Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 7 - 9pm

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Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Zoo Park. Photo credit: Steve Hall Northerly Island Architects, Ltd. Photo credit: Studio Gang Architects Bengt Sjostrom Starlight Theatre. Photo credit: Greg Murphy
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Zoo Park. Photo credit: Steve Hall


Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Architects

The 4th Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment, an annual invited lecture by an international figure whose work has significant implications for understanding and re-conceiving the relationship between architecture and the environment, will be delivered by Jeanne Gang of Studio Gang Architects.

Jeanne Gang is the founder and principal of Studio Gang Architects, a rising international practice based in Chicago since 1997. Recent projects include the highly acclaimed Aqua Tower, which was named the Emporis Skyscraper of the Year in 2009; the Northerly Island framework plan; the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo; and Columbia College Chicago’s Media Production Center.  Gang was just named a 2011 MacArthur Fellow (the so-called “Genius Award”) for “challenging the aesthetic and technical possibilities of the art form in a wide range of structures.”

Studio Gang conceives of itself as a collective space for architects, designers, and thinkers, which “acts as a lab for testing ideas on varying scales: from cities to environments to individual buildings’ unique material properties.”

The firm’s work has been published and exhibited both nationally and internationally, most notably at the International Venice Biennale, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Building Museum, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

The annual Franzen Lecture on Architecture and the Environment was created in honor of long-time League trustee Ulrich Franzen. The Franzen Lecture on Archiecture and the Environment is made possible by contributions from the Riggio Foundation, Juliana Terian Gilbert, and Elise Jaffe + Jeffrey Brown.

Co-sponsored by the Architecture League of New York

Admission is free for League members and The Cooper Union students/faculty/staff, and $15 for non-members.

Located in The Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.