Design Team


Studio Gang,


Studio Gang is an award-winning design practice based in Chicago and New York. A creative, cross-disciplinary team, the Studio operates as a laboratory—testing ideas and materials and developing new models at various scales. Embedded in this process is the conscious, ongoing effort to improve our communities and our environment. Each project aims to resonate with its locality while addressing global themes like urbanization, climate, and social justice. 

Studio Gang's past projects include the Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park and the Aqua Tower in Chicago as well as the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership in Kalamazoo, MI.


Jeanne Gang, Founder and Design Principal 

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“Designing spaces that facilitate interaction between science, education, and exhibition experiences will make possible the learning the new Gilder Center aspires to generate.”

Jeanne Gang


Architect Jeanne Gang, FAIA, is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design practice with offices in Chicago and New York. A MacArthur Fellow and National Design Award winner, she is recognized for her innovative work across scales and building types that foregrounds the relationships between individuals, communities, and environments. Her research-driven and interdisciplinary approach has produced award-winning projects that range from cultural and public buildings, to urban parks, to high-rise towers.

An alumna of the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Gang has most recently taught at Columbia, Rice, and Harvard universities, where her studios have reimagined urban police stations, aquariums, and ecological infrastructure for the twenty-first century. Named the 2016 Architect of the Year by the Architectural Review, her work with Studio Gang has been honored and exhibited widely, including at the Venice Architecture Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art, Chicago Architecture Biennial, and Miami Art Basel. She is the author of three books: Reveal, a monograph published by Princeton Architectural Press; Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago’s Waterways, which envisions a radically greener future for the Chicago River; and Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects, an exhibition catalogue that accompanied Studio Gang’s 2012 solo show at the Art Institute of Chicago.


Weston Walker, Design Principal 

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Architect Weston Walker is Design Principal in Charge of Studio Gang’s New York office, where he leads a talented team of architects and a diverse portfolio of projects. His work spans many different types and scales, including cultural institutions, universities, civic buildings, and towers. In New York City, these include 40 Tenth Ave, a “solar carved” tower shaped to benefit the High Line, and a new firehouse and training facility in Brooklyn for FDNY’s elite Rescue Company 2.

With Studio Gang for nearly a decade, Walker is an expert in the design of sustainable public spaces and complex mixed-use developments, and has been a key contributor to many of the studio’s most awarded works. He is a graduate of the Yale School of Architecture, where he was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Medal. Today he serves as a guest design critic at schools nationwide and is a member of the American Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the Urban Design Forum of New York.



Ralph Appelbaum Associates,

Exhibit Design

Ralph Appelbaum is the founder and president of Ralph Appelbaum Associates (RAA), a multinational firm specializing in the planning and design of museums and related cultural attractions. Founded in 1978, RAA's portfolio includes approximately 700 completed commissions in 50 countries. Headquartered in New York, the firm has offices in London, Moscow, Berlin, Beijing, and Dubai. RAA staff includes designers, architects, historians, educators, media specialists, technologists, and researchers. 

The firm’s projects have won every major international award for design and communication, including the National Design Award (USA) and the Art Prize (UK), in addition to 300 more commendations. RAA recently completed the new National Museum of African American History and Culture, in Washington, D.C. Notable past projects also include the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space—including the Gottesman Hall of Planet Earth, Cullman Hall of the Universe, and Heilbrunn Cosmic Pathway—as well as the Hall of Biodiversity and the fourth-floor Fossil Halls; U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Newseum, and the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, all in Washington, D.C.; the National Constitution Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri; the William Jefferson Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas; and the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


Ralph Appelbaum, Founder and President

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“This will be the place where young people especially will discover their passion for science, engage with new communities through integrated social media, and find their futures—it’s a vision of the Museum of the 21st century made real.”

Ralph Appelbaum



Reed Hilderbrand,

Landscape Architecture

Based in Cambridge, Reed Hilderbrand is the acclaimed practice founded by Douglas Reed and Gary Hilderbrand and includes more than 50 landscape architects and designers working on projects across the U.S. and Europe. Reed Hilderbrand’s work connects daily life to the visible phenomena and the invisible systems of nature in pursuit of beauty and clarity as well as ecological health and resilience. The firm was named the 2013 Firm of the Year by the American Society of Landscape Architects and has received significant national recognition, garnering more than 70 industry and preservation awards.

Notable past projects include the Clark Art Institute campus, Williamstown, MA; the Long Dock Park, Beacon, NY; Duke University West Campus, Durham, NC; and the Arnold Arboretum’s Leventritt Garden, Boston, MA.


Douglas Reed, Partner 

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Landscape architect Douglas Reed is recognized for his design leadership and advocacy of culturally significant landscapes. Reed garnered broad critical acclaim two decades ago for the innovative Institute for Child and Adolescent Development, a project that received the President’s Award of Excellence from the American Society of Landscape Architects. A committed urbanist, Reed sees the designed landscape as essential to creating a balanced harmony in cities.

Reed is a fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects. In 2011 he was recognized as a Resident of the American Academy in Rome. He lectures widely and participates as a critic on reviews for design schools nationwide. Reed is a founding board member of The Cultural Landscape Foundation, an influential non-profit dedicated to supporting and safeguarding the nation’s cultural land resources and designed landscapes.


John Grove, Principal

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John Grove is a Principal of Reed Hilderbrand and has led many of the firm’s most technically challenging and sophisticated projects, including Beck House, Harvard’s Naito-Bauer Life Sciences Precinct, and MIT North Court and Main Street. Joining the practice in 1999, John’s approach unites a painter’s eye with a builder’s passion for craft.

Current projects under John’s leadership include the Corning Museum of Glass Addition, Corning, NY; the Menokin Foundation campus, Warsaw, VA; and renewal master plan for The Breakers, Newport, RI. Grove earned Bachelor of Arts and Master of Landscape Architecture degrees from the University of Virginia.


Joseph James, Senior Associate

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Landscape architect Joseph James has managed the creation of Repentance Park and City Hall Plaza in Baton Rouge, LA, and the renovation of the Blue Garden in Newport, RI. He currently serves as project landscape architect for the Houston Arboretum Climate Adaptation Master Plan. James is an adjunct professor for the Rhode Island School of Design’s landscape architecture program.

James earned a Master of Landscape Architecture degree at the Rhode Island School of Design and holds a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture degree from Michigan State University.