New French Architecture: The Center in Paris Project

New French Architecture: The Center in Paris Project

University of Chicago


Wednesday, May 26 at 6:00 p.m.
$15 Single Lecture / $30 Three-Lecture Series
Online via Zoom · In English

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The Center in Paris Project will create a new hub for scholarship and cultural exchange in Paris’ rapidly-developing 13th arrondissement. Comprising an academic center for the University of Chicago and a mixed-use residential building, the project will bring vitality to its neighborhood with biodiverse green spaces and an architecture that weaves the block—both physically and intellectually—into the fabric of the city.


Speaker: Jeanne Gang, Founding Principal and Partner at Studio Gang

Architect Jeanne Gang, FAIA, is the founding principal and partner of Studio Gang. Her inquisitive, forward-looking approach to design—unique in its pursuit of new technical and material possibilities as well as in its expansion of the active role of designers in society—has distinguished her as a leading architect of her generation. Drawing insight from ecological systems, she creates striking places that connect people with each other, their communities, and the environment. Jeanne and Studio Gang’s design process, which emphasizes research, experimentation, and collaboration inside and outside of traditional design fields, has resulted in a diverse, award-winning body of work. Projects range from cultural centers that convene diverse audiences and public projects that connect citizens with ecology to installations that challenge material properties and high-rise towers that foster community.

Jeanne is a Professor in Practice at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, her alma mater, where her teaching and research focus on the cultural and environmental aspects of buildings’ reuse. She is the author of three books on architecture, and a monograph of the Studio’s work, Studio Gang: Architecture, will be published this spring. Her work has been exhibited widely, including at the Museum of Modern Art, the International Venice Architecture Biennale, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

A MacArthur Fellow, 2017 William A. Bernoudy Architect in Residence at the American Academy in Rome, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Jeanne has been honored with the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in Architecture and was named one of 2019’s most influential people in the world by TIME magazine. Further accolades include Architectural Review’s Architect of the Year, the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award, and the Marcus Prize for Architecture.


Chairs, New French Architecture Series: Ann Thompson, AIA and Pauline Kurtides, AIA (Sheehan)

Chairs, Symposium on the Arts of France: Myriam Bransfield and Mary Blust

Host Committee in formation

Host Committee: 

Bill Abromitis • Melissa Babcock • Anne Hill Bird • Suzette Bulley • Gabriela Cleveland • Mary Ellen Connellan • Joan Craig, AIA, LEED AP • Sandy Faurot, AIA • Susan Faurot • Lili Gaubin • Conery Hoffman • Gail Hoffman • Corbin Horn • Leslie Logsdon • Miranda Maxfield • Florent Mettetal, AICP • Donna Mondi • Janis Notz • Jim Prendergast, FAIA, IIDA • Meg Prendergast, IIDA • Cheryl Sandner • Kristina Schneider • Liz Stiffel • Noren Ungaretti • Karen Zupko


Learn more about the U of C Paris Project and register now for the lecture on May 26th! 

This lecture is presented by the Alliance Française de Chicago in partnership with Studio Gang as part of our New French Architecture Series, a companion series to the Symposium on the Arts of France.