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Helmut Jahn (born January 4, 1940) is a German-American architect, designer of dozens of major buildings throughout the world.

Some of the better known among his creations are the US$800 million Sony Centermarker on the Potsdamer Platzmarker, Berlinmarker, the Messeturmmarker in Frankfurtmarker and the One Liberty Placemarker, formerly the tallest building in Philadelphia, Pennsylvaniamarker, and Suvarnabhumi Airportmarker, an international airport in Bangkokmarker, Thailand.

Jahn was born in Nurembergmarker, Germanymarker in 1940. After attending the Technical University of Munichmarker from 1960 to 1965 he worked with Peter C. von Seidlein for a year. In 1966 he emigrated to Chicago to further study architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technologymarker, leaving school without earning his degree.

In 1967 he joined C. F. Murphy Associates as a protégé of Gene Summers and was appointed Executive Vice President and Director of Planning and Design of the firm in 1973. In 1981 the firm was renamed Murphy/Jahn, although Murphy died a few years later in 1985, leaving Jahn in control. Despite a rocky start when the roof of his first major project Kemper Arenamarker in Kansas City, Missourimarker collapsed in 1979, Jahn established his pre-eminent reputation in 1985 with the State of Illinois Centermarker in Chicago which prompted him to be dubbed "Flash Gordon."[53182].

Though maintaining his office in Chicago under the Murphy/Jahn moniker, Jahn has grown the business into a global architectural practice that consistently ranks among top 20 United States architectural firms in terms of gross annual billings.

Completed projects

Following is a partial list of completed projects[53183] and supplemented by the official Murphy/Jahn website[53184] and the Emporis list [53185]:

Awards



Criticisms

His design of State Street Village at the Illinois Institute of Technologymarker was met with mixed criticism of delight and disappointment. Some of the criticism from residents included the materials used for flooring, size of the rooms, lack of adequate cooling, and exorbitant rates for student housing. Flaws in Jahn's design were blamed for construction going over budget and led to the high rates. Some even question his own view of SSV.

Image:Frankfurt am Main Messeturm.jpg|Messeturmmarker Fair trade tower, FrankfurtmarkerImage:Posttower Bonn 001.jpg|The Posttower, Bonnmarker

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