Studio Gang Names New Partners Juliane Wolf and Weston Walker

After more than two decades designing projects that positively help shape cities around the world, Studio Gang announces the elevation of Juliane Wolf, AIA, and Weston Walker, AIA LEED AP, to Partner. The pair have both collaborated closely with MacArthur Fellow and Studio Gang Founding Principal Jeanne Gang for well over a decade to design the firm’s most celebrated projects. Gang says, “It is my great joy to invite Juliane and Wes to be partners at Studio Gang. Establishing these roles is recognition of how we already work together and underscores the admiration everyone in our firm has for these talented leaders. Asking each to become partner celebrates our collaboration and the integral part they play in our practice and for our team.”

Known for creative high-quality architecture that becomes central to its communities, Studio Gang is also known for producing projects that are delivered well. Says Gang, “As our success grows, adding Wes and Juliane to our partnership team ensures our methodology and quality continue into the future and is key to the ‘delivered well’ part of how we serve our clients. Expanding our partnership team will make our design company stronger and reward individuals who reflect our ethos and who are intrinsic to our brand and identity at Studio Gang.”

Currently serving as Design Principal for the new O’Hare Global Terminal and Concourse, Juliane Wolf has collaborated on some of Studio Gang’s most celebrated work, including Writers Theatre and Vista Tower. A licensed architect in Europe and the United States, Wolf studied architecture in Chicago, Denmark, and the U.K., receiving her graduate degree from the Architectural Association of London. Her interest and intensive study of sustainable environmental design, with a unique focus on wood as a construction material, influences her design aesthetic, focusing projects on building ecologically, whether on large international projects or smaller scale, locally based designs.

Says Gang, “Juliane stood out to me as a brilliant designer since the day I met her - nearly twenty years ago. Since then, she has worked as a close collaborator as a design team member, project leader, and later as a design principal responsible for some of our most award-winning projects. Juliane is a methodical thinker with an organized design mind; she has a unique ability to zoom into the detail and the constructability of the project and then zoom out to the scale of the city. With her deep curiosity and positive attitude, it is always a delight to work with her.”

Weston Walker leads Studio Gang’s New York office and has led many of the firm’s mixed-use, cultural, and civic designs, including the expansion of the American Museum of Natural History and the US Embassy Compound in Brasília, Brazil. Walker received his Master of Architecture at Yale where he was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal; he is also a graduate of Cornell University. His work spans typologies, including One Kenmore Square in Boston, the award-winning FDNY Rescue Company 2 fire rescue and emergency training facility, and the exquisitely detailed 40 Tenth Avenue office tower alongside New York City’s High Line park.

Says Gang, “Wes is a highly intelligent problem solver and talented designer who is tenacious in looking for the best solution for any project. He is diplomatic in any situation, funny, and I deeply trust him to reflect the method and values of Studio Gang. When designing, Wes demonstrates empathy for others and is able to see things from many vantage points. This quality makes him a great architect, and it is a sensibility that has been core to his leadership of award-winning projects, even in the most complex of environments.”

Asked about the future of Studio Gang with a broader leadership team, Gang said, “This is our way of publicly formalizing our relationship and celebrating Juliane and Wes’s value to our firm, our clients, and to me personally.” Asked how new partners influence her work, Gang said, “Leading design is what I was made to do, and architecture is my medium; that’s not ever changing. Welcoming Wes and Juliane into our partnership is a way to make my design company stronger and expand my reach with people who have already been working as design leaders and partners with me for a long time.”

“This is the first time I’ve expanded the ownership of Studio Gang. But it’s clear that both Juliane and Wes have been working as partners for some time; this is our way of acknowledging their central role to our work.”

— Jeanne Gang

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