UIC Art & Architecture Building

Chicago, IL

The Art & Architecture Building is an iconic part of the University of Illinois Chicago’s campus, famously designed in the brutalist style by renowned architect Walter Netsch. The 1966 building’s striking angular forms and geometric skylight windows are the embodiment of Netsch’s signature aesthetic known as “Field Theory.”

From 2015-2018, AltusWorks served as the Architect for a project to repair and restore the Art & Architecture Building’s envelope. AltusWorks performed a comprehensive assessment of the building envelope that included extensive testing of the roof, windows, and masonry; developed a detailed scope of work including design and construction documents; and oversaw the coordination and execution of construction services. Repair work, primarily roof patching and restoration of the windows and masonry walls, was planned with careful consideration to maintaining the original design features of this historic building, while also improving its energy efficiency for years to come.

UIC Art & Architecture Building during campus construction in the 1960s (photo from UIC Library archives)
Art & Architecture Building restored masonry.
Art & Architecture Building restored skylights