The College of Architecture at IIT is host to a series of stimulating lectures that are free and open to the public. Lectures start at 6:00 p.m. and are held at Crown Hall, Center Core, 3360 S. State Street. Find out more information.
18 October 2010, Monday
Dana Buntrock
“Materials and Meaning in Contemporary Japanese Architecture: Tradition and Today”

20 October 2010, Wednesday
Ian Bogle
“STRATA SE1: Moving Towards a Self-Powered Environment”

25 October 2010, Monday
Julie Snow
“Design Performance”

3 November 2010, Wednesday
Adrian Smith
“Recent Work”

10 November 2010, Wednesday
Curtis Moody
“Recent Work”

22 November 2010, Monday
Thomas L. Woltz
“Stewardship and Design in the Urban and Agrarian Landscape”


Mies van der Rohe Society members and IIT alumni are invited to a motor coach tour of the noteworthy architecture of Beverly Shores, Indiana. In addition to homes designed by Harold Olin and other IIT alumni, the tour includes exteriors of houses that were built for the 1933 Chicago World’s Fair and relocated to the Indiana Dunes area by barge and truck.

Hosted by Mies Society members Joan and Harold Olin, a reception follows the tour at their home.

Sunday, October 17, 2– 5 p.m.

Home of Joan and Harold Olin
105 Wells Road, Beverly Shores, IN 46301

The motor coach will pick up and drop off from the Olin’s home. Attendees must provide their own transportation to and from Indiana.

This event is open to IIT alumni and Mies Society members.  To RSVP, contact Marian Quirk at 312.567.5000 or

Harold Olin designed six homes in Beverly Shores. He studied under Mies, worked as a draftsman for George Fred Keck, and was influenced by the eco-friendly practices of Alfred Caldwell. Olin and other architects helped introduce the International Style and New Bauhaus to the Indiana Dunes. Harold had a career in architectural research and was responsible for re-writing the Chicago code as Managing Deputy Commissioner of Codes and Standards at the Building Department of the City of Chicago. He is the author of the text book that continues to be used by most architecture students, Olin’s Construction Principles, Materials, and Methods.

Meet author Brian Lutz and enter for a chance to win a copy of Knoll: A Modernist Universe, his new book from Rizzoli. This comprehensive monograph details the history of Knoll and the company’s influence on modern design in America. Founded in 1938, Knoll produces Mies-designed furniture including the MR, Barcelona, and Brno chairs.

Saturday, October 9, 2010 marks the 4th annual DOCOMOMO US Tour Day, which features more than 20 tours of modern architecture in the United States, including 5 in Chicago.

Hosted by Chicago Architecture Foundation, Mies & Modernism: The IIT Campus is a guided tour that includes the work of Mies, Jahn, and Koolhaas and will offer a look at the recent renovations at Carr Chapel.

Tickets are available 15-20 minutes before the tour starts. Advance reservations are not required. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and students, and free for CAF members. This event qualifies for 2.0 AIA continuing education credits.

With 12 regional chapters in the US, DOCOMOMO is an international working party for the documentation and conservation of buildings, sites, and neighborhoods of the modern movement.

Visit the DOCOMOMO site for more details.

Chicago’s Modern Marvels: Robie House and Crown Hall After Hours

Thursday, September 30, 2010

6 p.m.

Join us for two extraordinary open houses featuring two of Chicago’s modern marvels: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s S. R. Crown Hall.

Count on a festive evening of exploring both spaces with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres in a casual setting. Start at either location for a guided tour or wander the spaces on your own. Trolleys will depart from Robie House and Crown Hall every half hour.

Tickets are $35 for members of the Mies van der Rohe Society or the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust; $40 for non-members. Book your tickets today!

Hosted by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Modern Views: A Project to Benefit Farnsworth House and the Glass House asks “contemporary artists, architects and designers to continue one of the 20th Century’s great cultural dialogues—the historic exchange reflected in Mies van der Rohe’s Farsworth House and Philip Johnson’s Glass House.”

This tongue-in-cheek interpretation of the Mies/Johnson “dialogue” by designer Demian Repucci has us giggling with delight [ed. note: We can neither confirm nor deny the presence of a t-square tattoo on Mies’ bicep].

Modern Views is scheduled to appear on the Chicago scene at The Arts Club of Chicago on September 16th.

Nearly 1,200 kids (and parents) descended upon Crown Hall last Saturday to craft a sprawling, small-scale cityscape made entirely of LEGOS. Their creations combine to make a colorful 3,000-square foot city.

The entire project will be on exhibit in Crown Hall—under Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds—through August 1st.

[Exactly how do you wrangle a thousand pint-sized architects? With a carefully crafted, 3,000 sq. ft. ground plan, that’s how.]

This program was made possible by the Mies van der Rohe Society’s partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.

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 serious decline. The Mies Society, which raises funds to restore and preserve core buildings on IIT’s Mies campus, launched a fundraising campaign to save Carr Chapel.

Through generous support from the IIT community at large, funds are being raised and services donated to ensure that Carr Chapel can once again function as the spiritual center for IIT. Exterior work has been completed. Currently, $350,000 still needs to be raised to finish work on the building’s interior.

Most recently, the curtain that spans the back wall of the chapel has been replaced, in gorgeous form.

Mies Society Board member Bob Kleinschmidt—consulting with original project architect, Gene Summers—spearheaded the effort to recreate the chapel curtain. Fabric was specially woven in Italy by Donghia and then pleated and hung by Cornel Erdbeer of Ludwig Interiors. The curtain fabric, hung using Mies’ desired inverted pleating system, is an ivory pongee slubbed silk that matches the original fabric as closely as possible. Both Donghia, Inc. and Erdbeer generously donated materials and services in honor of this important project.

As with all restoration projects, support is welcome from all corners. Interested in contributing to this historic effort? Contact the Mies Society to find out how you can make help make a difference to Carr Chapel.

Hundreds of Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds have been floating inside the vast space of Mies van der Rohe’s S. R. Crown Hall this summer. This is the largest installation yet of Silver Clouds—don’t miss it!

Through August 1, 2010

Wednesdays through Sundays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

S.R. Crown Hall, 3360 S. State Street, Chicago, IL 60616

Entry: $5 for exhibition only (at the door), free for kids under 10.


Andy Warhol, Silver Clouds [Warhol Museum Series], 1994, refabricated for The Andy Warhol Museum in cooperation with The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. and Billy Klüver, 1994, helium-filled metalized plastic film (Scotchpak), The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

Image: Dan Kuruna.

© 2010 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Reproduction, including downloading of Andy Warhol works, is prohibited by copyright laws and international conventions without the express written permission of Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Picturing Mies


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 to Michael Gillhouse:

Second place went to Marc Ghafoori:

Third place went to Edgar Rodriguez:

But really, all of the entries were outstanding for the creativity and affection expressed. Here are the rest of the likenesses.

From Emily Chen:

From Eric Cheng:

From Ivo Semerdjiev:

From Iyrna Yanyshyn:

From Jonathan Achs:

From Lulu Al-Awadhi:

And last—but far from least—from Mihee Choe: