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Stanley Tigerman (b. 1930) - 2003 interview

Dates of Interview:

March 31, 2003

Location of Interview:

Office of Tigerman McCurry Architects, Chicago


Pauline Saliga

Length of Transcript:

102 pages
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Video Excerpt:

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1998 interview:

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Photograph courtesy of Stanley Tigerman.

Biographical Summary

Stanley Tigerman was born in 1930 in Chicago, Illinois. From 1949 until 1959 he worked in several architectural offices such as the office of Keck & Keck, Milton Schwartz, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill and for builder A.J. Del Bianco. Tigerman was admitted to Yale University and received his bachelor's and master's degrees in 1960 and 1961. After graduating he worked in the office of Harry Weese before co-founding an office with Norman Koglin in 1962. In 1964 Tigerman opened Stanley Tigerman, Architect (now Tigerman McCurry, Architects). In addition to designing and building, Tigerman has taught for many years at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and in 1994 became co-founder and director of Archeworks, an alternative design school. Tigerman's work has been widely published and has been the recipient of numerous design awards. He is the author of several books and has been the subject of many. In the 1970s he was one of the four original Chicago Seven, a group of young architects that helped change the prevailing Miesian vocabulary in Chicago. Tigerman was elected to the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects in 1973.

Interview Highlights

Following the first interview with Tigerman in 1998, in this second interview Tigerman discusses his commitment to Archeworks, which he co-founded with Eva Maddox; Archeworks’ mission and relevant projects undertaken by its students; recent architecture projects by Tigerman McCurry; his education and his career as an educator; reflections on his career and his partnership with Margaret McCurry.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, Skokie, IL.
© David Seide, Defined Space.

Pacific Garden Mission, Chicago, IL.
©Steve Hall, Hedrich Blessing Photographers.

Interview Excerpt

"We [Archeworks] are not training people to be architects; … We are putting them into the trenches. It is the seam between the academy and practice and it’s breaking down barriers between disciplines." (page 3)

"You know ultimately Archeworks is rooted—as is architecture for me—in morality and ethics." (page 7)

"…because I have a very short attention span. So, you know when I get bored here [the office] I can go to Archeworks and kick ass and when that gets tiresome I can work on my next book. And then I can draw, and then I can come back here and kick ass. So I have a great life, totally." (page 13)

Seminary Co-op Bookstore (Reading Table)
© Tom Rossiter Photography.

Additional Resources

Finding Aid to Stanley Tigerman Papers, 1941-1993
Stanley Tigerman images in the R&B Archives
Related archival materials in the R&B Archives
Works by or related to Tigerman in the Department of Architecture and Design