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University of Illinois at Chicago, Behavioral Sciences Building


1007 W. Harrison St.
Enter from Harrison Street side


Near West Side


Sat, Oct 15: 9am - 5pm

Sun, Oct 16: 9am - 5pm

Photography Permitted Wheelchair Accessible


Walter Netsch (SOM), 1967



Walter Netsch considered the Behavioral Sciences Building to be his most sophisticated “Field Theory” design. Offices, classrooms, lecture halls and a large cafeteria interlock within the geometrically complicated mass of the building, an organic form grown from the rotation of overlapping squares. Navigating the maze-like interior is a challenge, but unexpected delights pop up at key junctures. Striking multi-story spaces are defined by massive sculptural concrete stairs.

Behind the Scenes

Get lost in this masterpiece of Walter Netsch’s “Field Theory.”