Jeanne Gang (born 1964) grew up in Belvidere, Illinois. Gang's introduction to design arose when her father, a civil engineer, took the family on vacations across the U.S. to see bridges. She earned her undergraduate architecture degree from the University of Illinois before getting a graduate degree in architecture at Harvard. Returning to her home state, Gang founded an architecture and urban design practice in Chicago.
Completed designs by Studio Gang include mixed use skyscrapers, college residential buildings, theaters, a zoo boardwalk and a fire department training facility.
Besides receiving many architecture awards, including being named the 2016 Architect of the Year by Architectural Review,, Gang received a MacArthur Genius Grant and has shown her work at the Venice Architecture Biennale. Studio Gang is currently working on projects for clients in North America, South America and Europe. Gang also teaches architecture at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Why this stop? The Brown Line Addison stop is one mile east of Studio Gang’s WMS Boathouse on the Chicago River at Clark Park.
Listen to Jeanne Gang describe the WMS Boathouse design process and talk about some of her other projects in this short video.
Connect—Stand at the northeast end of the DuSable Bridge (Michigan Avenue and the Chicago River near the Apple Store) to get a good view of two of Jeanne Gang’s designs—The St. Regis (directly on the river) and Aqua (a tad south of the river).