Eye on Evanston: Thoughts on Design | Evanston architect Stuart Cohen

Longtime Style Evanston member Stuart Cohen been given the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 15. In obtaining this award, Cohen joined these kinds of Chicago architecture luminaries as John Syversten, Carol Ross Barney, Peter Landon, Stanley Tigerman, Ben Weese, Helmut Jahn, Gertrude Lempp Kerbis and Natalie De Blois.

Cohen was born in Chicago and raised in Winnetka. A graduate of Cornell University, he worked in New York for Richard Meier and Philip Johnson just before returning to Chicago in 1973.

Julie Hacker and Stuart Cohen (Photo by Melissa Ann Pinney)

Cohen has experienced a multifaceted occupation, with groundbreaking investigation and writing informing his apply of architecture. He co-curated the influential “Chicago Architects” exhibition in 1976 which reworked the accepted viewpoint of the city’s architectural record to make it broader and more inclusive. He also wrote the exhibition’s catalog, which Ada Louise Huxtable, The New York Times’ architecture critic, identified as “provocative revisionist historical past.”

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