Dirk brings a distinguished career of excellence and a rich family legacy of architectural innovation. He studied architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology under the tutelage of his grandfather, Mies van der Rohe, and worked closely with Mies on projects such as the New National Gallery in Berlin, the landmark IBM office tower in Chicago, the Mansion House in London, and the Toronto Dominion Center.
He is passionate about design and, for each new opportunity, looks to understand the local culture and their aspirations to develop an innovative and modern, yet timeless design aesthetic. He seeks to humanize modernism by infusing local traditions, colors, and textures to enrich the overall design and to enhance the overall experience.
Dirk's achievements have been recognized with many awards, including being appointed a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Over his lifetime, he has produced an impressive portfolio, including the McDonald’s Corporate Headquarters Campus, the John G. Shedd Oceanarium, the Soldier Field stadium expansion and renovation, and many other projects of note.