Helmut Jahn: Murphy/Jahn

Helmut Jahn (born 1940)

Jahn was born in 1940 in Nuremberg. He is a German-American architect, and is the designer of many buildings around the world.
From 1960 to 1965 he studied at the Technical University of Munich, continued his architectural studies in Chicago at the Illinois Institute of Technology and left University without a degree. In 1967 he joined C. F. Murphy Associates.
The change into Murphy/Jahn was in 1981.

Important works

  • Kemper Arena, Kansas City, Missouri
  • Auraria Learning Resources Center, Auraria Higher Education Center, Denver, Colorado
  • Saint Mary's College Athletic Facility, South Bend, Indiana(pictures)
  • Xerox Center (55 West Monroe), Chicago, Illinois
  • First Source Centre, South Bend, Indiana[5]
  • 11 Diagonal Street, Johannesburg, South Africa[6]
  • O'Hare 'L' Station, O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois
  • 362 West Street, Durban, South Africa
  • Oakbrook Terrace Tower, Oakbrook Terrace, Illinois
  • Park Avenue Tower, New York, New York
  • 425 Lexington Avenue, New York, New York
  • United Airlines Terminal 1 at O'Hare International Airport, Chicago, Illinois
  • One Liberty Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Cityspire, New York, New York
  • Wilshire/Westwood, Los Angeles, California
  • Bank of America Tower, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Two Liberty Place, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Messeturm, Frankfurt, Germany
  • Hitachi Tower, Singapore[13]
  • Caltex House, Singapore
  • Hotel Kempinski, Munich, Germany
  • Kurfürstendamm 70, Berlin, Germany
  • RCID Administration Building, Orlando, Florida
  • Generale Bank Nederland, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • European Union Headquarters, Brussels
  • Munich Airport Center, Germany
  • Sony Center Berlin, Germany
  • Cologne Bonn Airport, Cologne (Köln), Germany
  • HA•LO Headquarters (presently the headquarters of Shure), Niles, Illinois
  • Neues Kranzler Eck, Berlin, Germany
  • Kaufhof Galeria, Chemnitz, Germany
  • Shanghai International Expo Centre, Shanghai, China
  • Bayer AG Konzernzentrale[14], Leverkusen, Germany
  • Deutsche Post Tower, Bonn, Germany
  • IIT Student Housing, Chicago, Illinois
  • Highlight Munich Business Towers, Munich, Germany
  • Horizon Serono, Geneva, Switzerland
  • Suvarnabhumi Airport, Bangkok, Thailand
  • 600 North Fairbanks, Chicago, IL USA
  • Thompson Center, Chicago, Illinois



  • Ten Most Influential Living American Architects,  1991
  • Outstanding Achievement/Architect Award, 1993
  • Bundesverdienstkreuz Erster Klasse,1994
  • Institute Honour Award of the American Institute of Architects for the Sony Center, 2002
  • Murphy/Jahn, Inc. recipient of the AIA Architecture Firm Award, 2002