Stanley Tigerman

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Stanley Tigerman
Stanley Tigerman.jpg
Stanley Tigerman in 2007
Born (1930-09-20) September 20, 1930 (age 85)
Chicago, Illinois
Nationality United States
Ethnicity Jewish
Education B.S. Yale School of Architecture
Occupation architect
Spouse(s) Spouse1 (divorced)
Spouse2 (divorced)
Margaret McCurry
Children two with his first wife

Stanley Tigerman (born September 20, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois) is an American architect, theorist and designer.


Tigerman was born to a Jewish family, the only child of a day laborer father and a mother who worked as a typist for the federal government.[1] he grew up in his paternal grandparents' boardinghouse in Edgewater, Chicago.[1] He won the 'beautiful baby' contest at the world's fair in 1933 and attended Senn High School where he studied jazz.[1] He studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology but flunked out after one year but was able to get a job as an apprentice for Chicago architect George Fred Keck, a friend of the dean of MIT.[1] After a year, he left to start his own practice which failed and he then joined the U.S. Navy.[1] After which he returned to Chicago and worked for two years for A.J. Del Bianco doing suburban architecture; then with Milton Schwartz on the Executive House; and then as junior designer for Skidmore Owings & Merrill on the Air Force Academy.[1] He graduated from the Yale School of Architecture in 1961.[1] 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 also designed one residential building. Originally known as the Boardwalk Apartments, the building is located at the southeast corner of Montrose and Clarendon Avenue, it was completed in 1974. By 1980, the property had been converted to a condominium, as it remains today.

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.

Personal life[edit]

Tigerman has been married three times. He has a son and daughter from his first marriage. His third wife, a Presbyterian, is fellow architect and partner, Margaret McCurry.[1]

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