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Over decades of practice and generations of leadership, across continents and cultures, alongside countless partners and co-creators, our practice never stopped changing. We have been at the foundation of the Chicago School, at the forefront of building technology, at head-spinning heights of the world’s most beloved skyscrapers, and at the roots of healthy communities. Our work has reshaped cities and changed minds.

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Joe & Rika Mansueto Library

Chicago, Illinois

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Pritzker Military Archives Center

Sturtevant, Wisconsin

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Ideas / Reimagining the Thompson Center

As the original architects of the James R. Thompson Center, Jahn is proud to be part of the team that is bringing the building’s design into the 21st century while maintaining its iconic form. When it opened, the Thompson Center was intended to be a new kind of gathering space for Chicagoans. After all, it’s the only building in the city where six L train lines converge — connecting Chicago’s South, West and North sides. With a new and improved CTA experience, the Thompson Center will continue to serve commuters and will be perfectly positioned to welcome current and future employees from every corner of Chicago. The Thompson Center’s signature 17-story, light-filled atrium will remain. Additionally, the covered colonnade at the base of the building will be redesigned to allow for an enhanced ground floor experience, including opportunities for more food and beverage retail and seasonal activations of the plaza.

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Rendering courtesy of Google by Pixelflakes.

Jahn joined our clients and city and state officials to celebrate the beginning of construction on the James R. Thompson Center in May. Image courtesy of Google.

Studio / Doers, darers, designers

Jahn is among the most iconic names in architecture. Founded 60 years ago, our studio has reshaped cities and changed minds with a group of professionals sharing the same passion for architecture, design, and technology. Today, we are as energized as ever, building upon a culture of collaboration alongside the most innovative teams of engineers, fabricators, and builders to create architecture of authenticity and integrity. Having trust in our creativity, and by allowing space for experimentation, we believe we can design a better world.

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News / Headlines and highlights

YouTube channel Klign, which creates mini documentaries focused on design, engineering, and construction projects, recently featured 1000M. Titled, “The New Chicago Tower that is actually AFFORDABLE,” the documentary discusses the history of the project and the design and engineering features that help it stand out in Chicago’s skyline.

Watch the documentary on YouTube

The Pritzker Military Archives Center was recently awarded Engineering News-Record Midwest’s Best Project award in the Cultural/Worship category. Designed by Jahn, the center furthers the mission of Chicago’s Pritzker Military Museum & Library through the restoration, preservation, and storage of its collection.

Read more about this project in the Wisconsin State Journal

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