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Renowned Chicago Based Architect, Stanley Tigerman Dies

The esteemed member of Bengal Institute's Advisory Board member, Stanley Tigerman, dies aged 88.

Stanley Tigerman, the dean and often described as the “godfather” of Chicago architecture, a dear friend of Muzharul Islam, and a great supporter of Bangladesh passed away today. Tigerman was also an esteemed member of the Advisory Board of Bengal Institute. He will be fondly remembered and deeply missed. Learning from Muzharul Islam and echoing him, Tigerman declared: “Architecture is a humanist practice, and an ethical practice.” He partnered with Muzharul Islam in the design of Five Polytechnique Institutes in the 1960s. In honoring both Tigerman and Muzharul Islam, we hope we can abide by that principle. 

Stanley Tigerman was an outspoken icon of Chicago’s architecture who was deeply respected in his city and internationally. As a central figure of the Chicago Seven in 1976, Tigerman was earlier part of a group that emerged in opposition to the doctrinal application of modernism. In later years, his diverse design style progressively assumed a more sensual and theatrical character.

Tigerman’s building credits 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. 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.

The practice of Tigerman McCurry Architects is the recipient of seven national American Institutes of Architects Honor Awards and more than 150 national and local awards for architecture and design excellence. The work of the firm has been exhibited worldwide over 300 times at museums and galleries such as The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the National Museum of Modern Art in Kyoto, the Deutesches Architecktur Museum in Frankfurt, The Metropolitan Museum, and the Guggenheim Museum.

He succumbed to a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease on Monday at his Chicago home.


This post is partially written by Kazi Khaleed Ashraf, and also based on these articles: