In late September, The American Institute of Architects Ohio Chapter awarded its distinguished AIA Ohio Gold Medal Award to Elizabeth Corbin Murphy, FAIA, (B.Arch ’77). Murphy is managing principal of Chambers, Murphy & Burge Restoration Architects in Akron. The AIA Ohio Gold Medal is the highest honor that AIA Ohio bestows on an individual, recognizing exemplary service to the profession, the organization, and design excellence.
Murphy is Principal, Firm Owner, Architect, Technical Preservation Specialist, and Professor of Practice. She also holds a Master’s Degree in Architecture in Preservation from Kent State University. As Professor of Practice at Kent State, Murphy teaches a course called “Exploring Historic Structures” to provide students with training in building documentation according to the Historic American Building Survey.
Chambers, Murphy & Burge recycle old or historic structures for new uses and restore landmarks with strict conservation standards. As a highly respected preservation architect, Murphy authored a study for the State of Ohio on the compatibility of the Secretary of the Interior Standards for Rehabilitation and the Ohio Basic Building Code as it applies to historic structures.
Murphy lends her expertise across the United States on such buildings as Henry Ford Estate (Dearborn, MI), Edsel and Eleanor Estate (Grosse Pointe Shores, MI), Ohio Courts Building (Columbus), Dallas County Courthouse (Dallas, TX), and the Fasano House at Alfred University (Alfred, NY).