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Jane Murphy, RA

  • Professor Emerita, Architecture Section
100 Knowlton Hall

Jane Murphy is a professor emerita in the Architecture Section at the Knowlton School. With a bachelor’s degree in art from Smith College, Murphy studied architecture at the Yale School of Architecture, completing a Master of Architecture degree in 1981. Before coming to The Ohio State University on 1989, she practiced architecture in New Haven, Hong Kong, and New York, and currently maintains a practice in Columbus with Michael Cadwell. Their work has won AIA honor awards in both project and completed building categories. She is a registered architect in New York and Ohio.

Murphy’s academic work includes scholarly and creative investigations of the history and future of domestic space and residential construction. Projects and papers include Case Study: Comfort and Convenience; Norman Cherner and the FHA: Housing Research in the 1950’s; Cleveland Case Study House (with Cadwell). Work has been exhibited and published in various venues, including the Wexner Center for the Arts, Smith College Museum of Art, Canton Art Institute, Assemblage, Metropolis, and L'Arca.

Murphy has served on and as chair of many committees at the school, college and university levels, including: the University Design Review Board, Architecture Undergraduate Program Chair, and Faculty Search Chair.

Her teaching record is broad. She has taught and coordinated design studios from the second year through the fourth year undergraduate levels, and first and second year graduate years. Support course experience includes freehand and constructed drawing, construction and structures. 

Recent Work

Drawing on Walls: Louis Kahn’s Murals

Drawing on Walls: Louis Kahn’s Murals is a proposed essay for the forthcoming exhibition and companion book organized by Michael Merrill, author of Drawing to Find out and On the Thoughtful Making of Spaces. The exhibition is tentatively called Louis Kahn: Drawing, Thinking, Architecture, Architectural Representation, Work Processes and Designerly Knowledge and will be presented in Winter of 2018.