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Jeanne Gang, Research Leadership Council Co-Chair

Founding Principal, Studio Gang

Architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urbanism practice based in Chicago and New York. Jeanne is recognized internationally for a design process that foregrounds the relationships between individuals, communities, and environments. Drawing insight from ecological systems, her analytical and creative approach has produced award-winning projects across scales and typologies, from cultural and public buildings to urban parks and high-rise towers. Intertwined with their built work, she and the Studio also develop research and related projects such as publications, exhibitions, and events that push design’s ability to create public awareness and give rise to change—a practice they call “actionable idealism.”

Jeanne and Studio Gang are currently designing major projects throughout the Americas and Europe. These include an expansion of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City; the next United States Embassy in Brasília, Brazil; the competition for the renovation of Tour Montparnasse in Paris; a unified campus for the California College of the Arts in San Francisco; a reenvisioned Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock; a multi-city project reimagining civic buildings across the US; and the National Building Museum’s 2017 Summer Block Party installation.

A recipient of the 2013 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture, Jeanne was named the 2016 Architect of the Year by the Architectural Review. The work of the Studio has been honored and exhibited widely, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Chicago Architecture Biennial, and Museum of Modern Art. She is the author of three books: Reveal, a monograph about the studio’s work and process; Reverse Effect, an advocacy publication envisioning a greener future for the Chicago River; and Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, an exhibition catalogue that accompanied the studio’s 2012 solo show at the Art Institute of Chicago.

An alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Jeanne serves in several civic advisory capacities and lectures throughout the world. She also teaches architecture at the graduate level; most recently at Harvard, Columbia, and Rice universities, where her students have reimagined infrastructure, urban police stations, and aquariums for the 21st century.