Architect Jeanne Gang is best known for the Aqua Tower in Chicago and its rippling facade. But her work has long melded the formal with social concerns, and from the start of her Chicago-based practice—Studio Gang—in 1997, she has worked across scales and building types. Some current and justcompleted projects include a new campus for the California College of the Arts in San Francisco, a second boathouse on the Chicago River, and the U.S. embassy in Brasilia. Gang is also among a handful of international architects named to the shortlist for the redesign of the widely reviled Tour Montparnasse in Paris. The studio now has an office in Lower Manhattan and has several New York commissions, including an expansion of the American Museum of Natural History. RECORD recently chatted with Gang about her work and the direction of the profession.
Architectural Record: Aqua, completed in 2010, is arguably your most famous building. So it seems odd that you haven’t completed other towers since then.