Studio Gang

Founded and led by Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang is an architecture and urban design practice headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Paris.

We help people, organizations, and cities design their futures.

Creating a Better Future by Building on the Past

Fast Company — "Jeanne Gang is creating a better future by building on the past"

The Fast Company cover story features Jeanne's ideas behind the Studio's body of highly sustainable and adaptive re-use projects.

"If Gang has a signature, it’s not stylistic but philosophical: Her architecture is an ongoing negotiation with nature," writes Justin Davidson for New York Magazine.

Capturing 20 Years of Projects and the Concepts that Connect Them

Published by Phaidon in both English and French, Studio Gang: Architecture is a new monograph that captures the Studio’s pursuit of bold, optimistic architecture through an in-depth exploration of 25 signature projects and the resonant concepts that connect them.

Making Sustainability Inclusive

Studio Gang and The Community Builder's Assemble Chicago has won the C40 Resilient Cities competition! The carbon-neutral development will bring 207 units of affordable housing, a two-story podium of community collaboration spaces, and a revitalized public park to Downtown Chicago.

We believe unequivocally that Black lives matter. We stand in solidarity with those bravely taking action against systemic racial injustice. We believe that as architects, we are responsible for creating spaces that foster justice and equity for all communities.

We invite you to join us as a signatory and Working Group member of US Architects Declare, a network of architects organizing for radical change in the building sector around climate, social justice, and biodiversity.

We are also a signatory of the 1.5oC COP26 Communiqué issued by Architecture 2030, which calls on sovereign government leaders heading to the United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to match our commitment to meet the Paris Agreement's 1.5oC carbon budget.

Forming Spectacular New Connections with Science

Gilder Center Interior Canyon View, a museum designed by Studio Gang

The Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation wins a 2020 Progressive Architecture Award. ARCHITECT Magazine writes, "[The museum is] at once an urbanistic coup and a daring museological experiment."

Bridging Communities with Tall Buildings

The Wall Street Journal — "A Sculptural Skyscraper for Chicago"

What if skyscrapers can be porous connectors, rather than barriers, for the public realm?⁠ As the Vista Tower (St. Regis Chicago) nears completion, The Wall Street Journal highlights the design features that make a supertall tower work at the scale of the neighborhood, calling it "easily the most important addition to the Chicago skyline in a generation—no small feat in America’s most celebrated architectural city."

A New Home and Training Tool for Rescue Workers

"Fire Rescue 2 doesn’t have the luxury of self-indulgent design," writes New York Magazine of our new FDNY training center in Brooklyn. "The architecture is only as good as the job it does, and its job is to help firefighters save lives. . . . it’s part of what makes this small, tough, and pragmatic building, far from the corridors of glamorous design, such a perfect emblem of an unusual practice. The stakes don’t preclude elegance, though — they practically require it."

Reinventing a Coal-Burning Power Plant as a Calorie-Burning Student Center

The greenest buildings are those that already exist. The Beloit Powerhouse demonstrates how architects can be advocates for reuse, transforming a decommissioned powerplant into student center for recreation and health.

In the latest issue of l'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, Jeanne elaborates, "Parce que le bâtiment n’a jamais été conçu pour l’occupation humaine...Les espaces qui étaient à l’origine prévus pour la production d’électricité sont soudainement devenus grandioses et disproportionnés au regard du programme. Nous devions également prendre en compte de la valeur historique du bâtiment."

Sculpting Environmental and Social Advantages

Sculpting Environmental Advantages

The New York Times includes Solar Carve in the fall architecture preview, describing it as "an act of architectural generosity."

Working with Communities to Improve Public Safety

In partnership with the Goldin Institute and other Chicago organizations, Studio Gang has been working with community members to identify ways that design could help improve safety and address the root causes of violence in the West Garfield Park neighborhood. The nine-month engagement process resulted in the community-led idea of transforming the vacant lot at 4008 W Madison into a Roller Rink and Community Plaza, which broke ground on June 5 and will open this July. "Design has a critical role to play in uplifting communities and making our cities more equitable and resilient. Working with the people who know Garfield Park best—its residents—to imagine the future of their neighborhood has been incredibly rewarding," said Jeanne Gang

Bringing the Art of Performance to Everyday Life

Elevation view of Writers Theatre, a cultural building designed by Studio Gang

Writers Theatre is both a region-wide cultural destination and center for community life.

In Her Own Words

Jeanne Gang on the Importance of Bird-Friendly Building Ordinances

In an Op Ed in the Chicago Tribune, Jeanne Gang and Field Museum Senior Conservation Ecologist/Ornithologist Doug Stotz urge Chicago's Department of Planning and Development to enact building codes that are more bird-friendly.

Shaping a Shared Civic Park for Memphis

Tom Lee Park Civic Gateway, designed by Studio Gang and SCAPE

Designed with SCAPE, the new Tom Lee Park will reconnect the Mississippi River to the city of Memphis by transforming 30 acres of riverfront into a signature park where community life can flourish.

Renewing a Free-Spirited Campus to Embrace an Inclusive, Resilient Future

The renewal of Kresge College restores the original, playful integrity of the postmodern campus while simultaneously evolving it for greater accessibility, academic capacity, and environmental performance. A feature in Cultured debuts the new design, now under construction, and situates it within the Studio’s larger body of work on adaptive reuse.

Advocating for our Oceans through Exhibition Design

Exhibited at the Aquarium tropical du Palais de la Porte Dorée, Baleinopolis: Les Sociétés Sécretes des Cétacé reveals the fascinating, complex social structures of cetaceans and how different species’ communities function to help them survive in the ocean. The show was developed in partnership with Olivier Adam.

In Her Own Words

Jeanne Gang Leads the Way on Pay Equity

She closed the wage gap at Studio Gang, and in an op-ed for Fast Company she calls on others to do the same.

"For Jeanne, architecture is not just a wondrous object. It’s a catalyst for change," writes Anna Deavere Smith in her Time 100 tribute.