Studio Gang's annual retreat at Camp Wandawega, Elkhorn, WI

Studio Gang's annual retreat at Camp Wandawega, Elkhorn, WI


Founded by architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang in 1997, Studio Gang is an architecture, interiors, and urbanism practice in Chicago and New York.

Our architecture practice seeks to embody the needs of communities and cities in form and program. We develop and implement sensitive site- and culture-specific design strategies, collaborating with experts from a range of fields, including ecology, technology, and sustainability. 

Seamlessly coordinating with the development of plans and building systems, our interiors team designs intuitive, inviting spaces that enhance and are enhanced by the ideas and concepts in the architecture.

Prioritizing measurable positive civic impact, our urbanism practice includes urban, master, geo-spatial, and strategic planning services. Employing the synergistic tools of design and planning, we help neighborhoods, communities, and cities respond to issues of urbanization and inequity.

Studio Gang was honored with the 2013 National Design Award for Architecture by the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. 

Our work has been 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.

The Studio’s first solo exhibition, Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, set record attendance during its run at the Art Institute of Chicago from September 2012 to February 2013, and was accompanied by an exhibition catalogue copublished by Yale University Press and the Art Institute of Chicago.

Reveal, the first volume on the Studio's work and process, was published by Princeton Architectural Press in 2011, followed by Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago’s Waterways, a collaborative effort with the Natural Resources Defense Council that explores a radically greener future for the Chicago River and the Great Lakes. 

Studio portrait, Chicago, 2015

Picnic at Camp Wandawega, 2015


Addressing global issues through transformative design and local action, Studio Gang helps communities, cities, and organizations make more livable spaces, resulting in tangible and enduring improvements to our built and natural environments.

Studio Gang offers a full range of architectural, interior, and urban design services, focusing on built work with measurable positive impact. 

We begin each project with a rigorous discovery process, identifying patterns, testing materials, and developing new models, seeking to address pressing social challenges and locate new efficiencies within the design and construction industries.

Studio Gang Model Shop, 2011

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


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.

Jeanne feeds the bonfire at Camp Wandawega, 2015