There's a genius among us. This morning, architect Jeanne Gang, principal of Studio Gang Architects and one of the brightest stars of Chicago's architecture community, will be awarded a $500,000, no-strings-attached MacArthur Fellowship. Gang is best known for designing the 82-story Aqua tower at Lakeshore East, but she has also designed the Columbia College's Media Production Center, a new nature boardwalk and pavilion at Lincoln Park Zoo, the SOS Children's Villages center in recent years, as well as several other unbuilt structures, including the Ford Calumet Environmental Center and Solstice on the Park. And, as the Tribune reported yesterday, Gang has been tapped to design some of the new boathouses on the Chicago River announced by Mayor Emanuel yesterday. "An emerging talent with a diverse and growing body of work, Gang is setting a new industry standard through her effective synthesis of conventional materials, striking composition, and ecologically sustainable technology," writes the MacArthur Foundation. Congrats, Jeanne!
· 2011 MacArthur Fellows: Jeanne Gang [MacArthur Foundation]
· Chicago architect Jeanne Gang gets 'vote of confidence' from MacArthur Fellowship [Cityscapes]