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$27 million for school at Notre Dame

– The University of Notre Dame is planning to expand its School of Architecture programs and construct a new building named for a Chicago-area couple donating $27 million toward the project.

The donation announced Friday is coming from Matthew and Joyce Walsh of Burr Ridge, Ill. Matthew Walsh is a 1968 Notre Dame graduate and co-chairman of the Chicago-based Walsh Construction Co.

The School of Architecture’s expansion plans include adding graduate programs in historic preservation and real estate development, school Dean Michael Lykoudis told the South Bend Tribune.

The school now has about 250 undergraduate and 50 graduate students and will likely grow with the new programs, he said.

“We want to build a culture of people educated about the built environment,” Lykoudis said.

The 60,000-square-foot Walsh Family Hall of Architecture is expected to be built on the southern edge of campus on land that is now a parking lot. A construction timeline hasn’t yet been set.