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So for the moment here's some news updates on local firms . . .
Last fall, nearly three decades after his former partner Charles B. Murphy's death, Helmut Jahn finally renamed his firm from Murphy/Jahn to simply Jahn, joining the ranks of uni-named superstars like Cher, Beyonce, and Gallagher. Jahn also began setting up a line of succession by making Francisco Gonzalez-Pulido firm President, and, in a cost-cutting move, removed the crossbar from the letter "A".
re-alignment at Goettsch Partners, which has its offices behind those beautiful round windows at the top of the
Meanwhile, over at the NBC Tower, a new firm, smdp LLC, has set up shop, rising from the ashes of the recently defuncted DeStefano partners.
Founded by Scott Sarver, AIA, and Dae-Hong Minn, former principals of DeStefano Partners, and RATIO Architects, Inc., smdp provides design services in all areas of the built environment, including architecture, urban design and planning, landscape architecture, interior design, historic preservation and graphic design.
In addition to winning a competition for a 60-story tower in Beijing, the firm is working with Fifield Cos. (oh-oh) on a West Loop master plan that revives proposals to deck over the Kennedy from Washington to Adams for new development and an 8 to 12 acre park.