Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Gravestone (1886-1969)
Mies was an architect widely regarded as one of the pioneering masters of modern architecture. He created an influential Twentieth-Century architectural style, stated with extreme clarity and simplicity. His mature buildings made use of modern materials such as industrial steel and plate glass to define austere but elegant spaces. He developed the use of exposed steel structure and glass to enclose and define space, striving for an architecture with a minimal framework of structural order balanced against the implied freedom of open space. He called his buildings "skin and bones" architecture. He sought a rational approach that would guide the creative process of architectural design, and is known for his use of the aphorisms “Less is more” and "God is in the details".
He also worked at the chair of Illinois Institute of Art's architecture department and created the plans for Crown Hall.