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Helmut Jahn Biography
Who is Helmut Jahn?
Helmut Jahn (January 4, 1940 – May 8, 2021) was a German-American architect, known for designs such as the Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin, Germany; the Messeturm in Frankfurt, Germany; One Liberty Place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (formerly the tallest building in Philadelphia); and Suvarnabhumi Airport, an international airport in Bangkok, Thailand. Recent projects include a residential tower in New York City, 50 West St in 2016, and the ThyssenKrupp Test Tower in Rottweil, Germany in 2017.
Famous German architect Helmut Jahn died on Saturday after being hit by two vehicles while riding his bicycle.
Jahn was riding a bike in Campton Hills, about 60 miles west of Chicago, when he was killed, according to city police.
Police say Jahn was hit by two vehicles going in opposite directions after he failed to stop at an intersection, but details surrounding the incident remain unconfirmed.
How old is Helmut Jahn?
He was 81 years old.
Life and career
An oval, suspended and illuminated ceiling covers the 102 m of light in the central Forum of the Sony Center in Berlin.
Jahn was born in Zirndorf near Nuremberg, Germany, in 1940, and grew up watching the city rebuild, which had been largely destroyed by Allied bombing campaigns.  After attending the Technical University of Munich from 1960 to 1965, he worked with Peter C. von Seidlein for a year. In 1966, he immigrated to Chicago to continue studying architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, but dropped out of school without earning his degree.
Murphy / Jahn
Jahn joined Charles Francis Murphy’s architecture firm, CF Murphy Associates, in 1967 and was appointed executive vice president and director of planning and design for the firm in 1973. He took sole control in 1981, changing the firm’s name to Murphy / Jahn (although Murphy had retired). Murphy died in 1985.
One of the drivers left the scene unharmed and another was treated for an unspecified injury that was not life-threatening. Police did not name the other two people involved in the incident.
Jahn was famous in Chicago and around the world for his innovative, postmodern architecture.
He designed one of the most controversial buildings in Windy City, the James R. Thompson Building, used for government offices. It was recently put up for sale by the state, which said it became a financial drain.
He is also responsible for the famous colorful walkway at the United Airlines terminal at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was among the chorus of voices offering her condolences to Jahn’s family.
“Jahn was one of Chicago’s most inventive architects whose impact on the city, from the skyline to the O’Hare Tunnel, will never be forgotten,” the mayor wrote on Twitter.
Cause of Death
Jahn died on his bicycle on May 8, 2021. The collision occurred in Campton Hills, Illinois, near his home and horse farm in St. Charles, Illinois, a suburb about 40 miles west of Chicago.
“Our AIA community was hit hard over the weekend with the tragic death of one of our longtime celebrity members, Helmet Jahn,” the American Institute of Architects of Illinois chapter said on Twitter. “We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of Chicago’s true talents and for thinking of his family and friends during this difficult time.
A profile posted on the website of his company, Jahn, says that he was born in Germany in 1940 and graduated from Technische Hochschule in Munich. He moved to Chicago in 1966 to study with the legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a creator of modernist architecture, at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Jahn’s professional career began in 1967 when he joined CF Murphy Associates, which later became Murphy / Jahn. He worked on several major projects in the US in addition to the Thompson Building and the United Airlines Terminal, including Chicago’s McCormick Place and Washington D.C.’s J Edgar Hoover Building, the headquarters of the FBI.
Jahn’s work internationally includes the Sony Center in Berlin and Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.
Jahn was interested in yachting and, in the late 1990s, owned at least three yachts named Flash Gordon (one of his nicknames). In 1995, Jahn’s Flash Gordon 2 won the annual Chicago to Mackinac Race, the oldest freshwater yacht race in the world. In 1998, Jahn invited fellow Vietnam War veteran George Henry to ride with him at the Waterbury Channel Open. In 1997, Flash Gordon 3 won the Admiral’s Cup.In 2017, the Flash Gordon 6 team captured their third consecutive North American championship.