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Dirk Denison Renovates the Mies Van Der Rohe Bailey Hall

11:00 - 7 August, 2019
Dirk Denison Renovates the Mies Van Der Rohe Bailey Hall, Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects
Courtesy of Dirk Denison Architects

The Mies van der Rohe residential building, the Bailey Hall built in 1955, at Illinois Institute of Technology will be subject to renovation works by Dirk Denison Architects. The Chicago-based firm will modernize the mechanical, structural, and interior works, modifying its original function, and introducing a new configuration to host up to 330 first- and second-year students, while the exterior will remain faithful to the original design and the ground floor lobby will still hold on to the Mies’ iconic recessed glass lobby.

31 Winners Announced for 2018 MCHAP Outstanding Projects Prize

14:53 - 25 May, 2018
31 Winners Announced for 2018 MCHAP Outstanding Projects Prize, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture by Adjaye Associates. Image © Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC
Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture by Adjaye Associates. Image © Alan Karchmer/NMAAHC

The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP) has announced the 31 winning schemes for the “2018 Outstanding Projects” award, chosen from 200 nominations. Awarded on a biennial basis, the awards seek to recognize the most distinguished architectural works built on the continents of North and South America.

The 31 projects will now form a shortlist for the MCHAP Prize, with winners to be announced in July 2018. Hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), the winner will be honored in a grand prize ceremony at Mies van der Rohe’s iconic Crown Hall in October. In the last series, top honors went to SANAA's Grace Farms in New Canaan, Connecticut, USA.

MCHAP Reveals Nominees for Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize 2016/2017

09:40 - 19 February, 2018
MCHAP Reveals Nominees for Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize 2016/2017, © Dean Kaufman. ImageGrace Farms de SANAA, la obra ganadora del Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize 2014/2015
© Dean Kaufman. ImageGrace Farms de SANAA, la obra ganadora del Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize 2014/2015

The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize has revealed the list of nominees for this year's awards, which seeks to recognize the most distinguished architectural works built on the continents of North and South America. Awarded on a biennial basis, this year’s award will consider projects built between 2016 and 2017.

Call for Papers Chicago Schools: Authors, Audiences and History

19:30 - 6 May, 2017
Call for Papers Chicago Schools: Authors, Audiences and History, Symposium poster, please feel free to share.
Symposium poster, please feel free to share.

“Chicago Schools” is an international peer-reviewed graduate student symposium that explores the interplay between the individual and collective in the process of making history. The symposium, hosted by the IIT College of Architecture PhD Program in partnership with the Chicago Architecture Biennial, will engage with and enhance the dialogue around the Biennial theme, “Make New History,” by highlighting graduate student contributions in architecture, design, humanities, and architectural and urban history. Papers may revisit past and present Chicago Schools - from Henry van Brunt’s "School" and William James’ "Chicago School of Thought" to Sigfried Giedion’s "Chicago School of Architecture,” and beyond - as well as the emergence of new historiographic and architectural traditions within a global context.

SANAA's Grace Farms Wins the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize

22:00 - 19 October, 2016
SANAA's Grace Farms Wins the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize, © Dean Kaufman
© Dean Kaufman

SANAA’s Grace Farms has been announced as the winner of the 2014/2015 Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize (MCHAP), recognizing the most distinguished architectural works built on the North and South American continents.

The project was selected from a shortlist of seven finalists, joining Alvaro Siza’s Iberê Camargo Foundation and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road as winners of the highly-regarded prize.

“Among a strong group of projects Grace Farms emerged as a clear winner for the clarity and consistency of its architectural solution,” said Stan Allen, MCHAP Jury President.

“The jury was struck by the radical way in which the line between architecture and landscape is blurred by the ‘River’ building. The firsthand experience of the building reveals a confident realization and the immediacy of its detailing. Finally, the Grace Farms project uniquely demonstrates architecture’s capacity to make a place for an innovative new institution.”

 Learn more about the project after the break.

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MCHAP Announces Nominees for their 2014/2015 Prizes

11:15 - 11 March, 2016
MCHAP Announces Nominees for their 2014/2015 Prizes

The Mies Crown Hall Americas Prize has announced the nominees for this year's MCHAP awards, the biennial prize hosted by the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) to award the best projects in the Americas. Following on from their inaugural prize in 2014 which awarded the best projects of the 21st century up to 2013, this year's awards will focus on the best architecture from 2014 and 2015, and the nominee list features 175 projects in the main MCHAP awards and 55 in the MCHAP.emerge awards.

In 2014, the prize was shared by Álvaro Siza's Iberê Camargo Foundation and Herzog & de Meuron’s 1111 Lincoln Road, while the MCHAP.emerge prize was won by Pezo von Ellrichshausen's for their Poli House. The winners of the two prizes this year will join this short and prestigious list, and also receive funding of $50,000 and $25,000, respectively, in support of research and a publication related to the theme of "Rethinking Metropolis." You can view the full list of nominees of the MCHAP award here, and the full list of nominees for the MCHAP.emerge prize here.

Exploring Chicago's Architectural Legacy Through 5 Exceptional Projects

08:00 - 16 November, 2015
Exploring Chicago's Architectural Legacy Through 5 Exceptional Projects, The Chicago Skyline. © Joseph Sohm / shutterstock.com
The Chicago Skyline. © Joseph Sohm / shutterstock.com

Chicago has long been known for distinctive architecture, and this year’s inaugural Chicago Architecture Biennial has only furthered that reputation. Although it is nearly impossible to narrow down the countless iconic structures, in celebration of the Biennial, we have compiled five Chicago buildings that highlight the many phases of the city’s architectural history.

Dutch Architect Wiel Arets Named Dean of IIT's College of Architecture

15:00 - 7 August, 2012
Courtesy of IIT
Courtesy of IIT

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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10 College Campuses with the Best Architecture

13:00 - 31 August, 2011
Photo by Rex Hammock
Photo by Rex Hammock

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.

AIA Chicago Distinguished Building Honor Award for the Field Chapel

11:00 - 4 November, 2010
© Brigida Gonzalez
© Brigida Gonzalez

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.