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Helmut Jahn

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Helmut Jahn

Helmut Jahn, FAIA, has earned a reputation for his progressive architecture. His buildings have received numerous design awards and have been represented in architectural exhibitions around the world.

Born in Germany, Jahn graduated from the Technische Hochschule in Munich. He came to the USA for graduate studies in architecture at the IIT. He joined the firm, at the time named C. F. Murphy Associates, in 1967 and worked under Gene Summers, designing the new McCormick Place.

He is committed to design excellence and the improvement of the urban environment. He believes the continuous innovation of architecture has to do more with the elimination of the inessential, than inventing something new.

He has taught at the University of Illinois Chicago Campus, was the Elliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Design at Harvard University, the Davenport Visiting Professor of Architectural Design at Yale University, and Thesis Professor at IIT.

“Reflections of the Current”  photograph by Helmut Jahn, May 2019  This photograph illustrates Helmut’s current view from his desk; a wall filled with images and renderings of projects in design, under construction and recently completed. This wall is constantly changing with new project images and the latest design explorations.

“Reflections of the Current” photograph by Helmut Jahn, May 2019

This photograph illustrates Helmut’s current view from his desk; a wall filled with images and renderings of projects in design, under construction and recently completed. This wall is constantly changing with new project images and the latest design explorations.