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Mies van der Rohe *1886 Aachen, +1969 Chicago
(his actual name was Mies, "van der Rohe" was a name he adopted in 1922) Architect, designer, university lecturer. He was one of the most important and influential architects of the first half of the century. In his capacity as a lecturer and director at various schools of design and architecture, he directly influenced countless young architects. He learned stonecutting at the Aachen Dombauschule (1897-1900) from his father, a master mason. He worked from 1903-04 as the designer of stucco building decorations and moved to Berlin in 1905 where he began studies under Bruno Paul in 1907. From 1908-11 he worked among others with young colleagues Walter Gropius and Le Corbusier under the tutelage of Peter Behrens. At the age of 24, he took over the construction supervision of the German consulate in St. Petersburg. As of the early 1920s, he began working on plans for glass skyscrapers. In 1926 he became vice president of the Deutscher Werkbund and headed the major exhibition in 1927 at Stuttgart-Wiessenhof. In 1929, he built the German Pavilion at the International Exposition in Barcelona, a monument to the modern style for which he also designed the "Barcelona Chair". Mies van der Rohe was the last director of the Bauhaus (1930-33) that he closed in 1933 as the Nazi's came to power at the end of January 1933. After emigrating to the US (1937), he became head of the Illinois Institute of Architecture in Chicago and was instrumental in the development of modern architectural training. He designed numerous buildings for his institute from 1940-56, among them "Crown Hall" (1956) which is notable as one of the most beautiful buildings in modern architecture. Among his later works are the "Seagram Building" in New York (1954-58), a collaboration with Philip Johnson, and the New National Gallery (1962-67) in Berlin in which he perfected the open steel girder construction. He also adhered to his credo "less is more" in his capacity as a furniture designer and the same transparent construction principles he followed in architecture. Noteworthy examples: Cantilevered chairs "S 533" and "S256" (both 1927), Chair "Brno Nr. 255" and Lounge chair "258" (1930).
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