Matt Murphy AIA, NCARB, WRID, LEED AP BD+C is the Director of Architecture at KEM STUDIO. Throughout his career, he has participated in numerous projects nationwide and overseas, in segments ranging from mixed-use, office, retail, sports, hospitality, residential and food service.
A native of Wisconsin, his guiding principle is to work hard – very hard – to help create places where people want to be, places that belong. He thoroughly enjoys the technical processes of design & delivery; contributing towards meaningful spaces that exist beyond the paper they are conceived on.
Here is a quick-fire list of some of the things Matt loves: k, family, friends, cats, KC, the annual ice fishing trip, punk rock & folk music, Milwaukee, steel tip darts, gardening, hockey, tattoos, Minnesota Twins & Vikings, Dallas Stars, Columbus Park, crossword puzzles, trains, Key West, skateboards and tornadoes.
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design – BFA Interior Architecture (2002)
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee – San Gemini Italy Historic Preservation Studies (2001)
AIA Kansas City Design Excellence Awards – Committee Member (2018)
AIA National Interior Architecture Awards – Juror (2015)
Engineering-News Record Midwest’s Top 20 Under 40 (2015)
AIA Kansas City Leadership Development Group (2013)
USGBC National Above & Beyond Volunteer Award (2013)
USGBC Emerging Professionals Regional Recruitment Chair (2012 to 2013)
AIA Kansas City Board of Directors – Nominee (2010)
AIA National Board Community Committee – Committee Member (2010)
AIA Central States Region Emerging Professionals Committee – Committee Member (2010 to 2011)
AIA National 6th Annual Jason Pettigrew Memorial ARE Scholarship (2011)
AIA Kansas City Emerging Professionals Committee – Committee Member (2008 to 2009)
“Don’t let anything poison your individuality. Break away & look in, not outward.” 
– Rodney Mullen



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