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Jeanne Gang

Architect

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Jeanne Gang is an architect and MacArthur genius who thinks beyond solar panels and LEED certifications when it comes to green construction. Aqua Tower, her Chicago skyscraper--and the 2009 Emporis Skyscraper of the Year--uses cascading waves of concrete balconies to create a natural shading system, for example. Her other popular works include the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo and Columbia College Chicago Media Production Center.