10/10/2012 01:55 pm ET

Time-Lapse Of Art Institute's New Installation 'Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects' (VIDEO)

The office of Chicago-based Studio Gang Architects recently made its debut at The Art Institute of Chicago--but not as designers--as the exhibition.

The office environment of Studio Gang Architects, best known for "Aqua," the undulating residential skyscraper at 225 N Columbus Dr, is at the center of the new exhibition. The AIC describes the exhibit as both "innovative" and "laboratory"-like:

This innovative presentation of the work of Studio Gang Architects (SGA) allows visitors to see how buildings and projects are created, what issues they resolve, and how solutions are shaped. Rightly recognized for such landmark buildings as Chicago’s Aqua Tower, SGA is as much a laboratory for ideas and problem-solving as it is an architectural firm. Building brings visitors into that laboratory by examining SGA’s built and unbuilt works in an engaging studio-like space.

"Building: Inside Studio Gang Architects" is the first time the AIC has hosted a solo show for a living architect in six years, and according to the AIC, is also "the first in the world devoted to the Chicago-based group headed by MacArthur Fellow Jeanne Gang."

Gang, 48, was awarded a $500,000 MacArthur "Genius Grant" in 2011.