in the Public Realm
Cocktails & Conversations

March 24, 2017 Center for Architecture, New York City

The Pairing:
Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang
Michael Kimmelman, New York Times

Cocktail designed by:
Eben Klemm, Bartender + Author

Jeanne Gang, FAIA, Studio Gang

Jeanne Gang is the founding principal of Studio Gang, an architecture and urban design practice with offices in Chicago and New York. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Chevalier de l'Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur, Jeanne is internationally renowned for a design process that foregrounds the relationships between individuals, communities, and environments. Her diverse body of work spans scales and typologies, expanding beyond architecture's conventional boundaries to pursuits ranging from the development of stronger materials to fostering stronger communities. Her approach has resulted in some of today's most compelling architecture, including Aqua Tower, the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, and Writers Theatre. She is currently designing major projects throughout the Americas and Europe, including the Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation at the American Museum of Natural History in New York; a unified campus for the California College of the Arts in San Francisco; and the new United States Embassy in Brasilia, Brazil.

A recipient of the 2013 National Design Award (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum), Jeanne was named the 2016 Architect of the Year by the Architectural Review. In 2017, she was honored with the Louis I. Kahn Memorial Award and a Fellowship from the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Widely published and acclaimed, her work has been exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Chicago Architecture Biennial, Museum of Modern Art, and Art Institute of Chicago. She is the author of Reveal, the first volume on Studio Gang's work and process, and Reverse Effect: Renewing Chicago's Waterways, which envisions a radically greener future for the Chicago River.

A distinguished alumna of the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Jeanne has taught architecture at the graduate level, most recently as the John Portman Design Critic at the Harvard GSD, where her studio explored the multivalent potential of materiality. She lectures frequently throughout the world and serves on various civic and design-focused committees and advisory groups.

Michael Kimmelman New York Times

Michael Kimmelman is the architecture critic of The New York Times. His work has often focused on urban affairs, public space, infrastructure and social equity as well as on new buildings and designs. He was the paper's chief art critic; and, based in Berlin, created the Abroad column, covering cultural and political affairs across Europe and the Middle East. In March, 2014, he was awarded the Brendan Gill Prize for his "insightful candor and continuous scrutiny of New York's architectural environment" that is "journalism at its finest."

Eben Klemm, Bartender & Author

Eben Klemm, a former research biologist, is especially interested in encouraging knowledge among bartenders concerning the basic chemical and physics principals that affect the materials they use in order to better understand the techniques they use. Klemm and his cocktails have been featured in such diverse local and national publications as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Food and Wine, Time Out New York, Popular Science, and Playboy. He has also made televised appearances include The Today Show, CBS’s Early Show and ABC 20/20. His cocktail book for beginners, The Cocktail Primer, was published in December by Andrews McNeel.


In a shaker:

2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce grapefruit juice
1/2 rosemary honey syrup
Add ice and shake 20x
Strain over fresh ice into a rocks glass and garnish with a rosemary sprig.

Rosemary honey syrup:
Simmer 5 sprigs fresh rosemary sprigs in 1/2 liter water 5 minutes. Dissolve in 1 liter honey.