About Us

Now in its 25th year, John B. Murray Architect continues to draw upon the rich legacy of classicism to create timeless architecture that speaks to the needs, expectations and desires of contemporary life. Whether creating a country estate, a simple vernacular farmhouse, or a classic urban residence, John B. Murray Architect understands that no feature is too insignificant to be thoroughly studied and exceptionally crafted.

With the belief that great architecture starts with a strong architect/client relationship, John B. Murray Architect takes care to listen, learn, and ensure that the design process, from its inception to move in, is a pleasurable exploration and defining of its clients’ conceptions of fine living. In certain respects, the practice John has created resembles that of an old-world atelier. During the design development phase JBMA uses analytique drawings and 3-D models to consider overall composition as well as detail. The firm takes pride in forward-thinking collaborations with interior designers, landscape architects and builders; in optimal use of innovative energy-efficient and green building concepts; and incorporating leading-edge technologies. Engaging closely with clients and artisans, JBMA’s success lies in achieving an enduring architectural presence.

What services do you provide?

Architecture, Interior Design

How would you describe your style?

"John B. Murray Architect is rooted in classical design that provides a framework for timeless and contemporary living. Order, symmetry, logical flow, natural light, the latest in technology, and efficient systems are the pillars of a JBMA home."

Please describe a recently completed project or tell us about the bespoke service that you offer

"Here in a Renaissance-palazzo-style building originally designed by Schwartz & Gross Architects and completed in 1915 we were tasked with creating floor plans of gracious, open ease for entertaining. The penthouse stories of the building were 1989 additions designed by Polshek Partners. Combining two full-floor apartments as well as a rooftop Sunroom, we established a new triplex with art walls and all new lighting for the owners’ extensive art and photography collections.

With a highly detailed and encompassing program that includes individually composed moldings in all rooms, a new spiral staircase with custom bronze railing, the establishment of a new Living Room and fireplace, and the reconstruction of the Library fireplace, all three floors were totally reconstructed. Due to the bespoke nature of all interiors this project was in design and development for over two years, and was carefully defined in 277 architectural drawings. Enfilades were created on both interior floors to enhance movement and draw natural light into as many rooms as possible.

Each floor plate measures 4,200 square feet for a total reimagining of 8,400 square feet of interior spaces and the addition of a glass-enclosed Sunroom of 505 square feet. Additionally, we worked with the clients to design custom built-in and freestanding furniture pieces: a Kitchen banquette and table, Library table and Study desks."

Banner and Image 5: Francesco Lagnese; Image 1,3+4: Eric Piasecki; Image 2: Durston Saylor