Studio Gang's annual retreat at Camp Wandawega, Elkhorn, WI
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.
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.
We begin each project with a rigorous discovery process, identifying patterns, testing materials, and developing scalable models and guiding principles.
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.
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.