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Murphy Mears Architects

Murphy Mears Architects

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About Us

Architecture requires a mix of problem solving and searching for simplicity. Our interest is in the functional and practical, in the play of exterior volumes, shaped by context, material selection, and references to style if applicable, with interiors which bring, calm, serenity, and order to our clients’ busy lives. We strive to make warm and welcoming rooms that can accommodate both large and small gatherings. We are interested in creating lasting value through careful material selection, appropriately sized spaces, flexibility as families grow, and inspiring spaces with generous natural light and outdoor connections. The office was formed in 1988 when Rice University alums Walter Murphy and Kirby Mears teamed up after having worked for award winning firms in Houston, San Francisco, Florence, Italy, and Athens, Greece. Kyle Humphries, also a Rice graduate joined the practice in 2003 after working in the New York office of Pei, Cobb, Freed & Partners and is now a partner in the firm. Collectively, the principals have over 75 years experience working in residential design and construction. Our design process promotes the study of multiple solutions early in the development of a project. This process continues from the big picture to the smallest details, and allows us to guide our clients through the design of a home that requires hundreds of decisions from a client. The firm relies on the most current software and digital tools to help visualize and understand design options presented in 3D, including still images, solar studies, and virtual walk-throughs. The 3D model is used directly to create detailed and coordinated 2D drawing documents for construction. Much of our work is and has been residential. Even our project for the Houston chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Architecture Foundation, a nationally juried competition won in 2016, is essentially a new "home" within an historic masonry building downtown. Though any design that builds on the best lessons from the past invariably introduces elements with stylistic underpinnings, our main focus rests in making light-filled spaces organized around a procession from public to private, with multiple connections to beautiful outdoor spaces. As investments, well designed houses provide a solid return that celebrates the craft of design and construction, providing lasting inspirations for living well.

Services Provided

3D Rendering, Architectural Design, Architectural Drawings, Building Design, Custom Homes, Energy-Efficient Homes, Green Building, Handicap-Accessible Design, Historic Building Conservation, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, House Plans, Kitchen Design, Kitchen Remodeling, Multigenerational Homes, New Home Construction, Project Management, Space Planning, Sustainable Design, Universal Design

Areas Served

Alief, Barker, Baytown, Bellaire, Bunker Hill Village, Cypress, Galena Park, Hedwig Village, Hillshire, Hilshire Village, Houston, Hufsmith, Humble, Hunters Creek Village, Jacinto City, Jersey Village, Katy, La Porte, Meadows Place, Missouri City, Nassau Bay, North Houston, Pasadena, Piney Point Village, Sheldon, Southside Place, Spring, Spring Valley, Stafford, West University Place


Awards: Houston AIA Design Awards 2015 (2), 2014, 2013 (2), 1997. Preservation Houston Good Brick Awards 2016 (2). Competitions: Re-Imagine Architecture Center Houston Winner, 99k House Finalist, and Houston Holocaust Memorial Room Winner.


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Business Details

Business Name

Murphy Mears Architects

Phone Number

(281) 381-3840


1973 West Gray, Suite 13
Houston, TX 77019

Typical Job Cost

$600,000 - 10,000,000

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