Walter Netsch, Bldg. 38

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Walter Netsch

Fairchild Buildings, 1971

Architecture


Walter Netsch was born in 1920 in Chicago and studied architecture at MIT, graduating in 1943. In 1947, after a stint in the Army Corps of Engineers and working with L. Morgan Yost in Chicago, he joined the San Francisco office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM). He transferred to the Chicago office of SOM in 1951, where he became a partner and worked until his retirement in 1979.


Netsch developed a methodology of ordering space known as Field Theory. In addition to MIT’s complex of Fairchild buildings, he created designs for Inland Steel Building, Chicago; the Mayo Clinic; the east wing of the Art Institute of Chicago; U.S. Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs; Regenstein Libraries at Northwestern University and the University of Chicago.


Building Number: 38

Accession Number: 5000.16