Did you know that Saturday, September 29, 2018, was officially “The Conway School’s Opening Day in the City of Northampton”? So declared David Narkewicz in a Mayor’s Proclamation that he read before cutting the “ribbon” (surveyor’s tape) at the entrance to our new home in the renovated historic Coach House in Village Hill, Northampton. (Read more about our new home here: The Coach House)

Over a hundred and twenty alums, friends, and neighbors joined us to celebrate the grand opening and tour the new campus – several highlights are below. What a day!

Conway’s Board Chair Keith Ross welcomed everyone to the Grand Opening of the Coach House (Photo: Bill Dwight); Conway School founder Walt Cudnohufsky and Mayor David Narkewicz shake hands following the ribbon cutting (Photo: Andrew Kilduff ’17).

Administrative Director Priscilla Novitt ’07 addressed alums and friends from behind the “ribbon” – survey tape tied between two tripods. Executive Director Bruce Stedman ’78 spoke about the school’s plans to secure the future of the institution (Photos: Andrew Kilduff ’17).

Left: Northampton Mayor David Narkewicz (in green tie) cuts the ribbon with help from Administrative Director Priscilla Novitt ’07, Coach House developer Mark Sullivan of DA Sullivan & Sons, Conway Board Chair Keith Ross, and Trustee Mollie Babize ’84. Right: Keith Ross and Mayor Narkewicz with the Mayor’s Proclamation (Photos: Andrew Kilduff ’17).

Faculty member Kim Erslev and Campus Manager Dave Weber ’15 were both instrumental in getting Conway to its new home. (Photos: L: Dave Weber ’15; R: Andrew Kilduff ’17)

Left: Executive Director Bruce Stedman ’78 points out the location of Conway’s new campus on a historic map of the City (Photo: Andrew Kilduff ’17); Right: Members of the Class of 2009 (and perhaps the Class of 2029?) enjoyed catching up. L to R: Kate Gehron ’09, Cyndy Fine ’09, Jenna Webster ’09, Jonathan Cooper ’09 (holding daughter June), Kate Benisek ’09 (holding daughter Ingrid), Logan Axelson (Photo courtesy Cyndy Fine ’09)

Left: Photos of all 46 Conway classes lined the walls of the new conference room; Right: Renee Ruhl ’18 (in stripes) and her partner Christopher Hayner (at left) visit with faculty member Bas Gutwein (center). (Photos: Andrew Kilduff ’17)

Robin MacEwan ’04 and her partner Fritha Pengelly take a closer look at a neighborhood map posted in our new conference room. (Photos: Andrew Kilduff ’17)

Left: Conway School founder Walt Cudnohufsky catches up with Carrie Makover ’86 and friend Richard Stein; Right: Alums and friends enjoy a slideshow alongside delicious pie (donated by the local Pie Bar) and other treats in the new library and classroom. (Photos: Andrew Kilduff ’17)

Left: Emma Vautour ’17 and Theresa Sprague ’08 (Vice Chair of Conway’s Board of Trustees) work together on Cape Cod; Right: Photos tracing the renovation process at the Coach House were pinned up in the new library and classroom. (Stay tuned for a future blog post sharing these!) (Photos: Andrew Kilduff ’17)

Left: Wenda Habenicht and David Cox ’76 with Academic Director Ken Byrne (Photo: Bill Dwight); Right: Susanna Adams ’78 and Carrie Makover ’86 chat by the students’ flat file storage (Photo: Andrew Kilduff ’17)

Left: Susan Cudnohufsky shares a laugh with Development Coordinator Michele VanLandingham (Photo: Bill Dwight); Right: In the midst of the celebration, a current student consults with faculty member Bas Gutwein on a tricky base map question (Photo: Andrew Kilduff ’17)

A floor plan of our new 5,000 square foot home (highlighting how close we are to downtown Northampton, bicycle infrastructure, and community gardens and trails).


Northampton Mayor David J. Narkewicz read an official Proclamation in honor of our Grand Opening, which reads:

The Conway School of Landscape Design Coach House Opening Day

September 29, 2018

WHEREAS, The Conway School of Landscape Design, founded in 1972, is committed to exploring, developing, practicing, and teaching design and planning of the land that is ecologically and socially sustainable; and

WHEREAS, Each year, through its ten-month accredited graduate program, a small number of Masters’ Degree students from diverse backgrounds learn a wide range of applied landscape studies, varying in scale from residences to regions; and

WHEREAS, The Conway School’s philosophy conforms with the City of Northampton’s vision for a sustainable, livable and vital city; and

WHEREAS, The Conway School is celebrating the Grand Opening ribbon-cutting at its new home in the historic Coach House at Village Hill in the City of Northampton;

THEREFORE, I, Mayor David J. Narkewicz, do hereby proclaim Saturday, September 29, 2018 to be The Conway School’s Opening Day in the City of Northampton and I encourage all residents to welcome and support this community institution.



Group photo at top of page: Some of the 120 friends and alums of the school who helped celebrate opening day at the Coach House in Village Hill, Northampton.  Photo by Andrew Kilduff ’17