Dec, 19, 2010,
11:00 AM

Congratulations to CAF Patron of the Year Award winners!

On December 2nd, the Chicago Architecture Foundation announced winners of the 2010 Patron of the Year Award. Now in its seventh year, the award honors the commercial, institutional, and governmental clients that have significantly advanced Chicago’s built environment by commissioning and executing projects. 


All of the architects on the 5 winning projects are either graduates of, or faculty members of, IIT’s College of Architecture. The renovation of Mies’ 860-880 Lake Shore Apartments was also among the winners.


860–880 Lake Shore Drive Renovation

860 Lake Shore Drive Trust

Krueck & Sexton Architects


Aqua Tower

Magellan Development Group

Studio Gang Architects


Gary Comer College Prep

Comer Science and Education Foundation

John Ronan Architect


Lincoln Park Zoo South Pond redevelopment

Lincoln Park Zoo + Peoples Gas

Studio Gang Architects


Wilmette Public Works Facility

Village of Wilmette

Epstein|Metter Studio

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Dec, 13, 2010,
6:59 AM

Now open: the Mies Society Shop

Celebrate good design this holiday season with groovy coasters from the Mies Society online store.

Created just for us by Chicago-based surface designer, Noel Ashby, each set of 8 paperboard coasters features S.R. Crown Hall and Carr Chapel.

Pick up a few sets for stylin’ hostess gifts or stocking stuffers. Or poke a hole and add a hook to create statement ornaments for tasteful tree trimming.

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Dec, 13, 2010,
6:12 AM

Announcing….Our new website!

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 digging deep into Mies’ life and work, when you visit the site you can:

·  Browse the titles on Mies’ bookshelf and read his speeches;

·  Track progress on building restoration efforts and support the organization by becoming a member;

·  Sign up for an architectural tour of the IIT campus;

·  Shop for Crown Hall coasters created by Chicago-based textile designer, Noel Ashby;

·  Register for events—like Mies’ 125th birthday party. Scheduled for March 28, 2011, this annual event promises to be another interactive, martini-fueled experience. Wright auction house will demonstrate how to spy authentic Mies furniture among the imposters;

·  Learn about exhibits, lectures, and performances at S.R. Crown Hall. Recent events have featured the work of The Duke Ellington Orchestra, Hubbard Street Dance, Aaron Siskind, and Andy Warhol.

The website was designed by Scott Thomas, who embraced the Miesian values of openness and transparency. Thomas, who works under the name SimpleScott, was the design director for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. His book about the process, Designing Obama, and an iPad application, were released this fall. He is a founding member of The Post Family, an artists’ collective in Chicago.

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