Happy 126th birthday to Mies Van Der Rohe! Here in Chicago, he was one of the most influential architects in history citing ‘less is more’ and changing the way architecture was taught as well as the physical campus at the Illinois Institute of Technology where my husband studied architecture. Mies’ influence pushed towards a modern era of building using modern materials and simplistic design. Regarded as one of his best buildings, Crown Hall, on IIT’s campus that still stands and houses its school of architecture, is currently up on Google as the Google doodle in order to celebrate his birthday. It is one of my favorite buildings in Chicago. Not just for it’s design but, because I fondly remember picking up my husband there many times when he was studying or building models for studio classes at 3am. When we got engaged, I even asked him if it was possible for us to be married in or around the building but, we never looked into it.