As a presence, he will live on in his legacy of work and mentorship.
The world, the architectural world in particular, mourns the loss of Walter Netsch, whose architectural Field Theory borrowed from quantum physics to describe the infinite number of variations that are possible from something as basic as the square. He joined Skidmore Owings & Merrill in 1947--where he thrived for 32 years--and was lead designer for the Air Force Academy Chapel, with its 17 angular spires soaring skyward. The building is the 1996 AIA Twenty-five Year Award recipient and the 51st selection in the America's 150 Favorite Architecture selections. Among his huge body of work is also the Inland Steel building in Chicago, which foreshadowed the re-emergence of Chicago as a vanguard of architectural excellence. For more insight into Walter Netsch, visit this Art Institute of Chicago site.
AIArchitect will have a more complete remembrance in the July 11 issue.