Studio

Studio Gang at City Hyde Park, Chicago, 2016

Profile

Founded by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang is an architecture and urbanism collective located in Chicago and New York.

The Studio engages projects of many scales and typologies, using design as a medium to connect people socially, experientially, and intellectually. A sustainability ethos is central to the practice, coupled with a methodology defined by research and experimentation, including collaborations with a wide range of disciplines both inside and outside the traditional design field. 

This approach has helped the Studio produce an innovative architecture, including such award-winning projects as the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College, the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, and the Aqua Tower, each recognized for a strong connection to its own specific place and purpose.

Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, 2010

Aqua Tower, 2010

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, 2014

Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects at the Art Institute of Chicago, 2012

Polis Station at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2015

The Studio’s work has been published and exhibited widely, including at the Chicago Architecture Biennial, Venice Architecture Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art, the National Building Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago. 

Reveal, Studio Gang’s first volume on its work and process, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011. That same year, supported by the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Studio published Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago’s Waterways, a collaborative work that explores a radically greener future for the Chicago River and the Great Lakes. A solo exhibition at Art Institute of Chicago in 2012 was accompanied by the catalogue Building: Inside Studio Gang, distributed by Yale University Press.

Studio Gang was honored with Firm of the Year at the 2016 Architizer A+ Awards.

In 2013 Studio Gang was recognized with the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum’s National Design Award.

Chicago, 2016

Chicago, 2016

New York, 2016

Camp Wandawega, 2015

Process

We begin each project with a rigorous discovery process, identifying patterns, testing materials, and developing scalable, replicable models and guiding principles.

Chicago Model Shop, 2016

New York Model Shop, 2016

New York, 2016

Field trip to Northerly Island during phase one construction, 2015

In addition to targeting LEED standards, we seek out sustainable products and manufacturing practices and additional certifications like the Living Building Challenge.

Jeanne at the Aqua construction site with a flexiform edge, 2009

Philosophy

Our organizational philosophy purposefully inverts the conventional top-down hierarchy. It is rooted in our aim to nurture the needs and development of every studio member, each project, and the office as a whole—a support system anchored by our core principles, mission, and vision. 

Jeanne feeds the bonfire at Camp Wandawega, 2015

As founder and principal, Jeanne supports the entire Studio with direct and indirect resources, infusing every aspect of our work and process with her insight and experience. Each subsequent branch of leadership and individual offshoot offer additional support and resources to those they mentor, ensuring a resilient Studio ecosystem that cultivates innovation, transformation, and regeneration. 

In practice, we maintain a high degree of fluidity within this structure, using it externally to clarify lines of responsibility and authority to our clients and collaborators. Internally, project by project, we each contribute resources and nurture the greater system. Our projects form the heart of the structure and collectively narrate our history, our growth, and the refinement of our ideas and ideals.