Architect Jeanne Gang has been named the recipient of the 2022 ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development, the most prestigious and respected honor in the real estate, land use, and development community.
“Jeanne’s artistry and creativity have established her as one of the most influential architects of her generation,” said Ed Walter, ULI’s global CEO. “From museums and skyscrapers to mixed-use developments and learning environments, Jeanne has produced buildings and places that push boundaries and reach new frontiers in sustainable reuse, ecological biodiversity, and social equity. In addition, Jeanne’s commitment to sharing her knowledge and experience with our members has aided ULI in expanding our mission, and I have no doubt this prize will help cement her legacy for years to come.”
Now in its 23rd year, the $100,000 ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development recognizes an individual who has made distinguished contributions to community building globally, who has established visionary standards of excellence in the land use and development field, and whose commitment to creating the highest-quality built environment has led to the betterment of society.
Gang is the founding principal and partner of Studio Gang, an international architecture and urban design practice headquartered in Chicago with offices in New York, San Francisco, and Paris. She is renowned for creating vivid places that connect people with their communities and the natural environment. A MacArthur Fellow and a Professor in Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gang was named one of TIME Magazine’s most influential people in the world in 2019.
“I am honored to be recognized by ULI, whose efforts to foster collaboration across real estate and land use disciplines are critical for shaping more resilient and equitable futures for our cities,” said Gang. “I hope this award will inspire even more developers, architects, planners, and policy makers to come together to realize places that can both uplift communities and support our planet’s greater network of living things.”
The ULI Prize arrives as Studio Gang’s presence in Europe continues to grow. Established in 2017, Studio Gang’s Paris office has grown to include 11 talented designers working on a diverse range of projects, including the University of Chicago’s new Center in Paris, which broke ground last year, and the mixed-use Odyssey development in Paris La Défense. The Studio has also designed an exhibition for the Palais de la Porte Dorée museum and aquarium in Paris that opened in 2019. Meanwhile, the Studio’s first commission in Europe, the Q Residences in Amsterdam, will complete this year.
“I founded Studio Gang to use architecture as a means to address the most urgent challenges confronting our cities today: in particular, climate change and social inequity,” continued Gang. “At the Studio, we approach each of our projects by first considering how they can foster better relationships between individuals, communities, and our shared, natural environment.”
The practice’s diverse portfolio of award-winning completed work includes cultural centers that bring together diverse audiences, public projects that connect people with the natural environment, and high-rise towers that enrich community well-being. Notable among these are Writers Theatre, a professional theater in Glencoe, Ill.; the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership at Kalamazoo College in Kalamazoo, Mich.; and the St. Regis Chicago, now the city’s third tallest building. Ongoing projects in the US include an expansion to the American Museum of Natural History in New York, set to open this winter, and a renewal of the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts in Little Rock, set to open Spring 2023.
“Jeanne’s work is elevated further by her commitment to helping others envision a new future for design,” said Randy Rowe, ULI Prize Jury Chair and chairman of Green Courte Partners in Chicago. “Through research, publications, and exhibitions, she has educated urban designers and architects about how they can make meaningful change with their own projects. This could not be more in line with ULI’s mission, and it’s clear her efforts continue to have a lasting, positive impact on communities worldwide.”
Other 2022 ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development jury members included Candace Damon, vice chairman, HR&A Advisors, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Chris Frampton, CEO, East West Partners, Denver; Diane Hoskins, Co-CEO, Gensler, Washington, D.C.; and Mayor Anthony Williams, the former mayor of Washington, D.C. and current CEO of the Federal City Council.
The ULI Prize for Visionaries in Urban Development was established in 2000 through a gift by the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation to the ULI Foundation. Recent winners have included New York urban planner Jonathan Rose, Mayor Anthony Williams, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena, Chicago artist and urban planner Theaster Gates, Boston transportation entrepreneur Robin Chase, and Singaporean architect and urban planner Dr. Cheong Koon Hean.
This year, Gang will be honored as the Prize laureate and will be a featured speaker at the 2022 ULI Fall Meeting, which will be held in person in Dallas from October 24 to October 27. She will be speaking on October 25 at the concurrent session from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Central.
The Urban Land Institute is a non-profit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to shape the future of the built environment for transformative impact in communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 45,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.
Pictured : Jeanne Gang
Source : ULI