Day 2 Keynote

Jeanne Gang, FAIA

Jeanne Gang, FAIA, is a leading architect of her generation. Her inquisitive, forward-looking approach is rooted in a practice she calls “actionable idealism.” On June 23, she joins Renée Cheng, FAIA, and Vishaan Chakrabarti, FAIA, for a galvanizing conversation moderated by Keynote Host Lee Bey.


Portrait of Jeanne Gang on a collage of geometric shapes


Jeanne Gang is the founding principal and partner of Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design practice headquartered Chicago with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Paris. Her inquisitive, forward-looking approach to design—unique in its pursuit of new technical and material possibilities as well as in its expansion of the active role of designers in society—has distinguished her as a leading architect of her generation. Drawing insight from ecological systems, she creates striking places that connect people with each other, their communities, and the environment.

Jeanne’s approach has produced award-winning projects across scales and typologies, from cultural and community buildings such as the Writers Theatre and Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership to structurally dynamic towers like the St. Regis Chicago. Ongoing work includes major cultural and civic projects such as the Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York; a new United States Embassy in Brasília; the University of Chicago’s European hub for study and research in Paris; and a new Global Terminal for O’Hare International Airport in Chicago.

Intertwined with built work, Jeanne and the Studio also develop research, publications, and exhibitions that push design’s ability to create public awareness and give rise to change—a practice Jeanne calls “actionable idealism.” A monograph of her Studio’s work, Studio Gang: Architecture, was published last year by Phaidon. A MacArthur Fellow and a Professor in Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Jeanne has been honored with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture and been named one of the most influential people in the world by TIME magazine.

Event details
Thursday, June 23, 8am
McCormick Place Convention Center

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