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Influential Chicago architect, Stanley Tigerman, dead at 88

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The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois. The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois.
The Pacific Gardens Mission homeless shelter in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood. The Pacific Gardens Mission homeless shelter in Chicago’s South Loop neighborhood.
The Anti-Cruelty Animal Shelter in Chicago’s River North neighborhood. The Anti-Cruelty Animal Shelter in Chicago’s River North neighborhood.

Stanley Tigerman, a principal in the Chicago architectural and design firm of Tigerman McCurry and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, has died. According to a report in the American Institute of Architects Journal, the architect died at his Chicago home due to complications from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 88 years old.

A native Chicagoan, Tigerman designed over 450 buildings and installations around the world over a career that spanned more than 50 years in private practice. His notable works in the Chicago area include the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, the Pacific Gardens Mission homeless shelter in the South Loop and the Anti-Cruelty Animal Shelter in River North.

After graduating from Yale University with a masters in architecture, Tigerman worked at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). He started his own firm in 1962, now known as Tigerman McCurry and was later a founding member of “The Chicago Seven,” a group of architects opposed to Miesian modernism that ruled architecture at the time.

Tigerman served as director of the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture and helped found the Chicago Architectural Club. In 2008, Tigerman was named the recipient of the AIA/ACSA Topaz Medallion for Excellence in Architectural Education as well as the AIA Illinois Gold Medal in recognition of outstanding lifetime service. He was also honored by AIA Chicago with the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award.