Mies van der Rohe Birthday Party

Join the Mies van der Rohe Society and IIT College of Architecture on Thursday, March 24, 2022 at 6 p.m. to celebrate Mies’ 136th birthday and our successful fundraising efforts to rebuild the South Porch and steps of S.R. Crown Hall. Architect T. Gunny Harboe, FAIA, will talk about the current stage of the project. Enjoy a red carpet style cocktail party and mix and mingle with fellow alums and friends.

The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize exhibit will be on display with thought provoking architectural projects from North, South, and Central America. Founded in 2012, this biennial award at Illinois Tech recognizes excellence in built works of architecture in the Americas.

Venetia Stifler and Concert Dance Inc. will perform a brief dance piece at the South Porch as a crescendo to Dirk Lohan’s yearly toast to his grandfather, Mies. Lohan is a trustee emeritus and alum at Illinois Tech, a founding member of the Mies Society, and a fellow of the American Institute of Architects.

Additionally, the Mies Society is excited to announce their new fundraising project, Mies van der Rohe Society Gallery for Illinois Institute of Technology Campus & History and Auditorium, which will rehabilitate the current gallery and auditorium in the newly renamed Michael Paul Galvin Tower. The project is the subject of the Spring IPRO, Mindful Modern Building, taught by Mies Society Director, Cynthia Vranas Olsen (M.ARCH. ʼ01, Ph.D. ʼ17). Students will present their design ideas at Mies’ Birthday Celebration.

For more information and to register, please visit the Mies Society’s events page here.