Fairchild Buildings, 1971

Walter Netsch
Vertical image of a grey building with lots of windows featuring a stairwell inside the center panel of windows.

Walter Netsch, Fairchild Buildings, 1971.

Buildings 36, 38
Walter Netsch

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. Photo courtesy Northwestern University Archives