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

Longtime Design Evanston member Stuart Cohen received the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious 2021 Lifetime


Longtime Design Evanston member Stuart Cohen received the American Institute of Architects’ prestigious 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 15. In receiving this award, Cohen joined such 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 before returning to Chicago in 1973.

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

Cohen has had a multifaceted career, with groundbreaking research and writing informing his practice of architecture. He co-curated the influential “Chicago Architects” exhibition in 1976 which transformed the accepted viewpoint of the city’s architectural history to make it broader and more inclusive. He also wrote the exhibition’s catalog, which Ada Louise Huxtable, The New York Times’ architecture critic, called “provocative revisionist history.”

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