of 2014, Jeanne Gang signed on to be a member of the Guggenheim Helsinki Design Competition jury.[14]

In 2009 the skyscraper Aqua was completed; it was designed by a team led by Jeanne Gang, and is the third [15] 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.[16][17]


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  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. ^ "MacArthur Fellows Program: Meet the 2011 Fellows". John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. September 20, 2011. Retrieved 2011-09-20. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Aqua Tower". Studio Gang Architects. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
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  10. ^ a b c d e f "Jeanne Gang CV" (PDF). Curriculum vitae. Studio Gang Architects. Retrieved 2011-09-22. 
  11. ^ "Faculty Bio". Harvard University Graduate School of Design. 
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  14. ^ "Controversial Helsinki Guggenheim competition attracts record number of entrants". Dezeen. September 17, 2014. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  15. ^ Gang, Jeanne. Architecture, A Woman's Profession. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. p. 164. ISBN 978-3-86859-086-9. 
  16. ^ John King (10 October 2006). "Visionary architect fuses imagination, common sense". The San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-08-04. 
  17. ^ Becker, Lynn. "The Third School". Chicago Reader. Archived from the original on January 29, 2007. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  18. ^ Kamin, Blair (2010). Terror and wonder: architecture in a tumultuous age. Chicago 60637: University of Chicago Press. p. 89. ISBN 978-0-226-42311-1. 
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  20. ^ Kullack, Tanja (2011). Architecture: A Woman's Profession. Berlin: Jovis Verlag Gmbh. pp. 121–122. ISBN 978-3-86859-086-9. 
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  24. ^ "The AIA Elevates 112 Members to the College of Fellows". 
  25. ^ "Time Out Chicago: "Cultural Heroes"". 
  26. ^ "American Academy of Arts and Letters Announces 2006 Architecture Winners". 

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