Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, RAAR, Honors Excellence in Craft at Oculus Award Luncheon

Stanley Tigerman, FAIA, RAAR, joined the American Architectural Foundation (AAF) via video at the inaugural Oculus Award Luncheon on December 15th, 2014, to provide remarks about the Oculus Award honorees, the International Masonry Institute (IMI) and the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers (BAC), and the importance of the craftsperson to the fields of design and cultural heritage.

“When buildings of an earlier epoch are preserved, it is a sign that those cultures are valued. As a nation, we will not be ‘young’ forever. As we age, we need to show respect for our predecessors; it is a sign that we respect ourselves. As an architect, I am proud that [AAF] is recognizing the level of excellence supported by IMI And BAC,” said Tigerman.

A principal in the Chicago architectural and design firm of Tigerman McCurry and a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects, Tigerman received both his architectural degrees from Yale University in 1960 & 1961.  He has designed numerous buildings and installations throughout the United States, Bangladesh, Canada, Great Britain, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Spain, West Germany, Yugoslavia, and Puerto Rico. He has been a visiting chaired professor at numerous universities, including Yale and Harvard, and was a founding member of the Chicago Seven. In 2008, he co-founded of ARCHEWORKS, a socially oriented design laboratory and school, with Eva Maddox.

Tigerman’s work has also been highlighted in numerous museums, including the Museo di Castelvecchio in 1981, the Art Institute of Chicago in 1990, and the Yale University School of Architecture in 2011. He has authored and edited books on architecture, theory, and design, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his contributions. Mr. Tigerman’s building credits as principal designer include institutional projects such as The Five Polytechnic Institutes in Bangladesh, The Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago, and The Holocaust Museum and Education Center in Skokie, Illinois.

He also designed the IMI/BAC John J. Flynn International Training Center in Bowie, Maryland, a state-of-the-art facility that houses programs for young architects, apprentices and masonry craftworkers.  He continued, “My modest involvement with the evolution of the training center in Maryland – and more than one session at Masonry Camp – put me squarely in touch with the IMI and BAC’s value of constructing things excellently.”

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