Stanley Tigerman 1930 - 2019
Stanley spent a lifetime supporting excellence in architecture – his advocacy strengthened by his education of students, as well as civic leaders, practitioners, and the public alike. Through both the spoken and written word, he consistently presented an honest dialogue about contemporary issues in architecture, and for the last fifty years, Stanley was the steadfast voice of Chicago architecture. Often controversial, but never for the sake of controversy, he championed for an intelligent built environment for all social classes, and to make his city a better and more livable place.
As director of the architecture school at the University of Illinois – Chicago, he created an academic environment that garnered the respect and admiration of a generation of students and faculty. To this day, Stanley’s tenure at UIC is discussed with fond remembrance, and his influence can still be felt throughout many North American Institutions, where students and colleagues have now become faculty.
As a practitioner, many of the most notable architects working in Chicago today have interned with Stanley Tigerman. From the most established, to the young and emerging – their common denominator is not style, but an underlying responsibility to do thoughtful work, and maintain a high regard for public service and professional standards. His obligation to them did not end with employment – he supported their work in public initiatives as he did with encouraging emerging talent.
Perhaps, nothing is more important in Stanley’s educational oeuvre than Archeworks, which he founded in 1994 with Eva Maddox. They started a school that championed design solutions for social concerns – and it worked because they were able to create viable and productive relationships between non-profits, students, instructors, and professionals that did not question the need to be involved, and who readily contributed their cumulative energies and expertise to better our society through the built environment.