Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) Provost Alan Cramb announced today the appointment of Wiel Arets as the new dean of the IIT College of Architecture. Born in the Netherlands, Arets, an internationally acclaimed architect, educator, industrial designer, theorist, and urbanist, is known for his academic progressive research and hybrid design solutions. He is currently the professor of building planning and design at the Berlin University of the Arts. His architecture and design practice, Wiel Arets Architects, has multiple studios throughout Europe and its work has been nominated for the European Union’s celebrated ‘Mies van der Rohe Award’ on numerous occasions.
Arets, who was dean of the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam from 1995-2002, will join IIT this fall and will lead an academic program originally shaped by the vision and work of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Considered by many to be one of the founders of modern architecture and design, Mies chaired the IIT architecture program from 1938-1958 and designed the IIT Main Campus, home to many of his iconic structures including S.R. Crown Hall.
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Architectural Digest has compiled a list of college campuses throughout the United States which have the most remarkable architectural traditions, which broadcast their innovative philosophy through design. A number of colleges have fully incorporated modern architecture into their campus schemes, for example MIT; while others have preserved their historical edifices through the course of the years, like the University of Virginia. The list involves some prestigious institutions, in addition to some surprises, all possessing their individual architectural languages.
See the 10 College Campuses with the Best Architecture after the break.
In a very rare and prestigious occasion the students of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology received the award for 2010 AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Honor Award. The Field Chapel in Baden-Wurttemberg Germany was part of Professor Frank Flury’s 2009 Design/Build studio. Here you can check out our featured article about this project with photographs and sketches of the whole design/build process.
Jurors were quoted stating the following about the Field Chapel, ” we’re not able to contain our enthusiasm”, and “it’s such an honest building”. One final juror noted that, “before I came here today, I didn’t want to see yet another building made out of sticks. But I saw a great one here.”
Architects: Students of the College of Architecture at Illinois Institute of Technology
Location: Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
Design Team: Jeffrey Burke, Andrew Clark, Carlie Douglas, Guanmin Hao, Kevin Kamien, Megan Lawler, Joseph Luciani, Juliana Masci, James Mellom, Milanko Milesic, Zhao Quian, John Ruffalo, Seth Ellsworth, Jeffrey Johnson , Lexie Manke
Associate Architects: Ecker Architekten
General Contractor: Professor Frank Flury
Client: Lutheran Church of Bodigheim, Germany
Project Year: 2009
Photographs: Brigida Gonzalez
You can check the project on our previous article.
Field Chapel in Boedigheim / Students of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology
Architects: Students of the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology, led by Professor Frank Flury
Local architect: Ecker Architekten
Location: Boedigheim, Germany
Client: Protestant Church of Bödigheim
Project year: 2009
Photographs: Robert Piotrowski, Dea Ecker, Klaus Hilger & John Ruffalo, Brigida Gonzalez
Website: Flurkapelle Buchen/Bödigheim