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Ludwig Mies van der Rohe: A Short Bio

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Widely regarded as a pioneer of 21st Century architecture, German-American Ludwig Mies van der Rohe made substantial contributions across design disciplines. Born in Aachen in 1886, he completed several apprenticeships in local stone-carving shops before joining the studio of Peter Behrens, (another pioneering architect of the time) in 1908.  The role marked the beginning of a long architectural career for the young Mies van der Rohe. While there, he was given a hand in several large-scale projects, including as construction manager of the Embassy of German Empire in St. Petersberg, Russia.

Despite his lack of formal architectural education, people soon started to notice Mies van der Rohe’s talent and he began to accept independent commissions. Much of his early work displayed elements of early 19th Century German domestic styles, however throughout much of his career the architect became famed for his uncluttered and ergonomic creations; something he himself…

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