Mies van der Rohe’s design for the IIT campus is widely considered to be a masterful integration of architecture and planning. Appropriately, its principal open space, the field north of Crown Hall, was selected to be the first project implemented under the 1999 Landscape Master Plan. The brief was very specific: to create a “special, honorific, and welcoming landscape…that marks arrival at the center of the IIT campus.” Hoerr Schaudt’s design shapes a sunken, almost rectangular lawn that gently curves to accommodate an existing grove of mature honey locusts. The subtle change in topography provides a large, multi-use outdoor space as well as the opportunity for informal seating on the lawn slopes. In a nod to the region and Mies’ landscape architect, Alfred Caldwell, the planting plan and palette are in the prairie style.