Company: Tigerman McCurry Architects
Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Margaret I. McCurry, Partner of Tigerman McCurry Architects, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in architecture.
Growing up with an architect father and an artist mother, Ms. McCurry was almost destined to follow in their creative footsteps. She particularly loved going with her father to watch construction sites, and knew she wanted to contribute to that world someday. When the opportunity arose to become licensed under the apprentice system of the American Institute of Architects, she jumped at the chance. Ms. McCurry had spent the previous 13 years garnering experience in design at the Quaker Oats Co. and at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, and was thrilled to be able to take the next step toward her goals. The first thing she did was open her own private practice, Margaret I McCurry Ltd, which eventually led her to partnership at Tigerman McCurry Architects in Chicago. She remains with the company to this day. Her specialty is commercial and residential architecture, product design, and furniture design.
One of Ms. McCurry’s favorite parts of the job is building her network of friends and peers. Her work puts her very much in the public eye, and has led her to have connections all over the country. She lectures frequently, was one of the founding members of the design excellence program for the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C., and is a fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Additionally, Ms. McCurry continues to serve on the woman’s board at the University of Chicago and as a mentor to females hoping to enter the profession. This has given her a lot of people to travel and correspond with, which has made for a very interesting life.
Another way Ms. McCurry has expanded her reach is through literature and exhibitions. She authored books like “Margaret McCurry: Constructing 25 Short Stories” and “Distillations: The Architecture of Margaret McCurry,” and contributed numerous articles to the Chicago Architectural Club Journal. She was also the designer and contributor of architectural exhibits at the Art Institute of Chicago, the Chicago Historical Society, the Gulbenkian Foundation in Portugal, the Chicago Athenaeum, the Gwenda Jay Gallery, and the Women of Design Traveling Exhibition. Some of her works reside in the permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Deutsches Architektur Museum in Germany.
To prepare for her endeavors, Ms. McCurry earned a Bachelor of Arts in art history from Vassar College in 1964 and a degree in advanced environmental studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1987, as well as a NCARB license. She then became a registered architect in Illinois and Michigan and a registered interior designer in Illinois.
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