Kelly Murphy

Adjunct Professor


3360 S. State Street, Chicago IL 60616

Courses taught

LA 525: Representing and Modeling the Landscape (F14, F15)


Kelly Murphy teaches representation in the MLA program at IIT and is a designer at Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects. Her work investigates representation as both a graphic and narrative communication tool that empowers landscape architecture to be a conduit for environmental and social change. With professional roots in design-build, Murphy is driven by material nuances and the collaborative design process.


MLA, Harvard University, 2014

BS, Landscape Architecture, The Ohio State University, 2007

Teaching Experience

Part Time Professor, Illinois Institute of Technology- College of Architecture, Chicago, 2014-Present

Research Assistant, Harvard GSD, Cambridge, 2013

Fellow, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 2006

Professional Experience

Designer, Hoerr Schaudt Landscape Architects, Chicago, IL 2014-Present

Designer, Harvard University Office of Physical Resources and Planning, Cambridge, MA, 2013-2014

Project Designer, Christy Webber Landscapes, Chicago, IL 2009-2012



Selected Publications, Exhibits, and Recent Research

2015 / Project featured in Representing Landscapes: Digital, ed. Nadia Amoroso (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge) 223.

2015 / Project featured in GSD Platform 7, ed. Leire Asensio Villoria (Cambridge: Actar, 2015) 320-321.

2014 / 'Aquaplot' featured in Networked Urbanism: Design Thinking Initiatives for a Better Urban Life, ed. Belinda Tato, Jose Luis Vallejo (Cambridge: Harvard University 2014) 62-65.

2014 / Research contribution to "On Fertility: Night Soil, Street Sweepings, and Guano in Central Park," by Jane Hutton. Journal of Architectural Education (Routledge Volume 68, Issue 1: 2014) 43.

2013 / Contributor to "Oyster Gardens for a Healthy Boston Harbor," New England Ocean Odyssey (December 12, 2013).

2012 / Design work featured in article "Outdoor Classroom in Old Town," Chicago Magazine (July 13, 2012).


2013 Penny White Travel Grant, Harvard University GSD
2006 Natural Talent Design Competition, USGBC, First Place in Region
2007, 2005 Faculty Award in Landscape Architecture
2006 Student Honor Award, Ohio Chapter-American Society of Landscape Architecture