The architect that I would like to write about is Jeanne Gang. She is a graduate of Harvard Graduate School of Design and is a MacArthur Fellow, which is a very famous award for great people in the academics and sciences. She is one of the first woman architects to build one of the highest buildings in the world. For example she has build the Aqua Tower.
The Aqua Tower is 82 stories tall. It is a building that places in mind sustainability, through (1) energy efficient solar panels, (2) rain collecting gadgets, and (3) is LEED certified.
It also has a green roof and is LEED certified, meaning it has been passed by the law. It is called an Aqua Tower because of its wave-like structure which draws inspiration from the Michigan Lake. It is also surrounded by high rise buildings and is the first downtown building to combine type of room like condo apartment and hotel.
She has built the Social Justice Leadership Arcus Center at Kalamazoo Center, which is famous for producing the most volunteers to Peace Corp per capital which promotes social justice and has build the Eleanor Boathouse at Park 571.
She is also an award nominee from the Royal Architecture Institute of Canada, has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Design Award for Architectural Design by the Smithsonian.
From being elected to the National Academy of Design, she is also a New Generation Leader and John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow.
She has also won an award for “Cultural Hero” from Time Out.
She is married to Mark Schendel in 1998.
Personally, I have read that she is famous for her design philosophy in studying the relationship between the environment, communities, and individuals.
The nature friendliness and green factor of her buildings is a proof that she studies the environment when she designs buildings. For her work, she is a Chevalier de l’Ordre National de La Legion d’honneur.
She is known for her use of strength in material fostering more clean and sustainable environments. Her philosophy behind her design towards sustainability is also an important key factor that demonstrates her personality. In her book, Reverse Effect is generally written about a vision towards a radically green future for the Chicago River, which is a cleaner water system for the state. I am further interested in this design philosophy and will search forward for how her architecture is built more technically.