The Architectural Review has named Jeanne Gang (MArch '93) Architect of the Year in its 2016 Women in Architecture awards, revealed on March 4. In its announcement, The Architectural Review noted that judges were particularly impressed with Gang’s tri-axial Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College in Michigan.
Gang is founding principal of Chicago-based Studio Gang and, among other honors, has been previously recognized as a MacArthur Fellow and International Rotary Fellow. Some of Studio Gang's other award-winning projects include the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo and the Aqua Tower, both in Chicago.
Gang taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design as a visiting professor in 2004 and 2011. She joins previous Architect of the Year winners Teresa Borsuk (2015); Francine Houben (2014); Alison Brooks (2013); and Michál Cohen and Cindy Walters (2012).
In its 2016 Women in Architecture awards, The Architectural Review also honored Mexican architect Gabriela Etchegaray with its Moira Gemmill Prize for Emerging Architecture. In awarding Gang and Etchegaray, The Architectural Review noted that both “have demonstrated excellence in design and a commitment to working both sustainably and democratically with local communities.”
Top photo: Gang (left) with Christine Murray, founder of Women in Architecture and editor-in-chief of The Architectural Review. Photo courtesy The Architectural Review.