Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

born 1886 Aachen, Germany
died 1969 Chicago, USA

1897-1900attended the Dombauschule in Aachen, subsequently drafted stucco ornamentation for an interior decorator in Aachen
1901-7studied with Bruno Paul and at the Berlin Vocational Arts College
1907first building designs
1908-11worked together with architect Peter Behrens and Walter Gropius;
subsequently as a freelance architect in Berlin
1920designed villas as well as exhibition architecture
1926-32vice-president of the Deutscher Werkbund
1927designed and patented the first cantilever-base tubular steel chair;
general director of the Weissenhof Settlement, Stuttgart
1929designed the German pavilion for the Barcelona world’s fair;
designed metal furniture for both buildings
1930Villa Tugendhat in Brno, Czechoslovakia; replaced Hannes Meyer as Bauhaus director
1931signed a contract with Thonet for the exclusive marketing of fifteen chair designs
1938emigrated to the United States;
professor in the Department of Architecture at the Armour Institute (later the Illinois Institute of Technology), Chicago;
at the same time ran his own studio in Chicago
1940designed a number of the buildings at the Armour Institute
1958designed the Seagram Building, New York
1962-7designed the New National Gallery in Berlin
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s prominent work in architecture and furniture characterized the International Style, an elegant variety of Classic Modernism.

 

Ludwig Mies van Rohe Portrait