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JAHN, HELMUT
JAHN, HELMUT
ILLINOIS
(b. January 4, 1940) is an architect, designer of dozens of major buildings throughout the world.

Despite starting off with 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."

Some of the better known among his creations are the US$800 Million Sony Center on the Potsdamer Platz, Berlin and the One Liberty Place, the tallest building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jahn was born in Nuremberg, Germany in 1940. After attending the Technische Hochschule 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. There he studied under the curriculum that had been designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, learning the language and techniques of International Style modernism.

In 1967 he joined C. F. Murphy Associates and was appointed Executive Vice President and Director of Planning and Design of the firm in 1973. In 1981 the firm was renamed Murphy/Jahn, although Murphy died a few years later in 1985, leaving Jahn in control.

1940
Born January 4, 1940 in Nürnberg, Germany

1965
Graduated from Technische Hochschule, Munich, Germany

1965 - 1966
Worked with P.C. von Seidlein, Munich, Germany

1966 - 1967
Graduate studies at Illinois Institute of Technology

1967 - 1973
Assistant to Gene Summers, C.F. Murphy Associates

1973
Executive Vice President and Director of Planning and Design, C.F. Murphy Associates

1975
Registered Architect NCARB; registrations in several states of the United States, and Member of German Chamber of Architects, State of Hessen

1979
Owens-Corning Fiberglas Energy Conservation Award - Argonne Program Support Facility

1981
Principal, Murphy/Jahn
University of Illinois Circle Campus, Chicago Illinois, Visiting Professor at Design Studio
Harvard University, Elliot Noyes Professor of Architectural Design

1982
President, Murphy/Jahn

1983
President and CEO, Murphy/Jahn
Yale University, Davenport Visiting Professor of Architectural Design

1987
Fellow American Institute of Architects

1989 - 1993
Illinois Institute of Technology, Thesis Professor

1991
Ten Most Influential Living American Architects - American Institute of Architects

1993
Outstanding Achievement/Architect Award from the Illinois Academy of Fine Arts

1994
"Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse" of the Federal Republic of Germany


Major Completed Projects
1974
Kemper Arena,
Kansas City, Missouri

1980
Xerox Centre, Chicago, Illinois

1981
Argonne Program Support Facility, Argonne, Illinois

1983
11 Diagonal Street, Johannesburg, South Africa

1985
James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, Illinois

1986
362 West Street, Durban, South Africa
Park Avenue Tower, New York, New York

1987
United Airlines Terminal One Complex,
O’Hare Airport, Chicago, Illinois
One Liberty Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Northwestern Atrium Center, Chicago, Illinois

1988
Wilshire/Westwood, Los Angeles, California

1990
Bartnett Center, Jacksonville, Florida

1991
Messeturm, Frankfurt, Germany

1992
120 North LaSalle, Chicago, Illinois
One America Plaza, San Diego, California
Mannheimer Lebensversicherung, Mannheim, Germany
Hyatt Regency Roissy, Paris, France

1993
Munich Order Center, Munich, Germany
Hitachi Tower, Singapore
Caltex House, Singapore

1994
Hotel Kempinski, Munich, Germany
Pallas, Stuttgart, Germany
Kurfürstendamm 70, Berlin, Germany

1996
Principal Mutual Life Insurance Company, Des Moines, Iowa

1997
RCID Administration Building, Orlando, Florida

1998
JC Decaux Bus Shelter
New European Union Headquarters, Belgium, Brussels

1999
Munich Airport Center, Munich, Germany