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The Mies van der Rohe Society is a membership organization that is committed to…

Preserving Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s legacy and maintaining the architectural integrity of his buildings at 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, beginning with two core buildings: S.R. Crown Hall, a National Historic Landmark and home to IIT’s College of Architecture; and Wishnick Hall, the university’s original chemistry building.

Enhancing educational programs for our students. Using the flexible and modular plan created by Mies, his buildings will be transformed to meet the needs of current students; to provide opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary partnerships; and to support IIT’s unique new educational programs.

Reinforcing Chicago’s international reputation for architectural distinction. 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. Enthusiasts of modern architecture from across the globe have long been attracted to the Mies campus. The revitalization of Mies’ works, an increasingly vibrant Bronzeville community, and bold new campus buildings designed by Rem Koolhaas and Helmut Jahn will enhance tourism at IIT and heighten Chicago’s civic pride in this world-renowned architectural destination. The Mies van der Rohe Society seeks to raise $20 million in the first phase to revitalize two core Mies buildings. Fundraising will continue to restore the rest of Mies’ masterpieces at IIT, including Alumni Memorial Hall, Siegel Hall, Perlstein Hall, and the Robert F. Carr Memorial Chapel.

To become a member and learn more about the Mies Society please visit our website.


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