Morality and Ethics in Architecture
Phillip Swager Associates Lecture
Monday, September 27th, 7:00 PM
Lawrence J. Plym Auditorium
Stanley Tigerman, FAIA
Tigerman McCurry Architects
About the Lecturer
A principal in the Chicago architectural firm of Tigerman McCurry and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Stanley Tigerman received both his architectural degrees from Yale University in 1960 & 1961. He has designed numerous buildings and installations throughout the United States, Bangladesh, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, West Germany, Yugoslavia, and Puerto Rico, and given over 930 lectures throughout the world. He has been a visiting chaired professor at numerous universities, including Yale and Harvard, and he was the resident architect at the American Academy in Rome in 1980. He has served on advisory committees of the Yale and Princeton Schools of Architecture, the Chicago Art Institute's Department of Architecture and was Director of the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois at Chicago for eight years. In association with Eva Maddox, he is co-founder and director of ARCHEWORKS, a socially oriented design laboratory and school established in 1994.
The author of five books: The Chicago Tribune Tower Competition and Late Entries; Versus: An American Architect's Alternatives; The Architecture of Exile; Stanley Tigerman: Buildings and Projects 1966-1989; and The California Condition: A Pregnant Architecture and he illustrated the fairy tale Dorothy in Dreamland. His two current literary works in progress are: Failed Attempts at Healing an Irreparable Wound and The Case for Morality and Ethics in Design Theory/Practice. To date, Mr. Tigerman's work has been published internationally more than 3,450 times and exhibited 300 times.
He received Yale University's first Alumni Arts Award in 1985. In 1976 he was both chairman of the AIA Committee on Design and coordinator of the exhibition and book entitled Chicago Architects. He was founding member of "The Chicago Seven" as well as the Chicago Architectural Club. In 1989 he was awarded the Dean of Architecture Award, in 1990 he was inducted into the Interior Design Hall of Fame, in 1992 he received the Illinois Academy of Fine Arts Award and in 1996 he received the American Jewish Committee's Cultural Achievement Award. The International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers honored Mr. Tigerman with the Louis Sullivan Award in September 2000. Most recently, Mr. Tigerman was presented with an honorary Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Herrington Institute of Design in 2002.
He was one of the architects chosen to represent the United States at the 1976 and 1980 Venice Biennales and was part of the "New Chicago Architecture" exhibition at the Museo di Castelvecchio in Verona. In 1990, his work was exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago entitled, "Stanley Tigerman: Recent Works." Mr. Tigerman is the recipient of 132 design awards from the National AIA, the Chicago Chapter of the AIA, Progressive Architecture Design Awards and Record Houses and Interiors.
Mr. Tigerman's building credits as principal designer include institutional projects such as The Five Polytechnic Institutes in Bangladesh, 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. 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.
Critics and historians have written of his work:
"Tigerman, who has done a lot of serious and important building in and around Chicago (and also around the world), has always been an explorer and an articulate exponent of alternatives."
—Walter Wagner, Architectural Record, September 1976
"Tigerman's willingness to allow his architecture to change drastically over time, while alert to the power and anxiety of stylistic influence, have also been a continuous exploration of the problem of architectural meaning and the expression of that meaning in built form."
—Catherine Ingraham, Catalog from the 1990 Art Institute of Chicago exhibit, "Stanley Tigerman: One Man Show"