Carlo Scarpa's Castelvecchio Museum in Verona, Italy. Image courtesy of Robert McCarter.

Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture: Richard Murphy

March 18, 2019
6p Reception, 6:30p Lecture
Steinberg Auditorium

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Richard Murphy, director of Richard Murphy Architects Ltd., will deliver the annual Eugene J. Mackey Jr. Lecture on Carlo Scarpa's Castelvecchio Museum—the Italian architect's masterwork of renovation and transformation—in Verona, Italy.

An acknowledged authority on Scarpa, Murphy has written monographs on the Castelvecchio and the Querini Stampalia in Venice, as well as presenting a film for Channel 4. A revised and expanded second edition of the Castelvecchio monograph was published at the end of 2017. The lecture will focus on the way in which, in Scarpa's work on the Castelvecchio, extending from the 1950s to the 1970s, the architect effectively redefined the fields of architectural preservation, intervention in historic fabrics, and museum exhibit design.

Murphy will also give a lecture on his award-winning professional practice, on which two books have been published, at noon March 18 in Givens Hall, Rm. 113. Murphy founded the practice in Edinburgh in 1991. Since its inception, it has won 22 RIBA Awards, has been shortlisted for the Stirling Prize (twice) and the RIBA Lubetkin Award (once). In 2017 it won the RIAS Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award for its Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries.

The practice's work is wide-ranging and covers most sectors. It has built in all four countries of the United Kingdom, and in the Republic of Ireland, the Netherlands, Malta, Macedonia, and Sri Lanka. Two monographs have been published on the practice’s own work, and the practice has been the subject of exhibitions in Edinburgh, London, Denmark, and the United States, in addition to exhibiting in the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2004.

Murphy was educated at Newcastle and Edinburgh Universities and later taught at Edinburgh University. In 2006 Murphy was voted Scottish Architect of the Year by readers of Prospect Magazine, and in the Queen’s Honours List 2007, he was awarded an OBE. In his spare time he sings with the chorus of the Scottish Orchestra and pilots his Microlight G-RIBA around the skies of Scotland and beyond.

Murphy lives in a new house that he designed himself in the Edinburgh New Town World Heritage Site. In 2016 it was awarded a RIBA National Award and also won the RIBA/Channel 4 House of the Year Award.

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