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Kent State Brings Architect and MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang to Campus

Gang is the genius behind Chicago’s Aqua Tower and Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo

The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series at Kent State University will present a free, public lecture by architect Jeanne Gang, FAIA, LEED AP, on Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7:30 p.m. at University Auditorium in Cartwright Hall. The event is open to everyone. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Reservations are not required, and the lecture will be followed by a complimentary dessert reception. 

Gang is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urbanism practice in Chicago and New York that specializes in sustainability, collaboration and material experimentation. In 2011, she was recognized by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as a MacArthur Fellow. The foundation aims to "support creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant and peaceful world.” Typically, the award is given to citizens or residents of the United States who "show exceptional merit and promise for continued and enhanced creative work."

Gang also is the recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award.

Internationally recognized for her innovative use of materials and environmentally sensitive approach, Gang explores the role of design in revitalizing cities. Through projects ranging in scale from community anchors and cultural institutions to tall mixed-use buildings and urban planning, she engages pressing contemporary issues and their impact on human experience.

Addressing global issues through local engagement, she has produced some of today’s most compelling design work, including the Aqua Tower (Chicago), Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, WMS Boathouse at Clark Park and Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership. Gang and Studio Gang are currently engaged in major projects throughout the United States, including the expansion and renovation of the American Museum of Natural History, tall buildings in San Francisco and New York, and the Campus North Residence Hall for the University of Chicago.

Gang’s work has been exhibited widely, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Chicago Architecture Biennial and the Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Reveal: Studio Gang Architects, her first volume on Studio Gang’s work and process, which was published in 2011, and Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago’s Waterways, which envisions a radically greener future for the Chicago River.

Gang graduated with a bachelor’s degree in architecture from the University of Illinois, and also graduated with a master’s degree with distinction from Harvard University Graduate School of Design. She has taught at Harvard, Yale and Princeton.

The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series has presented guest artists respected in the field of theatre, dance, visual arts, music and architecture. Now in its 15th year, the Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series was established in 2002 by Cecile Draime and her late husband Max of Warren, Ohio, to honor their dear friend, Thomas Schroth (1922-1997). A noted regional architect, Schroth designed the Butler Institute of Art’s Trumbull museum in Howland, as well as numerous other award-winning projects. Schroth spent his life in Niles, Ohio, as a prominent architect and inveterate collaborator in the artistic life of the Mahoning Valley and Northeast Ohio. A world traveler, he saw human creativity as a window framing human experience. The Thomas Schroth Visiting Artist Series brings diverse views through that window to the Kent campus and community. The events are always free and open to the public.