The architect who coined the phrase “Less is more” and “God is in the details” is being honored today with a Google Doodle. Mies, along with other renowned Post World War I architects, helped usher in the modern era of architecture. His minimalism design style is reflected in his work such as S.R. Crown Hall at the Illinois Institute of Technology, where he was head of the architecture school, the Seagram Building in Midtown Manhattan and the Farnsworth House, in Plano, Illinois.
Mies migrated to the United States after Hitler’s rise to power in the 1930s. Here he had a remarkable career earning the AIA Gold Medal (the American Association of Architects’ highest honor) in 1960 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (awarded by President Lyndon Johnson). Happy 126th Birthday Mies van der Rohe.