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Bicycling Accident Claims Architect Helmut Jahn, 81

World-renowned architect Helmut Jahn, who made his mark both in Chicago and globally, was killed in a bicycling accident Saturday afternoon in the city’s western suburbs, the Chicago Tribune reported. Jahn was 81.

Among Jahn’s highest-profile early accomplishments in Chicago was the James R. Thompson Center, a 1.2-million-square-foot office building that the architect said made his reputation internationally and killed it in Chicago. He went onto other successes locally, though, including the Xerox Centre downtown and the United Airlines Terminal at O’Hare International Airport.

Jahn was also behind the Sony Center in Berlin, One Liberty Place in Philadelphia and the Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.

Mayor Lori Lightfoot tweeted, “Jahn was one of the most inventive Chicago architects whose impact on the city – from the skyline to the O’Hare tunnel – will never be forgotten. His architectural footprint will be felt & seen across the globe for generations to come.”


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