Jan, 21, 2011,
6:11 PM

Mies in the News

The Institute for Lightweight Structures and Conceptual Design (ILEK) at the University of Stuttgart has taken first prize in the architectural planning competition “Plus-Energy House with Electromobility” issued by the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building, and Urban Development. The proposed design was developed by an interdisciplinary team directed by Werner Sobek, who is the Mies van der Rohe Professor at IIT’s College of Architecture.

Gary Comer College Prep on Chicago’s South Side was named one of Architectural Record’s Schools of the 21st Century. Located in the Grand Crossing neighborhood, Comer Prep was designed by John Ronan, Associate Professor at the College of Architecture at IIT.

Grassroots efforts on and off campus are trying to save the Bookstore at North Carolina State University. Designed by Mies student, G. Milton Small, Jr., and completed in 1960, the building heralded the rise of the university’s School of Design to national prominence.

Remember that cool house in the movie, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off? It’s for sale. Built in 1953 by Mies students A. James Speyer and David Haid, the house takes advantage of the dramatic ravines of Highland Park. Ferrari not included.

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Jan, 21, 2011,
2:21 PM

Last year, the Mies Society hosted Scott Thomas, former National Design Director of New Media for the Obama presidential campaign (and designer of our new website). He spoke about Mies and Chicago’s architecture—and how both influenced the visual design of the campaign. Here’s what Scott had to say about Architecting Change.

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Jan, 19, 2011,
4:43 PM

A New Look at Spiritual Spaces

Mark your calendars for a truly unique Mies Society event.

A New Look at Spiritual Spaces

Sunday, Feburary 13

3-5 p.m.

Conceived by artist Jaimie Henthorn, this event seeks to relate the human body to the built environment.

Carol Ross Barney, FAIA, will share insights into designing for sacred spaces, including recent work for the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston.

Aerialist Elena Brocade will perform in Carr Chapel, bringing unexpected perspectives to Mies’ only religious building.

The event begins in the Pritzker Club at The McCormick Tribune Campus Center.

Tickets include lecture, performance, and refreshments. $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers.

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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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