“We urgently need to bring to our communities the limitless capacity to love, serve, and create for and with each other.”

Grace Lee Boggs

We practice architecture to create more equitable, resilient, and beautiful places.

The Placework team is driven by a shared creative energy. We understand our responsibility to create dynamic places that both support and celebrate our environment and communities. Our team brings diverse interests, skills, and experience to our work, but our collective asset is vision – seeing what is possible and creating a path toward it.


Firm Philosophy

Placework operates at many scales.

Architectural Design

  • Full architectural design services, from pre-design through construction documentation
  • Team coordination – we bring together teams of engineers, landscape architects, and designers appropriate to each project
  • Construction administration – we work closely with construction management firms and general contractors to align construction with vision


  • Master planning – from individual buildings to campus and municipal scale
  • Capital planning – project planning integrated with fundraising strategies
  • Project definition – don’t know where to start? Talk to us.

Concept Design/Feasibility Study

  • Programming, existing conditions assessment, and project phasing plans
  • Conceptual plans and renderings to articulate a vision
  • Development of project budgets and support in identifying sources of funding

Our Team

Alyssa Manypenny Murphy, AIA, LEED AP


Brian Murphy, AIA


Alice Carey, AIA, LEED AP BD+C


Elizabeth Nguyen

Project Manager

Connor Bell

Architectural Designer

Ken Ferrer

Architectural Designer

Alexandra Jutras

Digital Marketing Coordinator

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