Cristina Murphy Gives First Hyde Lecture of the Season

Cristina Murphy Gives First Hyde Lecture of the Season

By Kerry McCulloug...

September 12, 2016

Cristina Murphy

2016/2017 Hyde Lecture Series opens another exciting chapter for the design and planning disciplines as speakers take a fresh, in-depth look at the latest developments in their respective fields.

The College of Architecture kicks off their lecture series with Cristina Murphy, Hyde Chair of Excellence, giving a lecture on DESIGNING FOR LIFE. Lives, Places and Institutions.

For this lecture, Murphy will explore the relationship between community and the built environment. This relationship implies care toward social, economic, cultural and evolutionary dynamics of people that live in special ways, in special places.

Murphy strongly relates architecture and the built environment to these dynamics and attempts to understand how far this world is designed, how far it shall be left to nature and ultimately, how far people are able to transform it or simply adapt to it.

This lecture is an introduction of two essential elements that have and are still characterizing Murphy’s role as an architect; the way she looks at the world including her academic background, her experiences and the way she reacts to that and how it translates to her and her team's projects.

In addition to being this semester’s Hyde Chair of Excellence, Murphy is the co-founder of XCOOP, a think tank known for its flexible and permeable approaches to contemporary living spaces.

Through XCOOP, Murphy investigates the dynamics between social circumstances and the built environment, establishes creative collaborations among a number of partners and stake holders in developing countries, and facilitates creative exchanges that induce innovative design concepts.

As a practicing architect, Murphy has worked with architect Rem Koolhaas on a number of commercial and cultural projects around the world including the CCTV-TVCC buildings in Beijing, China; the Post Occupancy special issue of Domus magazine on OMA's work; and the upgrade of the Sant'Elia social housing neighborhood in Cagliari, Italy. With XCOOP, Murphy is developing plans for two schools in Mombasa, Kenya, and Buaw, South Sudan and a sustainable, participatory, social housing development in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

Murphy has been guest professor at the following educational institutions: University of Central America, San Salvador, El Salvador; University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy; Delft University of Technology, Delft, Netherlands; Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, Netherlands; and Kamla Raheja Vidyanidhi Institute for Architecture and Environmental Studies, Mumbai, India.

The College’s Hyde Lecture Series is a long-standing, endowed public program. Each year the College hosts compelling speakers in the fields of architecture, interior design, landscape architecture and planning that enrich the ongoing dialog around agendas which are paramount to the design disciplines and our graduates.

Murphy’s lecture will be held in Richards Hall room 15 this Friday, September 16th at 4pm and the public is invited to attend.

For questions, email Kerry McCullough-Vondrak at