With a portfolio of widely praised projects, including Chicago’s Aqua Tower, to her credit, architect Jeanne Gang can now add “genius” to the list of accolades she has received for her work. Last week, the 47-year-old founder of Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects was named a 2011 fellow by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. She is only the fourth architect to receive the distinction commonly known as a “genius” award. Each of this year’s 22 fellows receives a no-strings-attached grant of $500,000 dispensed over five years.
We caught up with Gang to hear about her reaction to receiving the fellowship, her plans for the award money, and where she feels the architecture profession is going in the years ahead.