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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Born in: 1886

Germany

Biography
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe is a German architect and designer, born in 1886 and passed away in 1969. He worked in the family business of stone carvers, before working in various architect and designers' officers. He mostly worked for Peter Behrens from 1908 till 1912, and the latter inspired him to develop his skills in design, mostly influenced by Prussian classicism. His innovative creations combine glass and steel. While working as an architect and designer, Mies contributed a lot to architectural philosophies during late 1920's, and got involved in the Bauhaus movement. During the 30's, he was the director of the Bauhaus art school in Dessau and Berlin, before exiling to USA due to the rise of Nazism in 1938. He was already acknowledged in the USA, due to his former job as the director of Bauhaus and his talents as an architect. In his architectural creations like "Less is more", the exterior space is considered as an extension of the inner space. His creations gradually became more refined, and headed towards the idea of a more simplified architecture. Ludwig Mies van der Rohe gave importance to his creations but also contributed to the architecture department of Chicago's Armour Institute of Technology (later known as Illinois Institute of Technology or IIT). He decided to reorganize the campus. Some of his famous creations are still represented like at Crown Hall (headquarters of the architecture school of IIT).
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