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Obituary Stanley Tigerman, FAIA (1930–2019)

by SAH News | Jul 10, 2019

SAH lost a valued advocate for architectural history when Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman passed away on June 3, 2019. Tigerman, who revered architectural and Judaic history, joined SAH as a Life member in 1978 just as Post-Modernism was beginning to grow in prominence. In the 1980s Tigerman was active with SAH, serving on the Board 1986–1989 and delivering papers at the SAH conferences in San Francisco (1987) and Montreal (1989). His books and exhibition catalogs were frequently reviewed in JSAH, including Reyner Banham’s October 1981 review of the exhibition catalog Tigerman co-wrote with fellow architect Stuart Cohen, Chicago Tribune Tower Competition and Late Entries to the Chicago Tribune Tower Competition.

Recognized for his provocative, scenic museum installations, Tigerman’s exhibition designs were often reviewed in JSAH, along with the actual exhibition and catalog. Such was the case with Michael Lewis’s 1995 review of Karl Friedrich Schinkel, 1781–1841: The Drama of Architecture, an exhibition organized by John Zukowsky, curated by Kurt W. Forster, and designed by Stanley Tigerman. The influence of Tigerman’s own pedagogy and Post-Modern design work were often featured in JSAH articles including two in 2017: Marisa Angell Brown’s article, “Integration by Design: Bertrand Goldberg, Stanley Tigerman, and Public Housing in Postwar Chicago,” (published in June) and Adnan Morshed’s article, “Modernism as Postnationalist Politics: Muzharul Islam’s Faculty of Fine Arts (1953–56),” (published in December). 

In recognition of a lifetime of achievements in design, teaching, criticism, and historical writing, Tigerman was named a Fellow of SAH in 2015. In recent years, Tigerman also was named a Life Trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he donated a large portion of his architectural archive.

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