Jeanne Gang

AGE: 47
OCCUPATION: Founder and principal, Studio Gang Architects

Her forceful ideas are bringing fresh accolades to Chicago’s skyline (Aqua) and won her a MacArthur “genius” grant last fall. True, Gang lost her bid to redo Navy Pier last November, but she’s still the star designer in a city that loves architecture.

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Photograph: Chris Walker/Chicago Tribune