The Ten College Campuses with the Best Architecture



High School seniors are heading back to school, many beginning their search in earnest for their college of choice. There are many considerations when selecting a school, academics, location, size… and yes, Architecture.  The built environment has a profound effect on us all, creating a vibe and resultant culture.

Architectural Digest highlighted the ten US Campuses with the best architecture. Very interesting indeed. Before you read the list, do you recognize any of these structures?  Many of these prestigious campus’ are home to more than a single noteworthy building. If you want to learn a bit more about the building and architecture of each campus, click on an image to visit Architectural Digest’s article.

1.  University of Virginia, Architect Stanford White  2.  Harvard University, Le Corbusier  3.  Yale University, Gordon Brnshaft  4.  Brown University, Diller Scofidio + Renfro  5.  Florida Southern College, Frank Lloyd Wright  6. Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), Mies van der Rohe  7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Frank Gehry  8. Pratt Institute, Steven Holl  9.  Cornell University, Rem Koolhaas  10. Bennington College, Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects.

Images and excerpts sourced at Architectural Digest

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IIT Celebrates 75 Years of Mies

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In celebration of the 75th anniversary of Ludwig Mies van der Rohe’s arrival to Chicago, the Illinois Institute of Technology produced a video showcasing his work and influence in Chicago. Take a peek. I learned a few things! In addition to the substantial body of work on the IIT campus and the Chicago area, it also touches on how far reaching his stylistic influences are, identifying buildings completed by some of his students. If nothing else, the film is a beautiful showcase of Modernism’s clarity, beauty, and influence. Enjoy.

Sourced at the Architects Newspaper.

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Silver Clouds

Click here to view a beautiful Video of Andy Warhol’s Silver Clouds in Crown Hall at the Illinois Insitute of Technology. The exhibition was sponsored, approved and supported by The Mies van der Rohe Society, The Andy Warhol Museum, The Andy Warhol Foundation for the visual arts and Visual Arts and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image: The Andy Warhol Foundation.

In 1966, the Leo Castelli Gallery hosted a collaborative exhibit between artist Andy Warhol and engineer Billy Kluver. It created an ethereal, joyful atmosphere and challenged traditional expectations of art by mingling with and touching the viewer. Kluver’s knowledge of technology helped bring Warhol’s vision to life. The clouds, filled with helium and oxygen, floated through the gallery on air currents, bumping into each other and into viewers in the space.


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The Barcelona Chair

Archival photo of Barcelona chairs in S.R. Crown Hall from Lifemagazine (Frank Scherschel, 1956; Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images).

The Mies van der Rohe society recently celebrated the 125th birthday of Architect Mies van der Rohe with exhibitions, speakers and events. As part of the festivities, Michael Jefferson of Wright auction house presented a history of the Barcelona chair and offered perspective on Mies furniture at auction. Watch this video of Michael’s presentation on this classic design icon, and learn how to tell a the difference between an authentic Mies, and a knock-off. Michael reviews elements of material, construction and proportion to look for.  The talk includes some interesting details about the chairs development as well as appraised values found at auction.


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