Ludwig Mies van der Rohe

Numerous websites, books and articles provide more information about Mies and his work.


One of the best sources is the Mies van der Rohe Society website.

The Illinois Institute of Technology has a wealth of information available online including an extensive Mies bibliography in its library catalog. Click here to access.

The Museum of Modern Art has an archive with more than 20,000 sketches, presentation drawings, working drawings, blueprints, architectural models and furniture designs by Mies and his associate Lilly Reich. It also contains nearly 60 years of business correspondence. (Mies’s personal correspondence is in the Library of Congress).

The Art Institute of Chicago has two Mies archives.

The Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Collection (1929 – 1969, bulk 1948 – 1960) contains materials from Mies’s days at the Armour Institute of Technology. The collection “includes correspondence with students, colleagues and visiting faculty, publicity material, newspaper and periodical articles, curriculum documents, and faculty memoranda.” Click here to access information about this collection.

The Ludwig Mies van der Rohe/Metropolitan Structures Collection (1961-1969) contains a variety of printed matter on the design development, construction and leasing of the Mies projects. Click here to access information about this collection.


“Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography” (Franz Schulze, 1985).
Excellent source of information about Mies.

“Mies van der Rohe: A Critical Biography” New and Revised Edition (Franz Schulze & Edward Windhorst, 2012)
Even more information about Mies, his work, and his life.

“Mies in America” (Phyllis Lambert, editor, 2001).
Lengthy book containing a wealth of information about Mies, as well as many pages devoted to the 860|880 buildings.

“Mies van der Rohe” (Jean-Louis Cohen, 1996 English language edition).
Focuses on what the author describes as “… a limited number of designs and structures, which are described in depth….”

“Conversations with Mies van der Rohe” (Moises Puente, editor, 2008 English language edition).
Records Mies’s thoughts about his work and architecture in general.


“Mies: A Guide – Mies van der Rohe in Chicago” (The Museum of Contemporary Art, 1996).
Offers a summary of Mies’s career as well as brief descriptions of 11 of Mies’s buildings in Chicago, including the 860|880 buildings.






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