Professor Murray teaches design studios and seminars and served as the inaugural Chair of the Building Performance Program at the Illinois School of Architecture. He is currently a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Technology ׀ Architecture + Design (TAD). As a licensed architect since 2000, Professor Murray has worked on a variety of building projects ranging in scale from single-family houses to skyscrapers.

His current research and design work focus on the technological and cultural significance of contemporary architecture, with an emphasis on innovative building-envelope design and the interactions of architecture and nature. He is the author of the books Contemporary Curtain Wall Architecture (Princeton Architectural Press) and Translucent Building Skins (Routledge). His research has been supported by grants from the Graham Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, and the Campus Research Board at the University of Illinois. He also maintains a design practice based in Urbana, Illinois, which has been recognized with national design awards for projects including a proposal for affordable multi-unit housing in New York City and a residential addition built in Champaign, Illinois. 

Professor Murray has been included on the University’s List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for more than 30 classes taught since 2005.


M.Arch., Harvard University, 1996.
BS in Arch Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1993.