Date of Graduation


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Degree Name

Bachelor of Architecture

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Terry, Laura

Committee Member/Reader

Folan, John

Committee Member/Second Reader

Morrissey, Sean


The method in which architects design space has the capacity to shape the manifestation of the built work. Architect Mies van der Rohe is one of the most noteworthy designers to exhibit this in his method of design: collage. This inquiry investigates the connection between the collages and the architecture of Mies van der Rohe, and how his use of collage defined the language of the architecture he created.

The investigation studied the collages and architecture of Mies van der Rohe through a design process investigation. Collages were made in the same language as Mies and used as a tool for making new discoveries about the architect's use of the method. A final analysis comparing these drawings, the drawings of Mies, and the architecture of Mies drew conclusions of the consequences of the method of collage in the architecture of Mies van der Rohe.

The inquiry determines that collage was the source of Mies van der Rohe's use of the grid and column and his consistent use of pattern in the perspective. It determines Mies's affinity for the one-point perspective to be about control in crafting the experience of the architecture.


Mies van der Rohe, Collage, Perspective, Photomontage, Architecture, Method