Architecture

McNair Building, 1966

Walter Netsch
Dark grey building with windows and black frames situated on a busy street.

Walter Netsch, McNair Building, 1966.

Location
Building 37
Artist
Walter Netsch
Acquired
1966

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.