About Scott Murray
Scott Murray is an Associate Professor in the School of Architecture, where he teaches design studios and seminars and has served as past Chair of the Building Performance Program Area. 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. He also maintains a design practice based in Urbana, Illinois, and serves on the Editorial Board of the journal Technology | Architecture + Design (TAD), an international peer-reviewed journal of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture. His architectural photography archive can be viewed on Instagram.
Professor Murray’s current research and design work focus on the cultural significance of architectural technologies, with an emphasis on innovative building-envelope design, the history of modern technology, 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 chapter on Paul Rudolph’s demolished Champaign building is included in the book Constructing Building Enclosures: Architectural History, Technology and Poetics in the Postwar Era (Routledge).
Professor Murray has been included on the University’s List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent for more than 40 classes taught since 2005. Student projects from his studios have received national recognition, including awards in ACSA national competitions, the Chicago Women in Architecture Scholarship Program, and the Society of American Registered Architects annual design awards.
- Master of Architecture, Harvard University Graduate School of Design (1996)
- Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1993)
Research and publications
Invited Book Chapter: Murray, Scott. “The Concrete Facades of Paul Rudolph’s Christian Science Building, 1965-1986” in Clifton Fordham, ed., Constructing Building Enclosures: Architectural History, Technology & Poetics in the Postwar Era (New York: Routledge, 2020), 192-211.
Invited Book Chapter: Murray, Scott. “A Monumental Absence: Paul Rudolph’s Christian Science Building (1965, demolished 1986),” in Anat Geva, ed., Modernism and American Mid-20th Century Sacred Architecture (New York: Routledge, 2019), 132-152.
Peer-Reviewed Article: Murray, Scott. “Architects and the Cultural Agency of Television: Frank Lloyd Wright on The Mike Wallace Interview, 1957,” Thresholds (MIT Department of Architecture) Vol. 46 (April 2018): 146-157.
Peer-Reviewed Article: Murray, Scott. “Critical Engagement: The Role of Ada Louise Huxtable in the Evolution of 2 Columbus Circle.” Journal of Architectural Education 70:2 (October 2016): 247-256.
Book: Murray, Scott. Translucent Building Skins: Material Innovations in Modern and Contemporary Architecture (New York: Routledge, 2013).
Book: Murray, Scott. Contemporary Curtain Wall Architecture (New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009).
Teaching and advising
- ARCH 576-EXP: Experimental Envelopes, Graduate Seminar
- ARCH 473: Architectural Design and Performance, Design Studio
- ARCH 573: Technology and Performance, Design Studio
- ARCH 475: Architectural Design and Development, Design Studio
- ARCH 576-CRW: Curtain Wall Design and Construction, Graduate Seminar
- ARCH 597: Special Problems in Architectural Design, Graduate Independent Study
- ARCH 401: Undergraduate Independent Study
- ARCH 373: Architecture and Landscape, Design Studio
- ARCH 374: Architecture and the City, Design Studio