Michael Murphy

Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design


M.Arch, Harvard University GSD
B.A., University of Chicago


Michael Murphy is an architect, educator and writer, whose work focuses on how the built environment shapes our lives, our health, and our communities. Michael’s recent book, The Architecture of Health, traces the history of medical design and its attempt to align architecture with health outcomes. Michael’s new work looks at the ownership of the built environment and how sharing access can solve the climate and social crises we face. Michael is the current Thomas Ventulett Chair of Architecture at Georgia Tech, and serves on the board of MASS Design Group, which he founded and led until 2022; where he was the lead designer of such projects as the Butaro District Hospital, the National Memorial For Peace and Justice, and the forthcoming Embrace/King Memorial in Boston. Michael has a BA from University of Chicago, an M.Arch from Harvard graduate school of Design, and lives in Boston with his wife and two children. Michael is from Poughkeepsie New York.