John B. Murray Architect is an award-winning 20-person firm of architects, designers and administrative professionals. Since its formation twenty-five years ago JBMA has been lauded by its clients, recognized by contemporaries, and featured in numerous publications, such as Architectural Digest, The New York Times, Elle Decor, Galerie, Veranda, Luxe, and Town and Country. The firm continues to grow by relying on enduring client relationships and long-held collaborations with landscape architects, designers, artisans and builders. Starting with analytiques and frequently providing 3-D views and models, clients receive personal attention that results in a residence that reflects its context and seamlessly integrates sophisticated details and unique hardscapes. A John B. Murray Architect residence represents a commitment to a timeless aesthetic — a simplicity of form and supreme craftsmanship.



John B. Murray

John B. Murray

Born in Pasadena and raised in northwest Philadelphia, John graduated with honors from Carnegie Mellon University. Early in his New York apprenticeship, he discovered a love for residential architecture, which led to his joining Parish-Hadley Associates. During his tenure with Parish-Hadley, John began to refine his understanding and appreciation of the relationship between classical architecture and the ever-changing world of interior design. With the endorsement of Albert Hadley, John formed an architectural partnership, and, in 1997 founded his independent practice.

John serves on the national board of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art and is a member of the American Institute of Architects. John B. Murray Architect projects have received numerous Palladio and Stanford White Awards for distinguished classical architecture. The firm has published two monographs,
Contemporary Classical Architecture: John B. Murray (The Monacelli Press, 2018)
Classical Invention: The Architecture of John B. Murray (The Monacelli Press, 2013)

For John “the work of an architect is the ultimate puzzle. There are endless possibilities but truly only one best solution.” John loves to design and finds that working with clients to achieve solutions brings him the most professional satisfaction. He likes sitting down and thinking about what something should look like and thinks what sets his work apart is his doggedness to pursue perfection.

Happiness for John is a busy day of work, feeling a sense of accomplishment, enjoying daily walks with wife Elizabeth and their Lab, Lila. The proud father of Gabe, Luke and Jesse, when John isn’t working, he is an avid cyclist and hiker with ambitions to climb all the highest peaks east of the Mississippi.