Studio Gang Selected as National Architect for Reynolds Project

'After reviewing 29 applicants and narrowing the field to six finalists, the UK College of Design is honored to announce that Studio Gang has been selected as the National Architect for the Reynolds Building project. Along with the College, Studio Gang will be working with K. Norman Berry Associates (KNBA), who was selected as the architect of record for the project.

Dean Mitzi Vernon, who served on the selection committee with Director of Technology Bill Massie and members of UK’s facilities department, noted that Studio Gang founding principal and MacArthur Fellow, Jeanne Gang, FAIA, Int. FRIBA, brings a span of qualifications to this project. “Jeanne has a history with Lexington and the College, and Studio Gang has been an integral part of our important work in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville,” said Dean Vernon. “With her broad portfolio of work, she understands community engagement, adaptive reuse, and as we look at the Reynolds Building, we consider the district and Lexington’s University City status, anticipating the critical role Jeanne will play in that evolution.”

Last week, Jeanne Gang was the only architect named as one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People. Her distinguished honors only highlight her dedication to sustainability, environmentalism, urban sensitivity, and diversity, as evidenced by the diversity in her practice and her pay equity pledge. She was last year’s recipient of the UK College of Design Brown-Forman Visiting Chair Endowment, and co-taught Studio Louisville with David Biagi, a satellite studio that engaged members of the Portland neighborhood of West Louisville to explore how architecture and urban design reflect and foster community identity, health, and resiliency.

On hearing the news of Studio Gang’s selection, Jeanne Gang responded, “The College of Design is taking bold steps toward defining the future of design education. We are so excited to partner with the College to help capture this ambition through architecture.”'

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