Franklin Report Report Card for John B. Murray Architect, LLC in Connecticut/Westchester
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John B. Murray Architect, LLC
48 West 37th Street,
10th Floor
New York, NY 10018
(212) 242-8600
Main Contact: John B. Murray, AIA

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Quintessentially classical residential architecture

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John Murray is among a small handful of exceptional New York residential architects that inherently understand the meaning of Park Avenue vernacular. Murray is an adamant traditionalist whose projects range from formal, classical Palladian to a more relaxed well-heeled look. Sources praise Murray for his architectural skill and experience and his dedication to historic design and form. Though "extremely busy," Murray reportedly makes himself very accessible, with thorough follow-up.

A graduate of Carnegie Mellon, Murray was a founding partner of Ferguson, Murray, and Shamamian before starting his own firm in 1997. While generally embarking on large-scale gut renovations, the firm will take on smaller projects with an interesting twist or an intriguing challenge. While some say Murray's taste for the highest form of design occasionally leads him to suggest more changes than are perhaps strictly necessary, he is known to be receptive to clients' suggestions and sympathetic to their design and budgetary interests.

The majority of Murray's work is in New York City and Connecticut, although he takes on projects across the country. The firm generally charges a slightly higher percentage of overall construction costs but will occasionally work on an hourly rate.

Representative Client Comments:
"A magnificent sense of classical design." "Carriage trade masterpieces." "The weekly meeting minutes ensure that the project remains on track." "Not only is John courteous, but he is eager to teach and discuss ideas." "Could be a bit more assertive, because he absolutely knows what is right for the space." "The team is the essence of quality, sensitivity, and obsessiveness. In short, the best." "Very good client skills--kept us calm throughout." "Wish there was more support staff, to leverage John's time." "He upholds the very top standards of quality, at all times." "If you want the best, be prepared to pay." "He isn't a bargain, but he's a great value." "Our job was on budget, on time, and perfect." "John Murray and his staff are all excellent, professional, knowledgeable, and organized. I cannot imagine ever working with another architect." "His additions were of the highest quality and in the exact architectural vernacular. His work enhanced the apartment while never overwhelming it. It is a joy to live in." "Our experience was excellent in every way. First rate ideas, best imaginable quality, very available, and very easy to work with." "The BEST architect in NYC for high-end residential projects."

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