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Paul Murphy

Paul founded the company in 2007 and is responsible for the creative and strategic direction of the practice and has a passion for design and to develop his vision for thoughtful, innovative design.

Paul is a qualified architect with over 25 years’ experience in both the public and private sectors and has worked on a diverse range of projects ranging from £80k to £80m, designing a broad range of building types, involving masterplanning, new facilities and working with existing buildings.

Paul was educated at the Polytechnic of the Southbank, (now London South Bank University) and the Polytechnic of Central London (now University of Westminster), becoming a member of the RIBA in 1990. Paul began his architectural career in 1978 when he was trained and educated through an early form of apprenticeship scheme with the Property Services Agency (PSA), the UK Government’s property arm responsible for managing the Crown Estate.  During this time Paul worked on several key historic buildings in Whitehall. After gaining a distinction for his undergraduate degree, Paul was sponsored by the PSA to complete his full-time postgraduate course.

Following graduation, Paul went on to work for Avanti Architects, designing acute and primary healthcare projects as well as social housing schemes across London. In 1994, Paul joined Todd Architects as Partner and oversaw the set-up of their London practice, later becoming a director of the practice in 1997 and equity partner in 2001. Over this period Paul designed and delivered key projects in the UK and Ireland including: the masterplan and development of Kingston University’s Kingston Hill Campus, the 100,000sq ft business park in Bracknell and the 450,000sqft research, development and production space for Abbott Laboratories in Oxfordshire. 

Paul is a Design Council Built Environment Expert (BEE) and was elected as Secretary to Architects for Health in 2010. He is responsible for curating the annual Architects for Health Student Design Awards and has previously taught at undergraduate and diploma level at London’s South Bank University. 

His experience encompasses education, healthcare and laboratory facilities, commercial and residential projects. Paul has a particular interest in the development of project briefs and in exploring how design can improve and enhance the experience of the built environment. This reflects a deep understanding of both the subject and the desire to engage with multiple stakeholders who share a vested interest in the design and quality of the built reality.

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