I rarely go to the Google homepage, but I wound up there today and was surprised to see a Doodle very reminiscent of Crown Hall. Sure enough, it’s an homage to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe – or simply Mies as he was always referred to on campus while I was there1 – whose birthday was today in 1886. Very cool.
If Wikipedia is to be trusted, referring to him simply as Mies is widespread. I had always assumed this was an IIT-only thing given his importance to the campus and College of Architecture there. ↩︎