Stanley Tigerman

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Stanley Tigerman in 2007.

Stanley Tigerman (born September 20, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American architect, theorist and designer. He studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Chicago Institute of Design, and Yale University. After serving several years in the United States Navy, he assumed the role of draftsman and designer in a series of offices. Since 1964 he has been the Principal of Stanley Tigerman and Associates Ltd. (now Tigerman McCurry Architects), in Chicago. He has also taught at several universities in the United States. A collection of his papers is held by the Ryerson & Burnham Libraries in the Art Institute of Chicago.


During his early career, Tigerman borrowed extensively from an eclectic blend of styles. In 1976 he was the central figure of the Chicago Seven, a group which emerged in opposition to the doctrinal application of modernism, as represented particularly in Chicago by the followers of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.

In later years, his diverse design style has progressively assumed a more sensual and theatrical character. Tigerman's early skill with curves and perspective has expanded to include organic shapes, bright color, topiary, and allegory. From his early eclectic styling he has developed into an idiosyncratic theorist.

Tigerman's building credits as principal designer include institutional projects such as The Five Polytechnic Institutes in Bangladesh, The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, The Illinois Regional Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped in Chicago, and The POWERHOUSE Energy Museum in Zion, Illinois. He has completed both mixed use high rise and low rise housing projects throughout the United States, as well as in Germany and Japan, and he has designed exhibition installations for museums in the United States, Portugal and Puerto Rico. He worked in Bangladesh with Louis I Kahn and Muzharul Islam. His broad range of collaborative works include The Chicago Central Area Plan, the 1992 Chicago World's Fair, and London's Kings' Cross and St. Pancras' High Density Mixed Use Urban Plan. From the more than 390 projects defining his career, over 175 built works embrace virtually every building type.

Tigerman is the former Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 1994, Tigerman co-founded Archeworks, a nonprofit organization in Chicago, with designer Eva L. Maddox.


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