Leaving a Legacy

January 5th 2023 Comments: 2

Last week, we lost a very special teacher, mentor, and very good friend to us all, Gaines Thomas Blackwell.  While we mourn the loss, we celebrate his life, love and legacy. Gaines was a sort of academic curiosity; even in the collegiate free-for-all of the 1970s he was a something … [read more]

a towering achievement

April 21st 2016 Comments: 11

In the May issue of Traditional Home magazine, we have a nice spread on a Tudor estate we worked on that’s located in Salt Lake City. We designed extensive renovations and additions to this romantic house but one element on this historic estate consistently captures the hearts of visitors. Nestled … [read more]

farewell to a friend

July 10th 2014 Comments: 22

One such fellow was James Murray. James was among the first batch of interns from Auburn University (where Bobby McAlpine taught part time for almost a decade). James came aboard one summer, along with a very young Chris Tippett (who’s now a partner at McAlpine Tankersley). A Landscape Architecture student … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Team

dodgie: goodbye grande dame

February 5th 2013 Comments: 9

Dodgie Shaffer liked architecture, but she really loved architects. She married one, gave birth to another–who in turn married one. And, she was friends with, a confidant of, and mentor to countless others. But even a field as varied and far-flung as architecture is, it proved too small for her. … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Inspiration

granger carr: remembered

July 10th 2012 Comments: 10

David Granger Carr (pictured left and in front in a 1996 McAlpine Tankersley staff photo) worked alongside us for many years. His wicked sense of humor and Southern gothic charm kept us in smiles and tears for a youthful period in our firm’s history. ┬áHe began working as an assistant … [read more]

McAlpine Journal: Team