Michael Wayne Jurick, 54, a Chicago Architect, passed away on February 13, 2013. He was the son of the late John and Lee Jurick, born on December 23, 1958 in Oklahoma City, raised in Warminster PA, and lived his adult life in the city of Chicago. Michael was a graduate of the world renown Architectural program at the Illinois Institute of Technology, a member of the Class of 1981, was licensed to practice Architecture in the State of Illinois, and a member of the Alpha Gamma Chapter of Theta Xi Fraternity. Michael maintained his own Architectural practice, but earlier in his career spent time in the Architectural offices of Holabird & Root and Lohan Associates, two of Chicago's most prominent firms. In 1983 he entered the Chicago Tops Architectural Competition, which resulted in an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. In the show's review, the Architectural critic for the Chicago Tribune noted Michael's entry with the following quote "Michael Jurick's rather moving transformation of the IBM Building into a shrine honoring Mies van der Rohe, whose brooding face hovers inside a topside temple. Is this slightly wicked satire, or not? The ambiguity adds appeal." Among his classmates and colleagues, Michael was admired for his beautiful drawings. He is survived by Karin Jurick, a loving sister and artist in Atlanta GA.
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Published by Chicago Tribune on Feb. 24, 2013.