The Mies Society’s job is to help the visiting public look at and appreciate Mies’ contribution—his bold willingness to break with tradition in order to create something entirely new.
Illinois Institute of Technology.
One of the most influential architects of the twentieth century and director of IIT's College of Architecture for 20 years, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe expressed his modernist vision in the IIT campus, which he designed in the 1940s and 1950s. As the steward of Mies' legacy, IIT is committed to restoring his masterworks.
Enhancing educational programs for our students.
Through the flexible and modular plan created by Mies, his buildings transform to meet the needs of current students by providing opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary partnerships as well as supporting IIT's unique new educational programs.
Reinforcing Chicago's international reputation for architectural distinction.
Chicago has a rich architectural history and continues to be at the forefront of architecture and design. Along with such masterpieces as Frank Lloyd Wright's Robie House and SOM's Willis Tower, the IIT campus exemplifies the city's world-class architecture. The IIT campus is a showcase for the design solutions that Mies and his followers pioneered - solutions that transformed the city spaces and skylines of the world. Architecture and design enthusiasts come from across the globe to see the historic campus and bold new buildings by Rem Koolhaas and Helmut Jahn.
About Mies van der Rohe
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), a German-born architect and educator, is widely acknowledged as one of the 20th century's greatest architects. By emphasizing open space and revealing the industrial materials used in construction, he helped define modern architecture.
Our built environment is meant to be lived in. Mies' buildings, beyond merely affecting our lives, endow them with greater significance and beauty. His buildings radiate the confidence, rationality, and elegance of their creator and, free of ornamentation and excess, confess the essential elements of our lives. In our time, where there is no limit to excess, Mies' reductionist approach is as pertinent as ever. As we reduce the distractions and focus on the essential elements of our environment and ourselves, we find they are great, intricate, and beautiful. Less is more.
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