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Architectural team for Lucas museum includes woman behind Aqua Tower

Studio Gang firm headed by Jeanne Gang is best known for AquTower shown behind her. Now they will be part

Studio Gang, the firm headed by Jeanne Gang, is best known for the Aqua Tower, shown behind her. Now they will be part of the design team for the new museum funded by George Lucas. | Photo courtesy the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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Updated: August 30, 2014 6:10AM



One is known for a pair of sleek, curvy Canadian skyscrapers nicknamed after an American sex symbol.

The other is one of Chicago’s own architectural stars, known for her wavy 82-story Aqua Tower on the Near East Side.

So when he learned that Beijing-based Ma Yansong and Chicago’s Jeanne Gang would team up to design George Lucas’ new interactive lakefront museum, Dirk Denison had one thought:

These are the “Star Wars” creator’s architects.

“When you look back to the films that he’s made and his contributions to art culture, he was always very, very forward thinking architecturally,” said Denison, a professor at IIT College of Architecture and founder of Dirk Denison Architects.

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