Helmut Jahn, a prominent German architect who designed an Illinois state government building and worked on the design of the FBI headquarters in Washington, was killed when two vehicles struck the bicycle he was driving at the outside of Chicago.
Jahn, 81, was struck Saturday afternoon as he drove north on a street in a village in Campton Hills, about 90 miles west of Chicago. Jahn failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection and was struck by the two vehicles, heading in opposite directions, Campton Hills Police Chief Steven Miller said in A press release.
Jahn was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Authorities say the driver of one of the vehicles that struck Jahn was taken to hospital for treatment of non-fatal injuries.
A profile posted on his company’s website, Jahn, indicates that he was born in Germany in 1940 and graduated from the Technische Hochschule in Munich. He moved to Chicago in 1966 to study under the direction of legendary architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, a designer of Modernist architecture, at the Illinois Institute of Technology.
Jahn’s professional career began in 1967 when he joined CF Murphy Associates, which would later become Murphy / Jahn. He has worked on several major projects, including Chicago’s McCormick Place and the United Airlines terminal at O’Hare International Airport, which includes a walkway famous for its colorful lighting. He was also involved in the design of the J Edgar Hoover building, the FBI headquarters in Washington, DC.
Jahn’s work internationally includes the Sony Center in Berlin and Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok, Thailand.
“Helmut has had an exceptional career both for its length and for the consistent quality of work,” Reed Kroloff, dean of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, told the Chicago Tribune on Sunday. “In his heyday, he was one of the most influential architects in the world. Not only formally, but technically. He got involved very early on with very advanced building cladding technologies. He created buildings of all kinds.
One of its most controversial buildings was the James R. Thompson Building, a glass-clad Illinois government office building in the Chicago Loop, which opened in 1985. It was put into operation. sale last week. State officials say the 17-story building is a strain on the state’s finances because it is inefficient to operate and requires hundreds of millions of dollars in repairs.
Jahn has taught at the University of Illinois Chicago, Harvard University, Yale University, and the Illinois Institute of Technology.
This story has been corrected to reflect that Campton Hills is west of Chicago.