Jeanne Gang

John Portman Design Critic in Architecture

MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, FAIA, is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urbanism practice with offices in Chicago and New York. Jeanne works across scales and typologies to test how design can strengthen relationships between individuals, communities, and environments. Her interdisciplinary and research-driven approach has produced projects from multi-acre urban parks to super-tall towers. Current projects include the American Museum of Natural History’s Gilder Center expansion; the next United States Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil; the competition for the renovation of Tour Montparnasse in Paris; a multi-city project re-envisioning 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. Her work with Studio Gang has been honored and exhibited widely, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale, MoMA, Chicago Architecture Biennial, and Miami Art Basel.

An alumna of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design (M.Arch with Distinction), Jeanne also holds a Bachelor of Science with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and studied urban design at ETH Zürich as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar. She has most recently taught at Columbia, Rice, and the GSD, where her studios have reimagined urban police stations, aquariums, and ecological infrastructure for the twenty-first century. Reveal, her first volume on Studio Gang’s work and process, was published in 2011. She is also the author of Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago’s Waterways, which envisions a radically greener future for the Chicago River, and Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, which accompanied Studio Gang’s 2012 solo show at the Art Institute of Chicago.