Lindquist Center

Lindquist Center

Lindquist Center

What You'll Find Here

Lindquist Center North

  • College of Education
  • Center For Advanced Studies In Measurement & Assessment
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educational Policy and Leadership Studies
  • Iowa Testing Programs
  • Psychological and Quantitative Foundations
  • Realizing Educational And Career Hopes (REACH)
  • Rehabilitation and Counselor Education
  • Teaching and Learning Department
  • Teacher Leader Center
  • Classrooms and faculty offices

Lindquist Center South

  • Information Techology Services


240 South Madison Street
Formal Name: 
Lindquist Center
Walter Netsch of Skidmore Owings and Merrill, Chicago, Illinois

Lindquist Center is a particularly fitting commemoration of Everet F. Lindquist’s contributions to the University of Iowa. A professor of education, Lindquist developed the Iowa Test series as well as the electronic scoring machine that made it possible. These innovations, used by students nationwide, revolutionized skills testing and secured Lindquist’s place as a leader in the field. He set aside the profits from the Iowa Test for a fund dedicated to capital improvement and education-based research. Those resources were instrumental in the construction of the center that bears his name and has housed the University computer center and College of Education since its opening.
Designed by Walter Netsch, the architect responsible for the University of Illinois—Chicago Campus and the Air Force Academy and Chapel in Colorado Springs, the Lindquist Center displays some char- acteristic features of his academic buildings. Working with Field Theory, a design methodology he pioneered, Netsch created a geometric grid for the floor plan that also informs the elevation of the building. This method reverses the Modernist dictum of “form follows function” (Louis Sullivan), making it instead “function follows form.” The program of the building is made to fit into the preconceived geometry of the plan. At Lindquist the basic geometric shape that constitutes the “field” is the octagon/square. This geometry is also expressed on the exterior by projecting or recessed portions of octagons of unequal sides (four short and four long). Application of the Field Theory eliminated the need for interior hallways. Built in north and south phases of earthy brown brick, the main sections of the building are connected by an elevated bridge supported on attenuated pilotis. Incised marks on the building’s underside reflect an ideal geometry.
The courtyard of the Lindquist Center hosts one of the most noteworthy works of sculpture on the UI campus, Louise Nevelson’s Voyage.


The building is accessible to persons with disabilities. It is comprised of a north and south wing. The two wings of the building are connected on level three.

The building has several accessible entrances which are all equipped with power door openers. The main entrances to the north and south wings of the building are accessible via the central building courtyard and can be reached via a ramp from the west or from the parking area just to the southeast. The east entrance to the south wing is also accessed from the adjacent parking area. The north wing is accessed via a switchback sidewalk from South Capitol Street.
Designated accessible parking spaces are located in Parking Lot 3 across Madison Street to the west.
Various restrooms throughout the building are accessible. There is an accessible unisex restroom located on the first floor of the north wing next to the building elevator. There is an accessible unisex restroom located on the first floor of the south wing just inside the east entrance.
Each building wing contains an accessible elevator for access to all levels of the building.