Mies van der Rohe : an architectural landmark in Barcelona

© National Gallery, Berlin, 1968

By Jacqueline Mainguy

It was at the 1929 International Exhibition in Barcelona that the architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe first exhibited his avant-garde talent. The German Pavilion was nestled in a wooded corner on the hill of Montjuic Park: Mies van der Rohe didn’t want to be crowded in by the many other international exhibitors. He was representing Germany, and welcomed the Spanish monarch Alfonso XIII as well as German officials. Through his building, Mies van der Rohe presented all the essential aspects of his architectural philosophy:  perfect symmetry, space, clarity, simplicity and minimalism. Continue reading

Fellows Connect in Chicago

Lucas Monsaingeon with Mary Brush in Chicago, July 2017

JULY 2017 – Currently conducting research travel in the United States, 2016 RMHP Fellow Lucas Monsaingeon was recently hosted in Chicago by 2005 Fellow Mary Brush, FAIA. In a fine example of RMHP network activity, Mary and Lucas were led on a tour of Chicago’s bridges by engineer Stan Kaderbek. Lucas was named Richard Morris Hunt Fellow in December 2015, after presenting the Paris jury with his research proposal, “Bridges: Monuments Balanced Above the Void.”

RMHP Final Reports Collection Takes Shape

Click here to access Mary Brush’s Final ReportMary Brush’s Final Report Published Online

The Collection of RMHP Final Reports just expanded with the addition of a second title, this time by Mary Brush, FAIA, Fellow 2005. This publication was made possible by the Sondra & Charles Gilman Foundation.

Based in Chicago, Illinois, Mary worked in prestigious firms such as Holabird & Root and Klein and Hoffman before starting her own firm, Brush Architects, LLC. Her academic background is brilliant: a Master of Architecture from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1994, an M.S. in Historic Preservation from PennDesign in 1991, following an undergraduate studies in architecture at William Smith College in Geneva, New York.


Mary Brush, Fellow 2005

As Walter J. Hainsfuther, FAIA, of Design Team, LLC, writes, “Mary has been recognized internationally for her work in preserving historic structures, with a particular emphasis on the building envelope, over her entire career”. Her career perfectly illustrates an idea evoked by 2013 Rome Prize laureat Tom Mayes: “The notion that old places matter is not primarily about the past. It is about why old places matter to people today and for the future. It is about why old places are critical to people’s sense of who they are, to their capacity to find meaning in their lives, and to see a future.”

Mary, with the sensibilities drawn from her French roots, has always been attracted by France. The Richard Morris Hunt Prize has given her the possibility of increasing her knowledge, of exchanging and finally sharing it. In this way, she fits perfectly with our goal.

We wish to recognize to the patient and dedicated technical work of Javier Guillén Jimenez, who was able to format the original 2005 document and adapt it in the two languages for publication on this website. He deserves all our thanks.

Click here to access Mary Brush’s Final Report


Announcing a Giant Leap Forward

Richard Morris Hunt Prize Final Reports Coming Online

Today we make an important advance in the development of the Richard Morris Hunt Prize by making accessible the research of our Fellows and Scholars.
This was made possible by a generous donation from the Sondra & Charles Gilman Foundation.

″It is our pleasure to be able to help the distribution through this website of such an important achievement in architectural research that cements the friendship between the French and American architects.                                       Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzales-Falla

The Final Reports are one of the tangible results of the work accomplished by our Fellows and Scholars. The Hunt Prize has the ambition of becoming a source of richness for the architectural profession.

We are pleased to announce the online publication of the Final Report produced by our first Scholar, the French architect Isabmichard-couvertureelle Michard, Architecte et Urbaniste de l’Etat, Architecte des Bâtiments de France, Cheffe du Service Territorial de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine (STAP) de Seine et Marne. Isabelle produced her report in 2012.

As remarked Mireille Grubert, Director of the Ecole de Chaillot, “The richness of the experiences exchanged between the two countries, which we often discuss in a theoretical way, are given concrete expression thanks to Isabelle Michard and the Richard Morris Hunt Prize. Her topic of research, Re-Use of Former Industrial Sites in the United States, combines aspects of urban planning, landscape, and economy to bring attention to industrial wastelands, a subject still poorly understood.”

Click here to access Isabelle Michard’s Final Report