In 1991 Richard Murphy RSA founded the practice of Richard Murphy Architects which has since won 27 RIBA or RIAI awards, more than any other practice in Scotland. Awards range across many building types, including education, the arts, healthcare and housing, and demonstrate both the high design standards of the practice generally and also its versatility.


Richard Murphy Architects defines its goals as to make architecture equally of its place and of its time. Our projects illustrate that approach, looking equally at careful contextual responses to designing within and adjacent to existing buildings and also constructing new buildings within the contexts of established landscape and urban patterns.


Murphy is design leader in the practice for all projects and his work has ranged from domestic through to public and private housing; theatres and arts centres, buildings for education and health and two British Embassies. In 2006 Murphy was voted ‘Scottish Architect of the Year’ by the readers of Prospect Magazine. In the Queen’s New Year’s Honours 2007, he was awarded an OBE.