Photo © Rick Lynn 2016

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (1886-1969), a

German-born architect and educator, is widely

acknowledged as one of the 20th century’s

greatest architects. By emphasizing open space

and revealing the industrial materials used in

construction, he helped define modern architecture.


Our built environment is meant to be lived in.

Mies’ buildings, beyond merely affecting our lives,

endow them with greater significance and beauty.

His buildings radiate the confidence, rationality,

and elegance of their creator and, free of

ornamentation and excess, confess the essential

elements of our lives. In our time, where there is

no limit to excess, Mies’ reductionist approach

is as pertinent as ever. As we reduce the

distractions and focus on the essential elements

of our environment and ourselves, we find they

are great, intricate, and beautiful. Less is more.

Photo © Rick Lynn 2016