Helmut Jahn

JAHN, CEO | Chicago, United States


Helmut Jahn, FAIA, has earned a reputation for his progressive architecture. His buildings have received design awards and have been represented in architectural exhibitions internationally.

Born in Germany, Jahn graduated from the Technische Hochschule in Munich. He came to the USA for graduate studies in architecture at IIT. He joined the firm, at the time named C. F. Murphy Associates, in 1967 and worked under Gene Summers, designing the new McCormick Place.

He is committed to design excellence and improving urban environment. He believes the continuous innovation of architecture has to do with the elimination of the inessential.


Lynn S. Beedle Lifetime Achievement Award (2012)

Annual Conference, Presenter (London 2013)

Innovation Conference, Speaker (Chicago 2018)

Awards Symposium, Speaker (2014)


30 May 2018


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Clean Lines, Core Principles, and Forward-Looking Innovation

Simplicity of form and selective use of materials emphasizes the fundamental design idea behind Hegau Tower – to formulate a clear statement of Modernism. The...


06 November 2014


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2014 Awards - Session 2 Q&A

Thursday, 6th November 2014 Chicago, USA. Helmut Jahn, CEO, JAHN, Tomohiko Yamanashi, Design Principal, Nikken Sekkei, Dakki Hui, Senior Property & Facility Manager, Kai Shing...


28 April 2017


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Debating Tall: Replace the Thomson Center?

Helmut Jahn, JAHN; Mir Ali, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Chicago’s drum-shaped, 17-story James R. Thompson Center, with its soaring atrium and extensive glazing, has been criticized for poor temperature control and spatial inefficiency, and...