The Chicago architects that are changing the face of the city’s public housing.
Jeanne Gang, Principal, Studio Gang
Chair: Jeremy Melvin, Curator, World Architecture Festival
Source by World Architecture Festival
American architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, FAIA, FRIBA, is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design practice with offices in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur, Jeanne is internationally renowned for a design process that foregrounds the relationships between individuals, communities, and environments. Her diverse body of work spans scales and typologies, expanding beyond architecture’s conventional boundaries to pursuits ranging from the development of stronger materials to fostering stronger communities. Her approach has resulted in some of today’s most compelling architecture, including Aqua Tower, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, and Writers Theatre. She is currently designing major projects throughout the Americas and Europe, including the Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York; a unified campus for California College of the Arts in San Francisco; and the new United States Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil.
A recipient of the 2013 National Design Award (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum), Jeanne was named the 2016 Architect of the Year by the Architectural Review. In 2017, she was honored with the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award and made an honorary fellow of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Widely published and acclaimed, her work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Museum of Modern Art, and Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Reveal, the first volume on Studio Gang’s work and process, and Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago’s Waterways, which envisions a radically greener future for the Chicago River.
Jeanne is a distinguished alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where she was recently appointed Professor in Practice. Her GSD studios have previously explored the multivalent potential of materiality. This semester she is working with students to explore strategies for rebuilding community infrastructure in the Caribbean Islands following Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Jeanne lectures frequently throughout the world and serves on various civic and design-focused committees and advisory groups.
This interview with Jeanne Gang was conducted by architecture writer Andrew Blum and recorded on March 9, 2006.
The Architectural League‘s annual Emerging Voices lecture series was created in 1982 to recognize and encourage architects who are beginning to achieve prominence in the profession. The series focuses primarily on built work, at a variety of scales, and is structured to reflect the diversity of contemporary practice — geographically, stylistically, and ideologically. More information can be found at archleague.org.
Source by The Architectural League
Today’s cities must cope with lapsed industrial spaces and inherited infrastructure. Through the lens of some of her firm’s most recent and noteworthy projects, Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects (Chicago) will consider how architectural practice might be refocused to help reimagine these territories and initiate transformation, and profess her longstanding interest in the new ways that cultural and science-based aspects of natural systems can be of use in defining the city.
Jeanne Gang, FAIA, LEED AP, is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urbanism collective located in Chicago and New York. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Jeanne received her Master of Architecture degree from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She is a MacArthur Fellow and recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.
Jeanne is internationally renowned for bold and functional designs that incorporate ecologically friendly technologies in a wide range of striking structures. She has been sought out by numerous organizations seeking to engage her creative approach for mission-oriented architecture and design. Employing this approach, she has produced some of today’s most compelling design work, including the Aqua Tower, Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, WMS Boathouse at Clark Park, and Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Jeanne is currently engaged in major projects throughout the United States, including the expansion and renovation of the American Museum of Natural History; tall buildings in San Francisco, Chicago, and New York; the Fire Rescue 2 training facility in Brooklyn; Writers Theatre in Glencoe, Illinois; and the University of Chicago Campus North Residence Hall.
Jeanne’s work has been exhibited widely, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale and the Art Institute of Chicago. Her design proposal, titled Polis Station, for community-oriented police stations was recently exhibited at the inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial. She is the author of Reveal: Studio Gang Architects and Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago’s Waterways.
Kadambari Baxi, architect and professor, Barnard College
Jordan Carver, writer and PhD student, New York University, American Studies (M.Arch '11 / MSCCCP '12)
Laura Diamond Dixit, architect and PhD candidate, Columbia GSAPP
Tiffany Rattray, architect, Studio Tack (M.Arch '14)
Lindsey Wikstrom Lee, architect, Studio Gang (M.Arch '16)
Mabel O. Wilson, architect and professor, Columbia GSAPP (M.Arch '91)
Response by Amale Andraos, Phillip Bernstein, and Andrew Ross
Who Builds Your Architecture? (WBYA?) is a coalition of architects, activists, scholars, and educators that tackles the pressing question: who builds your architecture? to examine the links between labor, architecture and the global networks that form around building buildings. As major architectural projects unfold in the Middle East, Asia, Africa and around the globe, and as architects from the US increasingly work abroad, we explore the ethical, social and political questions that emerge under these relatively new circumstances. From workers’ rights to construction practices to design processes to new technologies WBYA? investigates the role of architecture and architects: what it is and what it could be.
We name our group in the form of a question in order to jumpstart a discussion amongst our colleagues in architecture as well as collaborators in related disciplines. For us this one question sparks many other inquiries where we need to rethink ethics, new technologies, professional practice, activism and education. Ultimately, our aim is to investigate contemporary forms of globalization where architecture takes central stage, and to address critical questions, such as:
What are the architects’ ethical responsibilities toward those who erect their buildings around the world?
Where do these construction workers come from and what does architecture demand from them?
How do new technologies transform construction methods as well as communication? Addressing labor-intensive manual labor?
Or workers’ rights?
Or site oversight?
If low-cost labor enables architects’ uninhibited creative expression, what is the human cost?
Organized by WBYA? and Columbia GSAPP.
Monday, October 12, 2015 6:30pm
Response by Amale Andraos
In her first lecture at Columbia since 2012, architect, MacArthur Fellow, and GSAPP Visiting Professor Jeanne Gang presents the work of Studio Gang Architects. The Chicago-based firm’s acclaimed portfolio includes the Aqua Tower and Columbia College Media Production Center. In Gang’s work, Richard Meier notes a “continuation of Chicago’s modernist tradition of structural rationalism. She does this in a way that is at once deeply personal, socially progressive and incomparably innovative.”