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Helmut Jahn-Lifetime Achievement-L S. Beedle award of CTBUH

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Helmut Jahn-Lifetime Achievement-Lynn S. Beedle award of CTBUH

Helmut Jahn, Murphy/Jahn, Chicago, USA
“Helmut Jahn has created an impressive body of work that epitomizes the integration of structure, sustainability and architecture. He is certainly deserving of the Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award.”
                                                                                                               – William Baker, CTBUH Board of Trustees, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Helmut Jahn (born January 4, 1940) is a German-American architect, well known for designs such as the US$800 million Sony Center on the Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, the Messeturm in Frankfurt and the One Liberty Place, formerly the tallest building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Suvarnabhumi Airport, an international airport in Bangkok, Thailand.

Jahn was born in Nuremberg, Germany, in 1940. 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.

An illuminated, suspended, oval roof covers the 102 m span of the central Forum of the Sony Center, Berlin
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 and died a few years later in 1985.

O'Hare Airport - interior view of the connecting tunnel between Concourses B & C of Terminal 1, with Michael Hayden's neon installation Sky's the Limit (1987)
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.".

Messeturm (Fair Tower), Frankfurt

The Post Tower (Postal Tower), Bonn
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.

On October 26th, 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.


    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, Illinois.
    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.

Completed projects
Never predictable, never simplistic, Helmut Jahn has developed a complex portfolio of iconic buildings around the world. Standout projects include the Sony Center in Berlin, Xerox Center in Chicago, Liberty Place in Philadelphia and the new MGM Veer Towers in Las Vegas. Once defined as a modernist, he broke away from rigid labels to create his own blends of efficient structures, paving the way for a new era of sustainable buildings.

Following is a partial list of completed projects:

    1974 Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri
    1976 Auraria Learning Resources Center, Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver, Colorado
    1977 Michigan City Public Library, Michigan City, Indiana
    1977 Saint Mary's College Athletic Facility, Notre Dame, Indiana (pictures)
    1980 Citigroup Center (55 West Monroe), Chicago, Illinois
    1983 First Source Centre, South Bend, Indiana
    1983 11 Diagonal Street, Johannesburg, South Africa
    1984 701 Building (Craig-Hallom Building), Minneapolis, Minnesota
    1984 O'Hare 'L' Station, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois
    1985 James R. Thompson Center, Chicago, Illinois
    1986 362 West Street, Durban, South Africa
    1986 Oakbrook Terrace Tower, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
    1987 Park Avenue Tower, New York, New York
    1987 425 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York
    1987 United Airlines Terminal 1 at O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois
    1987 America Apartments - 300 East 85th Street, New York, NY

One Liberty Place, Philadelphia, USA 1987
    1987 One Liberty Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    1987 Cityspire, New York, New York
    1988 Wilshire/Westwood, Los Angeles, California
    1990 Bank of America Tower, Jacksonville, Florida
    1990 Two Liberty Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania [14]
    1991 Messeturm, Frankfurt, Germany
    1993 Hitachi Tower, Singapore
    1993 Caltex House, Singapore
    1994 Hotel Kempinski, Munich, Germany
    1994 Kurfürstendamm 70, Berlin, Germany
    1997 RCID Administration Building, Orlando, Florida
    1998 Generale Bank Nederland, Rotterdam, Netherlands
    1999 European Union Headquarters, 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 Neues Kranzler Eck, Berlin, Germany
    2002 Kaufhof Galeria, Chemnitz, Germany
    2002 Shanghai International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China
    2002 Bayer AG Konzernzentrale, Leverkusen, Germany
    2003 Deutsche Post Tower, Bonn, Germany
    2003 IIT Student Housing, Chicago, Illinois
    2003 Highlight Munich Business Towers, Munich, Germany
    2004 Horizon Serono, Geneva, Switzerland
    2006 Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand
    2007 600 North Fairbanks, Chicago, IL U.S.A.

    2010 Veer Towers, Las Vegas, NV U.S.A.
    2011 Joe and Rika Mansueto Library, Chicago, IL, U.S.A.
    2012 Leatop Plaza, Guangzhou, China

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