Helmut Jahn was born in Nuremburg, Germany in 1940. He completed his Diploma in Engineering and Architecture at the Technische Hochschule, Munich, in 1965 and then came to the United States to study at Chicago’s Illinois Institute of Technology. In 1967 he joined the architecture practice C.F. Murphy Associates. From 1979 to 2012 the firm was known as Murphy/Jahn, renamed JAHN in 2012. Throughout his career Jahn has primarily worked on large-scale office/commercial and civic buildings, earning numerous national AIA (American Institute of Architects) and Chicago Chapter AIA awards. Murphy/Jahn won the AIA’s architecture firm award in 2005. In 1987 Jahn was elected Fellow, AIA and was cited by the AIA as one of the “Ten Most Influential Living American Architects” in 1991.
Jahn speaks of the importance of the drawing process; his "archi-neering" approach to integrated design; current projects in the office and office organization; difficulty in hiring committed architects; the public spaces in the United Airlines Terminal and Thompson Center; the Sony Center (Berlin) competition and design development; and principles to insure a well-designed building.
University of Chicago, Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, Chicago. IL. Photograph courtesy Rainer Viertlboeck.
"The drawing actually becomes some of the expression of what goes on in my mind. It is a kind of thinking, I can’t think if I don’t draw, if I don’t have my pen in my hand and that pad. I don’t believe in words. There’s too many words in architecture, in the world, period. And then sometimes I get very upset when people talk forever but they don’t know what they are talking about because they don’t have a drawing." (p. 2)
Sony Center, Berlin, Germany. Photograph courtesy Rainer Viertlboeck.
34 min 33 sec ago The Art Institute of Chicago Mary Cassatt was the only American artist to exhibit with the original Impressionist group. This sensitive portrayal of a mother and child reflects the most advanced 19th-century ideas about raising children. Scientists and physicians of the day encouraged mothers (instead of wet nurses and nannies) to care for their children and to include regular bathing in their hygiene practices to prevent disease. #5WomenArtists
See three paintings by Mary Cassatt now on view: http://bit.ly/2nl9Z68
Image: [Now on view in Gallery 273] Mary Cassatt. The Child's Bath, 1893. Robert A. Waller Fund.
4 hours 39 min ago The Art Institute of Chicago APRIL 21—Join us for After Dark in the Modern Wing!
Check out the new exhibition Go with special tours and late-night access. And catch live performances by Monakr and Mano.
Must be 21+. Hosted by The Evening Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago.