Mies van der rohe university of chicago. When ludwig mies van der rohe left his native germany for chicago in 1938 the world of modern architecture was forever changed. The ludwig mies van der rohe collection 19291969 bulk 19481960 includes correspondence articles and materials related to his association with the illinois institute of technology. Die politischen verhältnisse im deutschland der frühen 1930er jahre machten es ihm nicht möglich das bauhaus zu retten. The ludwig mies van der rohe metropolitan structures collection 19611969 includes scrapbooks and photographs documenting chicago projects.
Mies left the influential bauhaus school to take a position at the. Its difficult to imagine what the skyline of chicago might look like without architect ludwig mies van der rohe. The building most notable for its enormous lobby and glass paneled exterior brings individuals inside and outside of the building together truly evoking the schools intellectual mission. Mies van der rohe starb 1969 in chicago.
Since 1965 the school of social service administration ssa has been housed in one of ludwig mies van der rohes most important civic and architectural contributions to the city of chicago. Mies plan for the iit campus was one of the largest projects. Born in aachen in mies 1886 1969 trained under architect peter behrens. In 1938 the armour institute of technology a modest technical training school on chicagos near south side engaged german born architect ludwig mies van der rohe 1886 1969 as the director of the department of architecture.
He influenced an entire generation of architects while tenured as head of the architecture department at the illinois institute of technology iit. The merging of these two schools called for a new master plan for the university and mies van der rohe was commissioned for the job. A mini tour around the lake shore drive mies van der rohe apartments in chicago illinois. He eventually went on to work as the director of the bauhaus for a short amount of time until the gestapo takeover.