Simon Ungers

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"Forum" - in front of the church St. Peter (Cologne)

Simon Ungers (May 8, 1957[1] – March 6, 2006[2]) was a German architect and artist.

Simon Ungers was born in 1957 in Cologne, the son of the architect Oswald Mathias Ungers and Liselotte Gable.[citation needed] In 1969, his family moved to the United States.[2] From 1975 to 1980, he studied architecture at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.[3]

Ungers worked in New York and Cologne. After several competition successes, Ungers became famous for his steel sculptures and light installations.[citation needed] He gained attention together with Tom Kinslow for the construction of T-House, a home made of Cor-ten in Wilton, New York.[2] He also designed the Cube House in Ithaca, New York.[3]

In 1995, he was one of two first-prize winners in a competition to design the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, but in a tie-breaker vote his design was not selected. Later neither of the two winning designs was chosen, but a new competition was held.

Ungers taught at Harvard University, Syracuse University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute,[2] Cornell University and University of Maryland, College Park.

Ungers committed suicide in Hürth, Germany on March 6, 2006 after a long-term battle with mental illness.[citation needed] He was 48 years old.[2] He is survived by his wife, Janet O'Hair.[4]


  1. ^ Biographie. Retrieved 2011-11-11.
  2. ^ a b c d e Tony Illia, Architect Simon Ungers Dies, Architectural Record, 30 March 2006. Retrieved 2011-01-02.
  3. ^ a b Gering & Lopez Gallery website, Estate of Simon Ungers: selected works. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
  4. ^ "Künstler und Architekt Zum Tod von Simon Ungers". BauNetz. Retrieved Nov 5, 2013. 
This article incorporates information from the revision as of March 30, 2013 of the equivalent article on the German Wikipedia.

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