March 30, 2006
Photograph © Edward Hueber
Architect and artist Simon Ungers died
on March 6 in Cologne, Germany, after a long illness. He was
48. Ungers was born in Cologne in 1957, but moved to Ithaca,
New York, in 1969 when his father, O. M. Ungers, became the
dean of Cornell University's School of Architecture. Ungers
attended high school in Ithaca and later received his architecture
degree from Cornell in 1980.
Ungers is perhaps best known for his unrealized proposal
for the Berlin Holocaust Memorial, and his Cor-ten steel "T-House"
(Record, pp. 90-95, April 1994), which he designed with Thomas
Kinslow in Wilton, New York. Representations of the T-House
were later exhibited in the Museum of Modern Art's "UnPrivate
House" show in 1999. He was also recognized for his idealized
architectural models, spaces, and gallery installations. Ungers
taught at several schools including Syracuse, Rensselaer Polytechnic
Institute, and Harvard.
Since 2000, Ungers mostly worked in Cologne where he focused
on his large minimalist artwork installations, which were
usually referred to as "site constructions."