Jeanne Gang scoops 2023 Charlotte Perriand Award

The 2023 Charlotte Perriand Award goes to American architect Jeanne Gang

Portrait of architect Jeanne gang next to one of her designs
Jeanne Gang and the St Regis Chicago
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The Charlotte Perriand Award, the accolade handed out annually by the Créateurs Design Awards in memory of the iconic French architect and designer, has been announced to go this year to American architect Jeanne Gang. Not only did the panel of judges recognise the Chicago-based architect for her inspirational portfolio of work – highlights of which include the ongoing American Museum of Natural History's Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation – but also for her standout project to date, the Aqua Tower, which is also ‘the tallest building in the world to be designed by a woman, at the time of its completion'. 

The honour, which was established last year to ‘honour trailblazers in architecture and design', chose for its inaugural winner the Ghanaian-British architect Sir David Adjaye. Now in its second year, the Charlotte Perriand Award will be presented to Gang during a dedicated ceremony in Paris in January 2023. During the same event, the Créateurs Design Awards’ overall competition winners will be announced too, in categories spanning architecture, interiors, and exhibition design – nominations are currently open to submissions. 

View looking up at the Aqua tower

Aqua Tower

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‘It is an honour not only to be recognised by this distinguished jury but also to help continue to celebrate the legacy of Charlotte Perriand. I have long admired not only the beauty of her work but also her social and environmental positions that were in many ways far ahead of her time,' said Gang.

She continued: ‘Charlotte Perriand represents someone who fearlessly adopted the advanced tools and techniques of her time, yet deployed them with care and intelligence, finding combinations between the materials, the tools of industry, and traditional craft. She was truly forward-thinking in her desire to use design to improve the quality of life for everyone.' 

Chicago view with Jeanne Gang designed tower in the distance

Vista Tower

(Image credit: Nick Ulivieri)


Ellie Stathaki is the Architecture & Environment Director at Wallpaper*. She trained as an architect at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in Greece and studied architectural history at the Bartlett in London. Now an established journalist, she has been a member of the Wallpaper* team since 2006, visiting buildings across the globe and interviewing leading architects such as Tadao Ando and Rem Koolhaas. Ellie has also taken part in judging panels, moderated events, curated shows and contributed in books, such as The Contemporary House (Thames & Hudson, 2018), Glenn Sestig Architecture Diary (2020) and House London (2022).