Preserving Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s legacy and maintaining the architectural integrity of his buildings at Illinois Institute of Technology. One of the most influential architects of the twentieth century and director of IIT’s College of Architecture for 20 years, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe expressed his modernist vision in the IIT campus, which he designed in the 1940s and 1950s. As the steward of Mies’ legacy, IIT is committed to restoring his masterworks.
Enhancing educational programs for our students. Through the flexible and modular plan created by Mies, his buildings transform to meet the needs of current students by providing opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary partnerships as well as supporting IIT’s unique new educational programs.
Reinforcing Chicago’s international reputation for architectural distinction. Chicago has a rich architectural history and continues to be at the forefront of architecture and design. Along with such masterpieces as Frank Lloyd Wright’s Robie House and SOM’s Willis Tower, the IIT campus exemplifies the city’s world-class architecture. The IIT campus is a showcase for the design solutions that Mies and his followers pioneered – solutions that transformed the city spaces and skylines of the world. Architecture and design enthusiasts come from across the globe to see the historic campus and bold new buildings by Rem Koolhaas and Helmut Jahn.