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Ideas / Sustainability

Sustainability is more than a feature of our design approach — it is a commitment that defines it. At Jahn, we passionately embrace urban responsibility, innovative engineering, and optimized façade performance to elevate the overall excellence of our buildings. This vision transcends the conventional boundaries of energy conservation, encompassing the well-being and comfort of occupants in every space, inside and out.

Our approach is comprehensive, acknowledging the critical importance of every building component and system in minimizing environmental impact. While certifications like LEED and WELL mark the beginning of our journey in sustainable design, our aspirations stretch beyond these benchmarks. This relentless pursuit of optimal performance demands a deep, collaborative synergy among design professionals and clients, ensuring that our designs are not just energy-efficient, but represent a pioneering approach toward reducing carbon emissions throughout their lifecycle.

The pursuit of this outcome is what gives us purpose. It is our responsibility to make it seamless, balancing nature, sense of place, and an experience that thrills and excites.

Ideas / Exhibitions

Life + Architecture: Helmut Jahn exhibition at the Chicago Architecture Center

The exhibition, “Helmut Jahn: Life + Architecture,” showcased significant designs from Jahn’s illustrious career, including notable projects like the crystalline Michigan City Public Library and the striking James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. It also highlighted transformative designs, including the Sony Center in Berlin and the construction of the Pritzker Military Archives Center in Wisconsin, which was still ongoing at the time of the exhibition.

Debuting at the Chicago Architecture Center nearly one year after Jahn’s passing, the posthumous exhibition featured photography, models, and sketches that shed light on Jahn’s collaborative design and engineering process. Additionally, images from Jahn’s family archives, videos, and recollections from those who knew and worked with Jahn emphasized his dramatic flair and zest for life.

Process Progress/ Retrospective exhibition at Neues Museum in Nuremberg

“Helmut Jahn: Process Progress” — an international exhibition by the Neues Museum in Nuremberg and Die Neue Sammlung (the International Design Museum, Munich) — showcased the comprehensive body of work by Helmut Jahn. The exhibition focused on Jahn’s open approach to architecture, characterized by two overarching concepts: process, representing work process, and progress, signifying advancement. It presented Jahn’s dynamic portfolio, spanning from his early works in Chicago to contemporary “mega big buildings” in Qatar, China, Japan, and Korea, and also explored Jahn’s visionary projects for ideal cities in the Emirates and large-scale shopping centers in China.

Despite the scale of these projects, Jahn’s personal touch was incorporated throughout the exhibition, through drawings that were executed on small paper blocks or notebooks. The exhibition also displayed architectural models, primarily made of Plexiglas, and featured photographs of Jahn’s works captured by photographer Rainer Viertlböck.

Helmut Jahn’s return to Nuremberg after 46 years provided a comprehensive overview of Jahn’s career, showcasing both built and forthcoming projects and exploring his belief that “the future is never wrong.”

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News

Jahn joins clients, city and state officials to celebrate the beginning of construction on the James R. Thompson Center

Jahn is proud to celebrate the beginning of construction on the James R. Thompson Center. The redevelopment of this iconic building into Google’s new Chicago offices builds upon Jahn’s original vision for “a building for the future,” in which urban responsibility, technological achievement, and a commitment to sustainability are at the forefront.
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News

1000M featured in new YouTube documentary

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.
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The Architect’s Newspaper: Jahn designs expressive steel hangar with oversized trusses for Pritzker Military Archives

In 2003, Colonel Jennifer Pritzker founded the Pritzker Military Museum and Library in Chicago, Illinois. According to its website, the museum’s mission is to “increase the public’s understanding of military history, military affairs and national security by providing a forum for the study and exploration of our military.” The Museum retained the services of Jahn, the architectural practice of the late Helmut Jahn, to design an archival facility to hold the museum’s library collection.
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Scott Seyer, AIA, LEED AP, joins Jahn as a managing director

Scott Seyer, AIA, LEED AP, has joined Jahn as a managing director, returning to the firm where he started his career.
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Crain’s Chicago Business: Here’s why Helmut Jahn’s last Chicago building looks like that

With the last building that the innovative architect Helmut Jahn designed for his adopted hometown of Chicago nearing completion at 1000 S. Michigan Ave., leasing of its apartments has started and Crain’s got a first look inside.
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Awards

Pritzker Military Archives Center recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies

The Pritzker Military Archives Center was recently recognized by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Illinois with two awards: the Honor Award for Building/Technology Systems and the Judge’s Award for Building/Technology Systems.
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