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Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, to be honored with AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award

From a legacy of built projects to lasting academic and advocacy influence, Tigerman has left an indelible mark on Chicago architecture and the profession

Stanley Tigerman

The American Institute of Architects Chicago (AIA Chicago) has announced that Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, has been named the recipient of the 2013 AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award.

For his innovative design in over 175 built works for "all levels of society"—from the LEED-silver rated Pacific Garden Mission on Chicago's Near West Side to the iconic Boardwalk Apartments on the North Side to Skokie's Holocaust Memorial Foundation—to his mentorship of generations of aspiring architects as an academic leader, and for his intellectual influence as a writer, critic and advocate for the architectural profession, Tigerman "has assured his legacy as one of the shining architectural luminaries in the history of Chicago," says Steven Wisenthal, FAIA, Associate Vice President & University Architect for the University of Chicago.

The Chicago native (b. 1930) trained in the Chicago offices of Keck & Keck, Milton Schwartz, and Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in his early career, earned both his BArch (1960) and MArch (1961) under the guidance of Paul Rudolph at Yale, and has served as co-founding principal of Tigerman McCurry Architects alongside his wife Margaret McCurry, FAIA. A founding member of "The Chicago Seven," Tigerman's famous collage of Mies van der Rohe's Crown Hall sinking into Lake Michigan offered a visual blueprint of the group's challenge to the modernist orthodoxy of Chicago architecture. Tigerman is also a prolific author, whose work includes The Chicago Tribune Tower Competition and Late Entries; Versus: An American Architect's Alternatives; The California Condition: A Pregnant Architecture; The Architecture of Exile; and Stanley Tigerman: Buildings and Projects 1966–1989.

Extending his influence even more than his built and written legacy however is Tigerman's role as a mentor and leader for generations of students and followers, who continue to implement aspects of his vision throughout their work. Tigerman has been a visiting chaired professor at Yale and Harvard and lectured at every major School of Architecture in the United States. Between 1985 and 1993, he was the director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago and in 1994, he co-founded (with Eva Maddox, Assoc. AIA) ARCHEWORKS, a "socially oriented design laboratory" and school.

"My initial introduction to Stanley was through ARCHEWORKS ten years ago, when he gave me my first opportunity to give a lecture on my firm's work," Pat Saldana Natke, AIA, founding partner of Urbanworks, says. "Year after year, he creates a platform for the next generation of thinkers and doers through Chicago architecture exhibits, publications, dialogue and discourse. He challenges the new generation of architects to envision a better, bolder Chicago."

"Stanley has had a lifetime of achievements of which this city and profession has greatly benefited," Saldana Natke says.

In addition to his practice, writing and intellectual and academic leadership, Tigerman is also one of the minds behind the Chicago Architects Project (CAP), an ongoing and evolving genealogy of Chicago architects, their work and their interrelationships and influences among the profession from the 19th century to the present day.

Initiated in 2006, the AIA Chicago Lifetime Achievement Award is issued annually to a recipient honored for his or her significant lifetime contributions to the field of architecture. Previous winners have included Helmut Jahn, Ben Weese, Walter Netsch, John Holabird Jr., Gertude Kerbis, Natalie de Blois, and jointly, Daniel Burnham and Edward Bennett. Tigerman will be honored in a ceremony during DesigNight, AIA Chicago's 58th Annual Design Excellence Awards, October 25, 2013 at Navy Pier.