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Name  Helmut Jahn

Role  Architect
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Spouse  Deborah Ann Lampe (m. 1970)
Books  Murphy/Jahn: Selected and Current Works
Education  Technische Universitat Munchen, Illinois Institute of Technology
People also search for  James R. Thompson, Richard Murphy, R. Crosby Kemper
Structures  James R Thompson Center, MesseTurm, Cosmopolitan Twarda 2/4, Post Tower, 50 West Street

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Helmut Jahn (born January 4, 1940) is a German-American architect, well known for designs such as the Sony Center on the Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany, the Messeturm in Frankfurt, Germany, the One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (formerly the tallest building in Philadelphia), and the Suvarnabhumi Airport, an international airport in Bangkok, Thailand.


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Life and career

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Jahn was born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1940, and grew up watching the reconstruction of the city, which had been largely destroyed by Allied bombing campaigns. After attending the Technical University of Munich from 1960 to 1965, he worked with Peter C. von Seidlein for a year. In 1966, he emigrated to Chicago to further study architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, leaving school without earning his degree.

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In 1967, he joined C. F. Murphy Associates as a protégé of Gene Summers and was appointed Executive Vice President and Director of Planning and Design of the firm in 1973. Taking sole control from 1981, the firm was renamed Murphy/Jahn, although the aged Murphy had retired (dying a few years later, in 1985).

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Generally inspired by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, yet opposed to the doctrinal application of modernism by his followers, in 1978, Jahn became the eighth member of the Chicago Seven. Despite a rocky start when the roof of his first major project Kemper Arena in Kansas City, Missouri collapsed in 1979, Jahn established his pre-eminent reputation in 1985 with the State of Illinois Center in Chicago which prompted him to be dubbed "Flash Gordon.".

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Jahn has grown the business into a global architectural practice that consistently ranks among top 20 United States architectural firms in terms of gross annual billings. In addition to the main seat in Chicago, the company has offices in Berlin and Shanghai.

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On October 26, 2012, Helmut Jahn renamed Murphy/Jahn to simply JAHN and announced that he will share design leadership at the firm with architect Francisco Gonzalez Pulido, a partner and president of JAHN.

Completed projects

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Following is a partial list of completed projects [2] [3] [4]:

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  • 1974 Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1976 Kansas City Convention Center, also known as H. Roe Bartle Exhibition Hall, Kansas City, Missouri
  • 1976 Auraria Learning Resources Center, Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver, Colorado
  • 1976 John Marshall Courts Building, Richmond, Virginia
  • 1977 Michigan City Public Library, Michigan City, Indiana ([5])
  • 1977 Saint Mary's College Athletic Facility, Notre Dame, Indiana (pictures)
  • 1978 W.W. Grainger Headquarters, Skokie, Illinois
  • 1978 Rust-Oleum Corporation International Headquarters, Skokie, Illinois
  • 1978 La Lumiere Gymnasium, La Porte, Indiana
  • 1979 Imperial Bank Tower Costa Mesa, California
  • 1980 Horizon Bank (515 5th Street Bank) Michigan City, Indiana
  • 1980 Xerox Centre, (55 West Monroe St) Chicago
  • 1981 United States Post Office, Oak Brook, Illinois
  • 1981 De La Garza Career Center, East Chicago, Indiana
  • 1981 Commonwealth Edison Company District Headquarters, Bolingbrook, Illinois
  • 1982 Argonne Program Support Facility, Argonne National Laboratory, Illinois
  • 1982 Eagle River Vacation House (The Jahn House) Eagle River, Illinois
  • 1982 Area 2 Police Headquarters, Chicago
  • 1982 Chicago Board of Trade Addition Chicago
  • 1982 One South Wacker Chicago
  • 1983 Agricultural Engineering Sciences Building Addition University of Illinois, Champaign, Illinois
  • 1983 Learning Resources Center, College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois
  • 1983 First Source Centre, South Bend, Indiana [6]
  • 1983 11 Diagonal Street, Johannesburg, South Africa [7]
  • 1984 Plaza East Office Towers, Milwaukee
  • 1984 Shand Morgan Corporate Headquarters, Evanston, Illinois
  • 1984 701 Building (Craig-Hallom Building), Minneapolis
  • 1984 O'Hare 'L' Station, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago
  • 1985 James R. Thompson Center, Chicago
  • 1985 362 West Street, Durban, South Africa
  • 1986 Parktown Stands 102, 103, 85, 879, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • 1986 MetroWest Office Building (2 Energy Center), Naperville, Illinois[8]
  • 1986 Oakbrook Terrace Tower, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois[9]
  • 1987 Park Avenue Tower, New York City [10]
  • 1987 425 Lexington Avenue, New York City [11]
  • 1987 United Airlines Terminal 1 at O'Hare International Airport, Chicago
  • 1987 Citicorp Center (500 W Madison Street), Chicago
  • 1987 America Apartments - 300 East 85th Street, New York, NY [12]
  • 1987 One Liberty Place, Philadelphia
  • 1987 Cityspire, New York City [13]
  • 1987 Citigroup Center, Chicago
  • 1988 Wilshire/Westwood, Los Angeles
  • 1989 Trade Hall 1 (Halle 1), Frankfurt, Germany
  • 1990 Bank of America Tower, Jacksonville, Florida [14]
  • 1990 Two Liberty Place, Philadelphia [15]
  • 1991 One America Plaza, San Diego [16]
  • 1991 Messeturm, Frankfurt, Germany [17]
  • 1992 120 North LaSalle, Chicago, Illinois [18]
  • 1993 Hitachi Tower, Singapore [19]
  • 1993 Caltex House, Singapore
  • 1994 Hotel Kempinski, Munich, Germany
  • 1994 Kurfürstendamm 70, Berlin, Germany
  • 1996 Fortis Bank Tower (Blaak 555), Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1996 Principal Financial Group Corporate Four Building, Des Moines, Iowa [20]
  • 1997 RCID Administration Building, Buena Vista, Florida
  • 1998 Generale Bank Nederland, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • 1999 European Union Charlemagne building, Brussels, Belgium
  • 1999 Munich Airport Center, Germany
  • 2000 Sony Center Berlin, Germany
  • 2000 Cologne Bonn Airport, Cologne, Germany
  • 2000 HA·LO Headquarters (presently the headquarters of Shure), Niles, Illinois
  • 2000 Imperial Bank Tower Renovation, Costa Mesa, California
  • 2001 Neues Kranzler Eck, Berlin, Germany
  • 2002 Kaufhof Galeria, Chemnitz, Germany
  • 2002 Shanghai International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China
  • 2002 Bayer AG Konzernzentrale
  • 2003 Deutsche Post Tower, Bonn, Germany
  • 2003 IIT Student Housing, Chicago
  • 2003 Highlight Munich Business Towers, Munich, Germany
  • 2004 Mannheimer Corporate Headquarters, Mannheim, Germany
  • 2004 Merck Serono Headquarters (Horizon Serono), Geneva, Switzerland
  • 2005 Focus Media Center (Deutsche-Med-Platz), Rostock, Germany
  • 2006 Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 2006 Seminaris Campus Hotel, Berlin, Germany
  • 2007 Margot and Harold Schiff Residences, Chicago
  • 2007 600 North Fairbanks, Chicago, USA
  • 2008 Hegau Tower, Singen, Germany
  • 2009 South Campus Chiller Plant, University of Chicago Chicago [21]
  • 2009 1999 K Street, Washington, D.C. [22]
  • 2010 Hafen Tower (Sign Tower), Speditionstrasse 1-3 Düsseldorf, Germany [23]
  • 2010 Veer Towers, Paradise, Nevada USA
  • 2010 Weser Tower, Bremen, Germany [24]
  • 2011 Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, Chicago, USA [25]
  • 2012 Leatop Plaza, Guangzhou, China
  • 2014 Cosmopolitan Twarda 2/4, Warsaw, Poland
  • 2015 50 West Street, New York City, USA
  • Awards

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  • 1991 - "Ten Most Influential Living American Architects" from the American Institute of Architects.
  • 1993 - "Outstanding Achievement/Architect Award" from the American Academy of Art, Chicago.
  • 1994 - "Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse" of the Federal Republic of Germany.
  • 2002 - Institute Honour Award of the American Institute of Architects for the Sony Center.
  • 2005 - Murphy/Jahn, Inc. recipient of the AIA Architecture Firm Award.
  • Yachting

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    Jahn has an interest in yachting, and in the late 1990s owned at least three yachts named Flash Gordon (one of his nicknames). In 1995, Jahn's Flash Gordon 2 won the annual Chicago to Mackinac Race, the oldest freshwater yacht race in the world. In 1997, Flash Gordon 3 won the Admiral's Cup.


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