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The Biennial’s title—”The State of the Art of Architecture”—is borrowed from a 1977 conference of the same name, during which Chicago architect Stanley Tigerman invited influential architects to debate their positions on the state of architecture and demonstrate their ideas through examples of built projects. During the Tuesday Talks, members of this group reassemble to discuss the state of architecture today and how it has changed over time. Sarah Herda, Co-Artistic Director of the Chicago Architecture Biennial and Director of the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts, will moderate the discussion.

Stanley Tigerman worked with a variety of Chicago architectural firms—including those of George Fred Keck; Skidmore, Owings & Merrill; and Harry M. Weese—before starting his own practice in 1964. Tigerman quickly developed a reputation for buildings that included as part of their design ironic references to his clients; these buildings were often categorized as postmodern because of their reliance on historical reference and signs and symbols. Perhaps more so than his buildings, Tigerman’s activism had the greatest impact on the American architectural scene. He was a founder of the so-called Chicago Seven movement in architecture, a group of seven Chicago architects who, playfully adopting the name of a group of late-1960s political dissidents, protested the dominance of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s modernism in postwar Chicago. In 1994 he co-founded Archeworks, an alternative postgraduate design school in Chicago that specializes in using architecture and design to address social needs. Tigerman studied architecture at schools including the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the IIT Institute of Design, and Yale University.

Stuart Cohen’s work and the work of his firm has been published and exhibited nationally and internationally, receiving awards for design excellence from Progressive Architecture, Interiors, the American Institute of Architects, and the American Wood Council. Cohen was selected by Town and Country as one of the top 50 residential architects in the country and included in Architectural Digest’s AD100, a listing of the top 100 residential architects in the world. Other honors include selection as one of 40 architects under the age of 40 (1979) and as one of 20 architects representing the United States at the 1980 Venice Biennale. Cohen served on the faculty of the University of Illinois at Chicago and has been a visiting professor and guest lecturer at universities throughout the country. In 1998, he received the Excellence in Education Award from AIA Illinois. The author of a book and numerous articles on architecture, Cohen was elected to Fellowship in the AIA in 1985. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Cornell University, where he studied with Colin Rowe. Before opening his own architectural practice in Chicago, Cohen worked in New York City for Richard Meier and Associates and for Philip Johnson and John Burgee.

Laurence "Larry" O. Booth, FAIA, founded Booth Hansen in 1980 with the belief that spirited, meaningful, and useful buildings can be realized with an organized and open creative process. As Design Principal, he leads the conceptual development of every project at the firm, always beginning with the conviction that each client, landscape, and building program is unique and demands knowledge and creativity to achieve the best results. Larry rejects any stylistic dogma, believing that any preconceived approach to design will result in a superficial solution that does not best serve the client. In a career spanning 50 years, Larry has been awarded numerous honors for his design work including a national Honor Award for the renovation of Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago, and over 35 regional Honor Awards from the AIA. In 2008, Larry was appointed Clinical Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Richard C. Halpern/ Rise International Distinguished Architect in Residence at Northwestern University.

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