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Jeanne Gang Packs the House

The Brown Auditorium of the MFA,H was packed for the 2013 Sally Walsh lecture by Jeanne Gang. In collaboration with the Rice School of Architecture, the AIA Houston Chapter, and the Architecture Center Houston Foundation, Rice Design Alliance welcomed her on Tuesday, March 26. The event was followed by a private reception at the home of Karen Lantz and Andy Farkas.

This annual lecture is dedicated to the memory of distinguished Houston interior designer Sally Walsh, who is widely credited with bringing modern design to Houston. The lecture honors Walsh’s groundbreaking foray into modern design by bringing cutting edge designers to Houston. Jeanne Gang’s talk was entitled “Moving House” and covered the wide range of her firm’s design work.

Jeanne Gang at the Brown Auditorium.

Mary Beth Woiccak and Lonnie Hoogeboom.

A 2011 MacArthur Fellow, Gang is the founder and principal of Studio Gang architects, a Chicago-based firm made up of architects and designers who tackle pressing contemporary issues. Examples of the studio’s work include the construction of the Aqua Tower, an 82-story mixed-use high rise named the 2009 Emporis Skyscraper of the Year and SOS Children’s Villages Lavezzorio Community Center, a 16,800 square-foot foster care community on Chicago’s historically disenfranchised South Side.

Jeanne Gang and Sarah Whiting.

Raymond Brochstein and Jeanne Gang.

Donna Kacmar and Nonya Grenader.

Jeanne Gang, Stephen Fox, and Karen Lantz.

Troy Schaum.

Tina Waldon, Linda Sylvan, and Charles Browne.

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