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 Archived 2012-04-25 at the Wayback Machine.. 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 Archived 2008-09-28 at the Wayback Machine.. Retrieved 2008-08-12.
  4. ^ "Künstler und Architekt Zum Tod von Simon Ungers". BauNetz. Retrieved Nov 5, 2013. 

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