Studio Gang

Founded by architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang is an architecture, interiors, and urbanism practice in Chicago and New York.


Studio Gang’s Polis Station on view at the Chicago Architecture Biennial

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View of Chicago with the IIT McCormick-Tribune Welcome Centre in the foreground.

The inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial opened Saturday, October 3. Our project, Polis Station—an urban proposal for rebuilding trust between police officers and citizens—is on view at the Chicago Cultural Center through the run of the exhibition, with a panel discussion on Tuesday, November 17, at 6 pm.

Our Northerly Island framework plan re-envisions 91 acres on Chicago’s lakefront, returning the land to public open space and ecological attractions. Marking the completion of phase one of its transformation from Meigs Field, Northerly Island opened to the public on Friday, September 4, 2015.


Neighbors and Police Officers Open New Community Basketball Court

October 4, 2015
10th District Police Station
3315 W. Ogden Avenue
North Lawndale, Chicago
12 pm
Polis Station

On Sunday, October 4, Studio Gang, the Chicago Police Department, the City of Chicago, and 24th Ward Alderman Michael Scott Jr. inaugurated a new basketball court in the parking lot of the 10th District Police Station in North Lawndale.

The basketball court is a real-world example of interventions proposed by Studio Gang's Polis Station installation for the Chicago Architecture Biennial. The court adapts a portion of the station's under-used parking lot as part of a larger effort to create spaces for social connection where officers and neighborhood residents can interact in positive, informal ways.


Curbed – “How Jeanne Gang’s Firm Designed a Better Police Station”

October 2, 2015
Polis Station

“As Gang explains, the people at her firm were, like everyone else, ‘outraged’ at seeing the results of deteriorating relations between communities and the police. So earlier this year, they decided to do something about it. After months of research, came up with Polis Station, a research project that proposes turning police stations into community centers, and have started the process of turning some of those ideas into action in Chicago’s North Lawndale neighborhood.

‘We’re interested in this issue, we read the paper everyday, but we’re not a client of the police or any community groups. But, if you are designing a police station, you should be working for both groups equally.’”

Read more at Curbed


Studio Gang’s WMS Boathouse in the August issue of Architectural Review

The August issue of UK publication Architectural Review focuses on the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park in a major profile.

We’re Live!

This summer we partnered with designers James Goggin and Shan James of Practise and Radovan Scasascia and team at Studio Scasascia to redesign our website. We couldn’t be more pleased with the result, and we're excited to share our work with you in this new way. Thanks again to everyone involved!


Three Points for the Residential High-Rise: Designing for Social Connectivity

Read Jeanne’s essay in advance of her presentation at the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s annual fall conference in New York.


Kayaking the Chicago River with Jeanne Gang

The Architect’s Newspaper visited the WMS Boathouse at Clark Park and went kayaking with Jeanne to talk about the boathouse, the river, and how Studio Gang plans to continue producing unique architecture as its influence expands around the Midwest and beyond.

Defining a new edge of the city, Studio Gang's Vista Tower in downtown Chicago knits the Lakeshore East community to its environment with unprecedented urban connections and new public spaces.


Inside Studio Gang

Our founding principal Jeanne Gang takes you inside the studio to explore our philosophy, approach, and recent work. 

Watch the video; then meet the Studio.


Fire Rescue 2 Honored with NYC Excellence in Design Award

Studio Gang’s Fire Rescue 2, a new station house and training facility for Brooklyn’s elite force of firefighters and rescue workers, is one of ten 2015 recipients of the New York City Design Commission’s Annual Awards for Excellence in Design.

Since 1983, the Annual Awards for Excellence in Design have recognized outstanding public projects in New York that exemplify the highest design standards. Winning projects are selected from hundreds of submissions reviewed by the Commission each year.


Chicago Tribune — Northerly Island “A Beguiling Lakefront Landscape”

The Chicago Tribune’s Blair Kamin reviews the newly opened Northerly Island park, calling it “a beguiling lakefront landscape.”


City Hyde Park: Testing Thermal Break Technology

While thermal break technology is gaining recognition as being critical to energy efficiency, little data exists on its performance in cold weather climates. In Chicago, for instance, thermal isolation products have never been implemented in concrete construction. City Hyde Park presents an opportunity to test this technology by measuring and comparing the performance of thermal breaks on select units against a control group under the same conditions.