Of his namesake Hall, William Wurster, dean the School of Architecture (now the College of Environmental Design) said, "I wanted it to look like a ruin that no regent would like. ... It's absolutely unfinished, uncouth, and brilliantly strong." Wurster, who died in 1973, got his wish. The regents were not pleased with the ponderous concrete structure and its drab looming tower. But while critics scoffed, Wurster maintained the design was in fact decades ahead of its time. "Our building," he said, "will take 20 years to arrive."