Given annually by Illinois Humanities since 1984, the Public Humanities Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the civic and cultural life of the state through the humanities.
The 2017 Award Winner is Jeanne Gang. Jeanne Gang is an architect and MacArthur Fellow whose work advances the possibilities of architecture and design in the 21st century—including their ability to make a positive social and environmental impact. She is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design practice of nearly 100 people with offices in Chicago and New York.
An Illinois native, Jeanne’s international acclaim has helped to deepen her impact on Chicago, which will be felt for years to come. Her wide-ranging interests and innovative design shows the importance of architecture and design for strengthening the relationships among individuals, communities, and their broader environment.