Jeanne Gang to speak Oct. 25

Celebrated architect to present Sam Fox School’s annual Coral Courts Lecture

Studio Gang Architects, Columbia College Media Production Center, Chicago. Photo credit: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing.

Celebrated architect Jeanne Gang, principal and founder of Studio Gang Architects in Chicago, will discuss her work for the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts’ fall Public Lecture Series at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25.

The talk, titled “High and Low,” is the school’s annual Coral Courts Lecture and will take place in Steinberg Hall Auditorium, located near the intersection of Skinker and Forsyth boulevards. A reception for Gang will precede the lecture, at 6 p.m.

Both the reception and lecture are free and open to the public. For more information, call (314) 935-9300 or visit

Gang’s talk also will conclude the Graduate School of Architecture & Urban Design’s fall open house, a half-day event that gives prospective students an opportunity to meet with current students and faculty. For more information or to register, call (314) 935-6227 or e-mail

Jeanne Gang

Studio Gang Architects, Aqua Tower, Chicago. Photo credit: Steve Hall © Hedrich Blessing.

Studio Gang Architects is a collective of architects, designers and thinkers that Gang founded in 1997, following her own stints with OMA/Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam and Booth/Hansen & Associates in Chicago. Through exploration and research early in the design process, her work has staked out new creative territory in materials, technology and sustainability.

Her projects have been published and exhibited widely, including at the Venice Biennale, the Art Institute of Chicago and the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

Gang’s most recent projects include the Columbia College Media Production Center in Chicago, the Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond Renovation and the Aqua Tower, an 82-story downtown high-rise that was named the Emporis 2009 Skyscraper of the Year.

Other major projects include Starlight Theatre, an outdoor theater in Rockford, Ill., that features a kinetic roof; the Hoboken, N.J., 9/11 Memorial; and the residential towers Hyderabad Tellapur 02 in Hyderabad, India, and Solstice on the Park in Chicago.

In addition to her practice, Gang has served since 1998 as an adjunct professor at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where her work has focused on megacities and material technologies. In 2004, she was a visiting professor at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (GSD). In 2005, she was the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture, and in 2007 served as a visiting lecturer at the Princeton University School of Architecture.

Gang studied at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at ETH (the Swiss Federal University of Technical Studies) in Zurich before earning a master of architecture from the GSD in 1993.

A LEED accredited professional, Gang was elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2009.

Coral Courts Lecture

The Coral Courts Lecture highlights outstanding architecture practitioners from across the United States and abroad. The lecture is named in honor of the Coral Courts Motel, a now-demolished Streamlined Moderne motor court formerly located in St. Louis along Route 66. Past Coral Courts lecturers have included Ricardo Legoretta, Rafael Vitoly, Marlon Blackwell, Rick Joy, Billie Tsien, Julie Snow, Carlos Jimenez, Wendell Burnette and J. Meejin Yoon.

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