Walter Gropius was one of the most influential modern designers, theorists, and educators of the twentieth century. Gropius came from an upper-middle class family that had already produced two architects – Gropius’s father as well as his great uncle, Martin Gropius, a student of Karl Freidrich Schinkel. After studying architecture in both Munich and Berlin, Gropius joined the firm of the influential architect and designer Peter Behrens where he met Mies van der Rohe and possibly Le Corbusier. As early as 1910, Gropius had become a member of the Deutscher Werkbund, and that same year he and fellow designer Adolf Meyer left Behren’s firm to establish their own practice. The new firm produced domestic... more.