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Forbes: America's Most Beautiful College Campuses

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Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, Illinois

From 1938 to 1958, the IIT School of Architecture was chaired by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. His extremely ambitious master plan for the campus includes 20 of his works. Unlike classical campus layouts with their quadrangles, brick or limestone buildings, and sweeping lawns, this one was designed with an emphasis on industrial materials, such as steel and glass, and inspired by the look of factories and warehouses. The American Institute of Architects has recognized the campus as one of the 200 most significant works of architecture in the United States.

(Photo: Ray Laskowitz/Lonely Planet Images/Newscom)

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