Walter Netsch Chronology

1920 Born February 23 in Chicago, IL
1934-1937 Attended Hyde Park High School, Chicago IL
1938 Postgraduate year at Leelanau School for Boys, Glen Arbor, MI
1939-1943 Studied at Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1943-1946 Served in United States Army Corps of Engineers, North Pacific
1946-1947 Designer for L. Morgan Yost, Kenilworth, IL
1947 Joined Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
1947-1949 Designed for SOM in Oak Ridge, TN
1949 Received honorable mention in the Progressive Architecture U. S. Junior Chamber of Commerce Architectural Competition
1950 Museum of Modern Art exhibition Recent Buildings by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill included a model of a shopping center at Del Monte by Netsch
1952 Elmdorf Air Force Hospital, Anchorage, AK
1953 Greyhound Service Garage, San Francisco, CA
1953-1954 Designed military air bases in Okinawa, Japan
1954 Plans for the Inland Steel Building, Chicago, IL
 

United States Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA

1954-1958 United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO
1954-1963 United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel, Colorado Springs, CO
1954-1974 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
1955 Named fellow of the American Institute of Architects
  The Academy Master Plan exhibition unveiled designs for the United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Museum, Colorado Springs, CO
  Made partner at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
1957 Museum of Modern Art exhibition Buildings for Business and Government included the designs for the United States Air Force Academy, New York, NY
1959 United States Air Force Academy dedication
  Harris Trust and Savings Bank (First expansion), Chicago, IL
1960 Skokie Public Library, Skokie, IL
1961-1965 University of Illinois at Chicago Campus, Chicago, IL
1962 University Library, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
 Hermann Union Building, Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago, IL
  Northwestern University Lakefill expansion plan, Evanston, IL
1963 Married Dawn Clark
1964 Received R.S. Reynolds Memorial Award for United States Air Force Academy Chapel
  Lake Forest Academy, Lake Forest, IL
1964-1970 Northwestern University Library, Evanston, IL
1965 Grinnell Forum Building, Grinnell, IA
  Awarded American Institute of Architects New York Chapter's Silver Medal of Design and Craftsmanship for Air Force Academy Chapel colored glass windows
1966 Lindheimer Astronomical Research Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL (razed 1995)
  Recipient of the National Society of Interior Designers Total Design Award for the University of Illinois Chicago Circle Campus
1967 Elected to College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects
  Children's Services Building, Administration Office Building, Chicago, IL
  Illinois State Bar Association Office Building, Springfield, IL
  John J. Madden Clinic, Maywood, IL
1968 Received Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts from Lawrence University, Appleton, WI
  Louis Jefferson Long Library, Wells College, Aurora, NY
1969 St. Matthew United Methodist Church, Chicago, IL
  Rebecca Crown Center, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
1970 Joseph Regenstein Library, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Behavioral Sciences Building, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Winner of the Concrete Contractors Association of Chicago’s Superior Craftsmanship Award for Northwestern University Library
  Newark New Town - In Town Development Plan, Newark, NJ
1971 O.T. Hogan Biological Sciences Research Building, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  Sunburst Youth Home, Neillsville, WI
  Pruitt-Igoe, core urban renewal plans, St. Louis, MO
  Detroit Paired New Towns, Conceptual Planning and Urban Design, Detroit, MI
  Art collection exhibited at the University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City, IA
1971-1980 Montgomery College, Takoma Park, MD
1972 Engineering Library remodeling, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  EE-RLE Fairchild Building, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA
  Lindquist Center, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  Basic Sciences Building, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  Frances Searle Building, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  Urban Design and Transportation Study, Indianapolis, IN
1973 Medical Sciences Library, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
  Operation Breakthrough, Design of Industrial Modular Housing System, Indianapolis, IN
  Poinciana New Town Master Plan, Poinciana, FL
  Westinghouse Electric Corporation Master Plan, Research Development Center and Site Development, Churchill Borough, PA
1974 Walter Netsch Home and Studio, Chicago, IL
  Barler Hall of Music, Wells College, Aurora, NY
  Henrietta Campbell Art Studio, Wells College, Aurora, NY
  John Wesley Powell Federal Building, National Headquarters for U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA
  The Organization of American States, Feasibility Study and Remodeling Programs, Washington, D.C.
  Received Honor Award for the Sunburst Youth Homes, Neillsville, WI from Wisconsin Architect
1975 Dirab Park, Master Plan for Wild Animal Reservation and Recreation Center, Riydah, Kingdom of Saudia Arabia
1975-1977 Harris Trust and Savings Bank (second expansion), Chicago, IL
1976 Art Institute of Chicago, East Wing, Chicago, IL
1977 Regenstein Music Building, Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
 

Seeley G. Mudd Library for Science and Engineering, Northwestern University,
Evanston, IL

1978 William G. and Marie Selby Public Library, Sarasota, FL
  Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH
  Mayo Clinic, Community Medicine Facility, Rochester, MN
  Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Regenstein Eye Center, Chicago, IL
  Received Honor Award and Bartlett Award from the American Institute of Architects
 Received Library Building Award, American Institute of Architects/American Library Association
1979 Central Library, Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan (original concept drawings)
  School of Music remodeling, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  Received Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Miami University, Oxford, OH
  Included in exhibition Transformations in American Architecture at Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
  Address on creativity at the Jungian Conference, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio
  Awarded certificate of Architectural Merit by the Association of School Business Officials
1979-1983 Expansion and renovation of the Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University Library, Fort Worth, TX
1980 Received Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL
  Included in exhibition Late Entries to the Chicago Tribune Competition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL
  Presentation at Fifth Aga Khan Architectural Seminar, "The Search for Form, Places of Public Gathering in Islam," (May 4-7, 1980), in Amman, Jordan
  Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN
1980-1984 Appointed by President Carter to the Commission on Fine Arts
1981 Exhibition at Zolla/Lieberman Gallery, Chicago, IL
  Mary Couts Burnett Library, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, TX
1983 Art collection exhibited at the Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH
1984Art collection exhibited at the Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame,
South Bend, IN
 The Peak Development, Hong Kong
  Three Student Housing Communities, University of Annaba, Annaba, Algeria
1984-1986 University of Blida, Blida, Algeria
1986 University of Tizi-Ouzou, Tizi-Ouzou, Algeria
1986-1987 Appointed President of the Board of Directors, Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL
1986-1989 Served as Commissioner of Chicago Park District, Chicago, IL
1990 Established private consulting practice, Chicago, IL
1991 Art collection exhibited at the Miami University Art Museum, Oxford, OH
  Received honorary Doctorate of Landscape Architecture from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
1995 Interviewed for Chicago Architects Oral History Project
1996United States Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel wins the American Institute of Architects 25-Year Award
2001 Awarded the Illinois Institute of Chicago's Excellence in Architecture Award
2002 Awarded the Daniel H. Burnham History Maker Award for Distinction in Architecture and Design by the Chicago Historical Society
2004 Air Force Academy Cadet Area dedicated as a National Historic Landmark and commemorative U.S. postage stamp issued
  Inducted as life member of Northwestern University Library Board of Governors
2006 Exhibit at Northwestern University Library
2007 Received AIA Lifetime Achievement Award
2008 Received honorary Doctor of Architecture degree from University of Illinois at Chicago
  Received Deering Family Award, Deering Society and Library Board of Governors, Northwestern University Library
  Walter A. Netsch, FAIA: A Critical Appreciation and Sourcebook published
  Died June 16 in Chicago, IL

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