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MBB is a women-owned architecture firm located in New York City and led by Mary Burnham, Jeffrey Murphy and Sara Grant. Founded in 1998, we are an an interdisciplinary studio that includes architects, preservationists, sustainability specialists, and interior designers. An award-winning firm that values diversity and collaboration, MBB’s practice is characterized by innovative programming, thoughtful space allocation and a focus on natural light and materials.

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MBB pursues design excellence through a multi-faceted approach encompassing research, engagement, contextual analysis, technological refinement and innovative design. Adept at structuring a highly collaborative design process, we work with our clients to create a powerful, shared vision for the future.

MBB creates sustainable and healthy buildings—with a staff of LEED-accredited professionals and Passive House designers, we design buildings that are good for the environment and the people who use them.

MBB has a strong commitment to civic engagement and leadership. Mary, Jeff and Sara serve on non-profit and educational boards, and hold leadership roles at the AIA, Architecture League and Van Alen Institute. Our team members serve on a variety of AIA committees, mentor City Tech students, advise on the AIA|NY’s prestigious Civic Leadership program, and sit on the Mayor’s Energy Code Advisory Panel.

With a proven 20-year track record, and a highly capable team offering a full range of services, MBB dedicates our full attention to executing each project at the highest level.

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Design Philosophy

MBB approaches every aspect of the design process with purpose. From the smallest detail to the largest, we create architecture that elevates the human experience.

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MBB values diversity and collaboration in designing rich and nuanced architecture that resonates with our diverse world. We believe architecture is a process of collective discovery through which the beauty, order and character of a building are realized. Our clients are our collaborators—we work together to create innovative solutions to their needs. A well-designed space is one that embodies conceptual elegance while supporting our client’s mission.

The environments we inhabit have a profound effect on us. Architecture is the setting for life.

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Sustainable Design

MBB creates sustainable, resilient and healthy buildings focused on the people who inhabit them. MBB is at the forefront of sustainable design, implementing precedent setting work at a variety of scales—from the first green roof on a New York City public school—to the City’s largest geothermal plant at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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MBB is well-versed in achieving LEED project certification—30% of our staff, including two of the firm’s partners, are LEED accredited. We have sustainability specialists and certified passive house designers on staff and are experienced in applying these sustainable design techniques to historic buildings, as well as new construction.

MBB participates on the AIA|NY Committee on the Environment; is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council; and has been invited to contribute to the NYC Mayor’s Energy Code Advisory Council reflecting our leadership role in this area. MBB is just one of 400 firms nationwide that signed onto the AIA’s 2030 Commitment—a call for all new buildings, developments and major renovations to be carbon neutral by 2030.

MBB is also a proud recipient of a 2019 AIA COTE Top Ten Award — architecture’s highest award for sustainable design—for our work at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

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Studio Culture

At MBB, we have created a collaborative studio environment where architects and designers can hone their skills, expand their knowledge and make positive contributions to the built environment and the communities we serve. Visit our Studio Culture page to learn more.