born in 1886 Aachen, Germany
died in 1969 Chicago, USA
. without formal architectural training, became an apprentice in the office of furniture designer Bruno Paul in 1905.
. built his first house as an independent architect in 1907.
. was employed as a draftsman and designer in the office of Peter Behrens along with Walter Gropius until 1911.
. reestablished his practice as an independent architect in Berlin in 1912 until 1914 and after his military service and demobilization, until 1937.
. joined the Novembergruppe and served as its director or architectural exhibits between 1918 and 1925.
. from 1926 to 1932, served as the first vicepresident of the Deutscher Werkbund.
. in 1927, was the director and designer of the Werkbund Exhibition, "The Weissenhofsiedlung" in which sixteen architects of world renown, including Le Corbusier, Peter Behrens, Richard Docker, Hans Pelzig and Walter Gropius, were commissioned to design and build 320 white houses.
. created his most known furniture designs, including the Barcelona Chair (1929), MR Chairs (1926), Tugendhat Chair (1930) and Brno chair, couch and coffee table (1930) while working with the interior designer Lilly Reich in the German period.
. from 1930 to 1933, was the director of Bauhaus, until the school was closed by its own leadership under pressure from the Nazi regime.
. in 1930, was made a member of the Prussian Academy of Arts and Sciences.
. made his first trip to USA in 1937, followed in 1938 by his immigration.
. in 1938, was appointed Director of Architecture at the Armour Institute in Chicago (since 1944, the Illinois Institute of Technology).
. in 1944, became a US citizen.
. was awarded the Gold Medal of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1959, the AIA Gold Medal in 1960, the J. Lloyd Kimbrough Medal in 1961.
. was the first architect to receive the American Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963.
. after a long illness, died in Chicago on August 17, 1969, at the age of 83; after cremation, his ashes were buried near Chicago's other famous architects in Chicago Graceland Cemetery.
MR Chairs, 1926
Barcelona Chair, 1929
Barcelona Pavilion, 1930, in Barcelona, Spain
Tugendhat Chair, 1930
Brno Chair, 1930
Lafayette Park, 1956, in Detroit, USA
IBM Plaza, 1973 (constructed after his death), in Chicago, USA