Class of 1980

Pat Sapinsley MArch ’80 Writes About New York’s Green Legislation Issues

Pat Sapinsley MAR '80

Pat Sapinsley MArch ’80 has published an article in Craine’s New York Business on New York’s green legislation and a few lingering issues to be resolved.

She writes, “With the Climate Mobilization Act passed in April, New York City is leading the nation in Green New Deal legislation. The centerpiece of the legislation outlines how buildings over 25,000 square feet are to reduce carbon emissions; it is a crucial element in the city’s overall goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. Buildings—which burn fossil fuels on site to generate heat and often have inefficient HVAC systems and poorly installed windows—represent 70% of those emissions. However, in order to achieve our goals, we have a few thorny issues to resolve.

For the three key points of Sapinsley’s piece, read the full article here.

Pat Sapinsley is managing director of the Cleantech Initiatives at the Urban Future Lab, NYU Tandon School of Engineering.


posted October, 2019

In Memoriam: Richard T. Murphy, FASLA, MLA ’80

GSD Alumni Council member Richard T. Murphy, FASLA, MLA ’80 died unexpectedly on July 4, 2019 at age 67.

He was born in St. Paul, MN on February 21, 1952 to Richard Tenner Murphy, Sr. and Helen Duffy Murphy. He received his high school degree from St. Thomas Academy, his BLA and MBA from the University of Minnesota and his MLA from Harvard University School of Design. He was a registered landscape architect for several years before entering his family’s business. At the time of his death, he was President and CEO of Murphy Warehouse Company.

In addition to serving on numerous professional and industry boards, he was a board member of Western National Life Insurance Company, Children’s MN Hospitals & Clinics, University of St. Thomas Family Business Center and MnDOT’s Transportation Policy & Economic Committee. Richard was extremely proud of his success in growing a small family business into what it is today. He took great pride in Murphy being recognized nationally for over 25 years of sustainability initiatives, from using native plants to solar power.

The joy in his life came from his children and granddaughter, traveling to remote parts of the world, attending music concerts with friends, walking around Lake Harriet, and teaching Professional Practice in the University of Michigan Landscape Architecture Department for over 25 years. He was a connoisseur and collector of rock and roll from the 60’s and 70’s. Each time the Rolling Stones went on tour, he was at one of their concerts. Even if it meant a trip out of state. Richard was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his children Alexandra (Robert), Tenner, Libby (Nils) and their daughter Frances, Madigan (Peter); former wife, Kay; siblings Laurie, Patrick (Dawn), Sharon, Maureen (Brian) Aro; and his niece and nephews.

Visitation is being held Thursday, July 11 from 4 – 7pm at Washburn-McReavy Edina Chapel, 5000 W. 50th St, Edina, 55436. Funeral services will be held on Friday, July 12 at 10:00am at Wayzata Community Church, 125 Wayzata Blvd E., Wayzata 55391. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a gift in memory of Richard to the University of Michigan Foundation – Dept. of Landscape Architecture, PO Box 860266, Mpls, MN 55486-0266.

Link to the obituary.


posted July, 2019

Eleven Alumni Elevated to AIA College of Fellows 2018

Jonathan Barnes MArch '86, Eric Bunge MArch ’96, Chris Cooper MArch ’98, William B. Gallagher Jr. MAUD '86, Leonard Kady MArch '89, Rick Peterson MArch '88, Naomi Pollock MArch '85, Christopher Shears MArch ’80, James Susman MDes '88, Louis Wasserman MArch '74, Ellen Watts MArch '79

Eleven GSD alumni have been elevated by the 2018 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) to its prestigious College of Fellows. The honor recognizes architects who have “achieved a standard of excellence in the profession and made a significant contribution to architecture and society on a national level.” A ceremony honoring the new fellows will take place on June 22 at the AIA Conference on Architecture 2018 in New York City.

Congratulations to:

Jonathan Barnes MArch ’86

Eric Bunge MArch ’96

Chris Cooper MArch ’98

William B. Gallagher Jr. MAUD ’86

Leonard Kady MArch ’89

Rick Petersen MArch ’88

Naomi Pollock MArch ’85

Christopher Shears MArch ’80

James Susman MDes ’88

Louis Wasserman MArch ’74

Ellen Watts MArch ’79 

Read the AIA press release.

Image courtesy of the AIA College of Fellows.

posted April, 2018

Mark Schatz MArch ’80 Joins ELS Architecture and Urban Design as Principal

Mark Schatz MArch ‘80

Mark Schatz MArch ’80, FAIA, has joined ELS Architecture and Urban Design as principal. He will serve as director of programming and planning for community, library, and senior center design. Schatz brings more than 32 years practicing architecture in San Francisco, most recently as a principal with Field Paoli. He has focused his career on community design projects, including more than 50 libraries, community centers, recreation centers, and other neighborhood facilities, most of them in the Bay Area. He also teaches at U.C. Berkeley, where he heads the summer architectural internship program, and at California Polytechnic State University.

Image courtesy of ELS Architecture and Urban Design

posted July, 2017

Maria A. Villalobos H. MDes ’04, David Gouverneur Malakoff MAUD ’80, and Team Win National Architecture Award in Venezuela

Maria A. Villalobos H. MDes '04, David Gouverneur Malakoff MAUD '80

A project by Maria A. Villalobos H. MDes ’04 and Carla Urbina of Botanical City, along with key advisors David Gouverneur Malakoff MAUD ’80, Lourdes Peñaranda, and Francois Galletti, has won a National Architecture Award in Venezuela. Entitled “Botanical Urban Landscapes: Lessons from Roberto Burle Marx’s Botanical Garden in Maracaibo, Venezuela,” the project won in the Heritage Restoration Category, as well as the main National Award.

The XII National Biennial of Architecture marks a new milestone in the history of the Venezuelan Biennials, which begun in 1963 and has recognized the work of great architects and teams including: Carlos Raúl Villanueva, Tomás José Sanabria, Jesús Tenreiro, Universities, Tomás Lugo. This year for the first time, the National Prize is awarded to a Landscape Architecture Project and Restoration Work. It is also the first time that women are recognized.

Images courtsey of Maria A. Villalobos H. MDes ’04 and Carla Urbina.
Botanical City

posted March, 2017

Ritchie Smith MLA ’80 and Lissa Thompson MLA ’86 Honored by Tennessee ASLA

Ritchie Smith MLA '80 and Lissa Thompson MLA ’86

The Tennessee ASLA Chapter presented Ritchie Smith MLA ’80 and Lissa Thompson MLA ’86 an Honor Award for their design of the Pedestrian Plaza at the Memphis International Airport. Their firm, Ritchie Smith Associates, was recognized at the chapter’s annual meeting in Chattanooga. Read more about the project here.

February 2015

posted December, 2016

Patricia Sapinsley MArch ’80, RAE ’15 Named One of the Year’s Women in Architecture

Patricia Sapinsley MArch '80

Patricia Sapinsley MArch ’80, RAE ’15 named by Architectural Record as one of the year’s winners of the Women in Architecture Award. In the second year of the awards, AR celebrates five architects annually for their contributions to the field. The awards also strive to highlight the increasingly visible role women play in the profession. Ms. Sapinsley was singled out for “using her skills for effecting change in the public realm, and as Managing director of Cleantech Initiatives at New York University’s Urban Future Lab, Sapinsley brings together green technology and entrepreneurship to create a stronger marketplace for sustainable solutions.”

September 2015

posted December, 2016

Richard T. Murphy, Jr. MLA ’80 Honored for Leadership

Richard T. Murphy, Jr. MLA '80

Richard T. Murphy, Jr. MLA ’80 has been honored with two awards in 2016: Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal included Murphy on its inaugural list of Most Admired CEOs, and AARP and Pollen Midwest named him a “50 over 50” award winner. Both awards recognize Murphy for his industry leadership and his commitment to environmental sustainability. As president and CEO of Murphy Warehouse Company, Murphy puts design front and center in the management of this fourth-generation family business. From solar-powered and LED-lit facilities to stormwater-managed campuses surrounded by native prairies, Murphy’s robust list of sustainability initiatives includes energy savings and power generation, carbon sequestration, pollution abatement, recycling and resource management. A fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, Murphy views sustainable landscape design as a smart business strategy, and he is dedicated to elevating the profession throughout the broader business community.

December 2016

posted December, 2016