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Chicago Architect Jeanne Gang Wins MacArthur Genius Grant

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A big congrats are due to Chicago architect Jeanne Gang: she is officially one of the world's 22 notable geniuses, according to the MacArthur Foundation, which just awarded her one of its $500K fellowship grants. Best known for designing the city's 82-story Aqua Tower (the tallest building in the world designed by a woman and one with "an unusual optical poetry"), Smarty McSmartypants Gang "is setting a new industry standard through her effective synthesis of conventional materials, striking composition, and ecologically sustainable technology," according to her MacArthur bio. Head over to Co.Design for a video interview.

· Architect Jeanne Gang gets vote of confidence from MacArthur Fellowship [Chicago Tribune via Curbed Chicago]
· A Purposely Simple Chart of Influential Architects and Designers [Curbed National]
· Jeanne Gang [MacArthur Foundation]
· Architect Jeanne Gang Wins $500 MacArthur Genius Grant [Co.Design]