Stanley Tigerman, architect whose work spanned Chicago and the world, dies

The former director of the UIC School of Architecture created the Illinois Holocaust Museum, among local other works

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Jun.June 04, 2019 11:00 AM
Architect Stanley Tigerman, who designed more than 450 buildings, dies (Credit: Wikipedia and Tigerman McCurry)

obit Architect Stanley Tigerman, who designed more than 450 buildings, dies (Credit: Wikipedia and Tigerman McCurry)

Stanley Tigerman, a Chicago architect whose work includes the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, along with numerous projects around the world, died Monday. He was 88.

The former director of the architecture school at the University of Illinois at Chicago died after a long battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, his wife, Margaret McCurry, told Architect magazine.

Tigerman opened his own practice in 1962, and it evolved to become the Tigerman-McCurry firm, which he led with his wife.

He was part of a group known as “The Chicago Seven” that opposed the Modernist school of design popularized by Ludwig Mies van Der Rohe, according to the American Institute of Architects Journal.

Tigerman designed more than 450 projects around the world, including notable local buildings like the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, the Pacific Gardens Mission homeless shelter in the South Loop and the Anti-Cruelty Society’s animal shelter in River North.

A graduate of Yale University, he also worked for the firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, along with the early modernist architect George Frederick Keck and others. [Architect] — John O’Brien


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