How do you spend Friday evening? Do you join those jamming NYC’s cultural institutions or those crowds overpopulating film theaters? When it hosts a pair of NYC’s most interesting and provocatively creative thinkers, the Center for Architecture—one of NYC’s premiere cultural institutions—can certainly lift your spirits. This series of dialogues about design joins an architect with a critic, journalist, curator, or architectural historian to discuss current architecture design issues. Friday night is not “Friday Night” without the appropriate beverage. We’ll provide a custom-crafted cocktail—one inspired by the architect’s work and created especially for this event. Join us in growing the tradition of Delight Night in New York’s Weekend Cultural Scene—Blight Night it is not.
Organized by: AIANY Architecture Dialogue Committee
Jeanne Gang, FAIA, Founding Principal, Studio Gang
Michael Kimmelman, Architecture Critic, The New York Times
Jeanne Gang, FAIA, is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urbanism practice with offices in Chicago and New York. Jeanne works across scales and typologies to test how design can strengthen relationships between individuals, communities, and environments. Her interdisciplinary and research-driven approach has produced projects from multi-acre urban parks to super-tall towers.
Jeanne and Studio Gang are currently designing major projects throughout the Americas and Europe. These include an expansion of the American Museum of Natural History in New York City; the next United States Embassy in Brasília, Brazil; the competition for the renovation of Tour Montparnasse in Paris; a unified campus for the California College of the Arts in San Francisco; a reenvisioned Arkansas Arts Center in Little Rock; a multi-city project reimagining civic buildings across the US; and the National Building Museum’s 2017 Summer Block Party installation.
A recipient of the 2013 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture and a 2011 MacArthur “Genius” Grant, Jeanne was named the 2016 Architect of the Year by the Architectural Review. Her work with Studio Gang has been honored and exhibited widely, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale, MoMA, Chicago Architecture Biennial, and Miami Art Basel. Reveal, her first volume on Studio Gang’s work and process, was published in 2011. She is also the author of Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago’s Waterways, which envisions a radically greener future for the Chicago River, and Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, which accompanied Studio Gang’s 2012 solo show at the Art Institute of Chicago.