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Helmut Jahn, 1940-2021

01/06/2021


The German Helmut Jahn died on 9 May in a cycling accident near his home in St. Charles, a suburb of his adopted Chicago. Having attended the Technical University of Munich, Jahn moved to the midwestern city in 1966 for further studies at the Illinois Institute of Technology under Mies, but left without graduating to join Charles Murphy, whose practice he took sole control of in 1981, renaming it Murphy/Jahn. In 2012, it was rebranded as simply JAHN. A career of half a century has left a trail of playful postmodern buildings that capture his overwhelming personality and archistar vigor, such as the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago, which houses Illinois state government offices, the Sony Center in Berlin, or Suvarnabhumi International Airport in Bangkok. 


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