Kevin Roche on How He Got His Start—Nodding Off in an Interview With Eero Saarinen

The Pritzker Prize–winning architect reflects on his achievements and his mentor.

You came to the United States from Ireland in 1948, when you were 26, choosing to study with Mies van der Rohe at the Illinois Institute of Technology after also being accepted at both Yale and Harvard. You only stayed in Illinois for a year. Why?

I ran out of money and couldn’t continue paying for school. That’s the only reason. Mies didn’t know I’d left—he had absolutely no interest. 

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