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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, which maintains an ongoing interest in tall buildings, Jeanne 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. Her tall buildings projects include the 82-story Aqua Tower, a Finalist in the CTBUH 2010 Best Tall Building Awards; the Solar Carve Tower, a commercial high-rise that abuts the High Line park in Manhattan; the Hyderabad 02 residential development for Hyderabad, India; and City Hyde Park, a mixed-use project designed to spur the urban evolution of its Chicago neighborhood.

Since founding Studio Gang in 1997, Jeanne 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, MoMA, and the National Building Museum. A distinguished graduate of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Jeanne 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, ran at the Art Institute of Chicago from September 2012 through February 2013.