Dennis Brown | November 9, 2018
In a dedication ceremony Friday (Nov. 9), the University of Notre Dame will formally recognize Matthew and Joyce Walsh for the $33 million lead gift that has made possible a new home for the School of Architecture.
“This magnificent new facility reflects the unique character of our School of Architecture, while also providing our students and faculty with the very best in classroom, studio, office, library, workshop and public space,” said University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. “We cannot thank Matt and Joyce, together with other generous donors, enough for making this remarkable building a reality.”
Matt Walsh earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Notre Dame in 1968 and a law degree from Loyola University in 1972. Joyce Walsh earned a bachelor’s degree in French from Barat College. She has focused her time on raising their family and is a volunteer leader with Saint Ignatius College Prep. The Walshes reside in the Chicago suburb of Burr Ridge and have three grown children, Matthew IV, Sean and Erin. Both Erin and her husband, Mike Gibbons, are 1998 graduates of Notre Dame. In addition, the Walshes’ son Sean and son-in-law Mike both earned their EMBA degrees from Notre Dame.
After earning his law degree, Matt Walsh joined his family’s business, Walsh Construction, a Chicago firm that was founded by Matthew Myles Walsh in 1898. The firm has been involved in a wide range of projects, including rapid transit; highway and bridge work; educational, athletic and correctional facilities; office buildings; and wastewater and water treatment plants. It is the 15th largest contractor in the nation and employs more than 5,000 engineers and skilled tradesmen. Walsh and his brother Daniel are co-chairmen of the company.
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