Helmut Jahn killed in bicycle accident
Published on May 9th, 2021
Helmut Jahn, 2012 Farr 40 World Champion and world renowned architect, was killed when two vehicles struck the bicycle he was riding outside Chicago on May 8, 2021.
Jahn, 81, failed to stop at a stop sign at an intersection and was struck by the two vehicles, headed in opposite directions. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident. Authorities say the driver of one of the vehicles that struck Jahn was taken to a hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Having competed with his Flash Gordon team in the Farr 40 class since 1999, Jahn was also the 2015 and 2017 Farr 40 North American Champion.
Born in Germany in 1940 and graduated from Technische Hochschule in Munich, he moved to Chicago in 1966 to study under 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, including Chicago’s McCormick Place, United Airlines terminal at O’Hare International Airport, and the J Edgar Hoover Building, the FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.
“Helmut had an exceptional career both for its length and for the consistent quality of the work,” said Reed Kroloff, dean of the Illinois Institute of Technology’s College of Architecture. “At his height, he was one of the most influential architects in the world.”
Jahn taught at the University of Illinois Chicago, Harvard University, Yale University and the Illinois Institute of Technology.