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We are delighted to present our new website. Check it out! The site houses exclusive information about Mies’ influence and his work. Detailed building “biographies” feature sketches, models, and 3-D renderings of modernism’s most important structures. Gorgeous, immersive photography showcases the buildings Mies designed as well as portraits of the architect himself. In addition to […]


In a few more days, we’ll be launching our new website designed by Scott Thomas, a.k.a. SimpleScott. Thomas began his studies in architecture and went on to pursue graphic design and Web development—eventually becoming the design director of the historic Barack Obama presidential campaign. He’s got a Miesian take on Web design: to continually simplify […]


More than 100 members of the IIT community turned out for a coffee tasting last month at Global Grounds to select a custom blend for the campus coffee shop. The winner was Mies van der Roast, a blend of a deep, creamy coffee from Southeast Asia and a bright and nutty coffee from South America. […]


Congratulations to the students of IIT’s College of Architecture, whose Field Chapel in Baden, Germany was recognized by AIA Chicago with a Design Excellence Award. Professor Frank Flury’s studio class designed—and built—the two-room chapel and its 30-foot tower. AIA Chicago announced the award at their annual DesignNight event. Also recognized were works by Mies Society […]


A recent article in the New York Times goes inside daily life at Lafayette Park, a residential development in Detroit that Mies designed in the late 1950s. Comprised of high rise buildings and townhouses, Lafayette Park represents the largest collection of Mies-designed buildings in the world and was added to the National Register of Historic […]


The Mies Society can’t wait to unveil our latest project: a brand-new website designed by Scott Thomas, author of Designing Obama. In addition to tracking progress on our restoration efforts, visitors will be able to take a look at the contents of Mies’ bookshelf. And as a new resource for all things Mies, the site […]


Chicago’s Top 40 Artistic Breakthroughs itemized in the September issue of Chicago Magazine include Second City, Muddy Waters, the Dil Pickle Club, and Studs Terkel. We’re delighted to see Mies van der Rohe’s IIT campus ranked as #2! Read the article here.


° A recently-updated unit in Mies van der Rohe’s 880 N. Lake Shore Drive is for sale. Koenig & Strey has the listing. ° A 1952 white St. Charles kitchen, 6-burner white Crown stove, and 1952 bathroom fixtures are available for immediate sale in Glencoe.  These hard-to-find fixtures are in excellent condition. For more information, […]


Built in 1952, Mies’ only religious building is in the process of being restored to the quiet beauty of its intended function. Dubbed “the God Box” by generations of IIT students, Carr Memorial Chapel serves as a non-denominational place for gathering, worship, and engagement. Fifty-plus years after completion, Carr Chapel was in a state of […]


Picturing Mies

28Jun10

Last month, IIT’s student chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIAS) held a competition featuring “likenesses of Mies.” Judges included Justine Jentes (Director, Mies Society), Donna Robertson (Dean,  IIT College of Architecture), and several IIT faculty members. Congratulations to the winners, and a big round of applause to all who participated! First place went […]