Murphy Burnham & Buttrick (MBB), a multidisciplinary architecture firm based in the heart of New York City, offers a full range of design services for a broad spectrum of building types and project scopes. MBB’s diverse portfolio includes educational, residential, institutional, cultural, and civic projects, which range from planning and new construction to renovation and adaptive reuse. The three partners—Jeffrey Murphy, Mary Burnham, and Sara Grant—each bring unique perspective and skills to all the firm’s projects and share an urban sensibility that manifests in a highly contextual approach to design. Integral to MBB’s approach is a belief that sustainability is an essential component of architecture, one that extends beyond environmental stewardship to express the vital connection between our buildings and their surroundings. At the core of MBB’s ethos is the belief that thoughtful design can positively impact the human condition. Architecture is the setting for life.

With design expertise and technical knowledge gleaned from decades of experience, the firm’s partners have structured MBB to combine the production capabilities of a large firm with the personal attention that only a mid-size firm can consistently offer. The partners lead an interdisciplinary studio comprising thirty staff members including highly skilled architects, as well as a preservationist, a sustainability specialist, and an interior designer. The partners and their design team bring equal facility and detailed attention to every commission, from feasibility studies and master plans to full service design projects that blur the lines between context, buildings, landscapes, and interiors. MBB’s work is characterized by meticulous and innovative programming, a thoughtful and perceptive allocation of space, and a focus on natural light and materiality as critical design elements.

As a result of their work, MBB has long-standing relationships with many state and city regulatory agencies and is adept at navigating the complexities of permitting processes. MBB’s leadership role in complex projects includes demonstrated expertise in conceptual planning and in bringing diverse groups of stakeholders to consensus, as well as successfully partnering with clients in the fundraising efforts necessary to propel projects forward. MBB is adept at structuring a highly collaborative process, leveraging the strengths of all team members to create well-coordinated and cost-effective design solutions.

With a strong knowledge base and commitment to design excellence, MBB has been recognized with numerous design awards that celebrate their creative expertise, as well as their high level of client service and consummate professionalism. In 2016, MBB was one of only eight firms in the United States to receive a National Honor Award for Design Excellence from the American Institute of Architects. While MBB maintains a cutting edge expertise in utilizing innovative 21st century design and construction technologies, the firm’s approach to architecture and design remains steadfastly contextual and humanistic.