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Chris Murphy

Senior Lecturer
School of Architecture
Location: Building 048, Room 2011


MArch, BArch

Professional memberships

Registered Architect RAB 1405


Chris Murphy has worked as an architect for the past 40 years. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Construction Technology at the Unitec Department of Architecture where he lectures within the construction area and supervises Master students. . Research interests include Earthquake Policy, particularly as if affects small URM buildings within New Zealand, and research into the effects of policy changes within the New Zealand Building Code, brought about as a result of poor quality construction (leaking buildings). Recent investigations (Conference Presentation) documented case study evidence of the impact of sea level rise on one of Auckland's coastal communities. 

Leisure activities include tramping, tennis and mountain biking. 

Graduate supervision of completed theses/dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Chris Murphy as Principal Supervisor

Dai, Sheng Yu (2020). Future courtyard 2050 (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Morar, Ameesh (2020). Introducing a civic heart to Mt Roskill (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Edinberry, Zain (2019). Playful pathways : the regeneration of Manurewa Town Centre (Master of Architecture (Professional))
McAuley, Joseph (2019). Groundwater-architecture : improving the social value of groundwater (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Doiphode, Kedar (2019). More than meets the eye : a foray into designing architecture for the multiple senses (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Lanke, Karan Sham (2019). Designing communities : an architectural approach to intentional community housing (Master of Architecture (Professional))
McGuire, William (2019). The multi-purpose sports stadium (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Nimo, Losa (2019). The Kahoa Village : how can architects and architecture respond to New Zealand's most pressing issue - homelessness? (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Laubscher, Torben (2019). Beneath the surface (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Contractor, Rohini (2018). Democratized living : an examination of how digital tools in the use of a transitional shelter can affect building methods. (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Waterhouse, Kane Andrew Baker (2018). Architecture : a machine for healing. A study into the use of architecture as an active tool in the rehabilitation of the human gait cycle (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Forlong, Kaye (2018). Earth - sky - infinity : New Zealand's emerging space program (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Nazareth, Aaron (2018). Bionic architecture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Stephenson, Hannah (2017). Dirty little secret : illuminating issues of wastefulness through architecture (Master of Architecture (Professional))
O'Brien, Liam (2016). Project ethos : aesthetic refinement of Pres-Lam structure (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Olivier, Gerrit Jacobus (2013). A school can be more than education : schools for the future. (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Richardson, Lyn (2013). Adoration of the joint : investigation and translated application of jointing methods (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Mak, King Wah (Jim) (2012). Human / Storage - the H.I.V.E. system (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Weavers, William (2011). Active living architecture (Master of Architecture (Professional))

Masters theses or dissertations supervised by Chris Murphy as Associate Supervisor

Murray, Taine (2020). A regenerative manifesto (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Anderson, Alexander (2020). Adapted identity : a classical experiment on three iconic buildings (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Kim, Tae Hyeong (Nick) (2020). DISCONNECT to RECONNECT : architectural interruption for individuals addicted to digital activity as opposed to living in the physical world, the here and now (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Murgan, John Rajesh (2019). In the space : creating a vibrant community through architecture in Levuka, Ovalau Island,Fiji (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Brown, Troy (2019). Fighting for youth : the creation of a safe space for disadvantaged youth (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Stewart, Jack (2019). Suburbs to neighbourhoods : the conversion of a city fringe suburb into a sustainable neighbourhood (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Henley-Smith, Sean (2018). Lifting the game (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Chandra, Shableet (2017). Cultural habitat for the elderly : an aged care facility in a multicultural Fijian society (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Jang, Samuel (2017). The extraction of the cultural identity of Korea, and its contextualization into architecture in New Zealand (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Beaton, Angus McDonald (2017). Don't forget your roots (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Couchman, Alice (2017). The river archive (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Shastri, Jinal (2017). Artist village (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Trevena, Bridget Ann (2015). Design Incubator : a vision for architectural education in the twenty-first century (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Keay, Jean Marilyn (2014). Rethinking the Apia waterfront : a masterplan and educational facility for the waterfront in Apia, Samoa. (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Knox, Cameron Geoffrey (2013). TECH FARM : an innovation hub for green design and clean technology at Wynyard Quarter, Auckland : the design for an intellectual ecosystem for sustainable technology innovation that enables creativity, productivity and teamwork by using the "Community of Practice" concept (Master of Architecture (Professional))
Kumar, Ashneil (2013). Gateway : passenger experience and the airport terminal (Master of Architecture (Professional))


Murphy, C P. (2020). Auckland's Earthquake Prone Buildings: A Case for Risk (Re)assessment. Unitec Research Symposium, Unitec New Zealand, Mt Albert Campus.

Murphy, C P. (2019). New Zealand's Unreinforced Masonry Buildings: Facing up to the Earthquake. IOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Scien, SBE 19 Sustainability in the built environment for climate change mitigation. Thessiloniki, 23-25 October 2019 (Vol. 401, Sci 410 012106).

Murphy, C. P. (2018). To Strengthen or Demolish: The Financial Challenges facing Unreinforced Masonry Buildings in New Zealand. R Iovino, The Housing for the Dignity of Man. 42nd IAHS World Congress on Housing, Naples, April 10-13.

Murphy, C. P. (2017). Adaptation strategies for low lying coastal land in New Zealand: Proactive or reactive? M. Ban, N. Duic, D. R. Schneider et al. Proceedings of the 12th Conference on Sustainable Developement of Energy, Water and Environment Systems.

Murphy, C P. (2017). Is it working? New Zealand's coastal policy statement and the Auckland Unitary Plan. X-Section: Collaborate (Vol. 7).

Murphy, C P. (2017). Coastal Retreat: Future Implications for Architecture in NZ's Coastal Hazard Zones. Marc Aurel Schnabel, Back to the Future: The Next 50 years.

Murphy, C. P. (2016). The Licensed Building Practitioners Scheme: Four years on. A. Tadeu,. D. Ural,. O. Ural,. V. Abrantes, 41st IAHS World Congress on Housing Sustainability and Innovation for the Future.

Murphy, C. P. (2016). Legislation revisited: New hope for the earthquake prone "home shop?". J. Zuo, L. Daniel, V. Soebarto, Revisiting the Role of Architectural Science in Design and Practice: 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association 2016. 7-9th December 2016, Adelaide, Australia.

Murphy, C. P. (2016). Integrating Technology: Another Approach? 50th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association: Revisiting the Role of Architectural Science in Design and Practice, Adelaide, Australia.

Murphy, C.P. (2015). Planning for survival: creating a future for the home shop in New Zealand. Scitaroci, M.O.,Scitaroci,B.B.O. Krajnik,D. Huic,I. Mrda,A. Rukavina, M. HERU Heritage Urbanism, International Scientific Conference: Cultural Heritage-Possibilities for Spatial and Economic Development.

Murphy, C.P. (2015). After the earthquake: the effect of new building standards on small earthquake-prone buildings in New Zealand. 10th Conference on Sustainable Design of Energy, Water and Environment Systems, SDEWES 2015, Dubrovnik, Croatia.

Murphy, C.P. (2015). Saving the past: new challenges for earthquake prone buildings in New Zealand. R.H. Crawford and A. Stephan, Living and Learning: Research for a Better Built Environment: 49th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association,Melbourne, 2-4 December,.

Murphy, C. P. (2015). Climate Change, Natural Hazards and the Auckland Unitary Plan: too little too late? In M. Ban, N. Duic, D.R. Schneider, et al, Proceedings of the 10th Conference on Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems.

Murphy, C. P. (2014). Keeping the Builder Honest: An analysis of recent building code initiatives in New Zealand. Architectural Science Review, (Vol. 57(4)).

Murphy, C. P. (2014). Saving the Home Shop: The Future of Small Earthquake-prone Buildings in New Zealand. In A. Tadeu, D. Ural, O. Ural, V. Abrantes, 40th IAHS World Congress on Housing: Sustainable Housing Construction, Funchal, Portugal.

Murphy, C. P. (2014). Why Isn't it working? The Rise and Fall of the Financial Assistance Package in the Repair of Leaking Buildings within New Zealand. In F. Madeo and F. Novi, Across: Architectural Research through to Practice: 48th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association, Genoa, Italy.

Murphy, C.P., and Smith, B. (2013). Fighting Back: Education Initiatives in the Teaching of Architecture. 2013 Untec Research Symposium Presentation Abstracts, Unitec, October, 2013.

Murphy, C.P. (2013). Sustainable refurbishment: New policy initiatives for New Zealand's leaking buildings. In O. Ural, E. Pizzi, & S. Croce. (Eds.). Changing Needs, Adaptive Buildings, Smart Cities. Proceedings for the International Association for Housing Science Congress (Vol. 1).

Murphy, C.P. (2013). The consumer fightback: New refurbishment policies for NZ residential buildings. In M.A. Schnabel & J-YT Sou (Eds.), Cutting Edge in Architectural Science. Proceedings of the 47th International Conference of the Architectural Science Association.

Murphy, C.P. (2012). Sharing the blame: Financial innovation in the repair of leaking buildings in New Zealand. Visions for the Future of Housing Mega Cities. Proceeding of the XXXVIII IAHS World Congress on Housing. Eds Okay Ural, Muhammed Sahin, Derin Ural. April 16-19, 2012 Istanbul Technical University. ISBN: 978-975-561-417-5.

Murphy, C. P. (2012). The licensed building practitioner: Another step in the New Zealand battle against the leaking building. Henry Skates (Ed). Building on Knowledge: Theory and Practice. 46th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association (ANZAScA) (CD-ROM). Griffith University, QLD, Australia.

Murphy, C. P. (2012). After the Rot: Improving the Durability of Building Envelopes in Domestic Housing New Zealand. Journal of Civil Engineering and Architecture. ISSN 1934-7359 (Vol. Volume 5, No 10).

Murphy, C. P. (2011). Building control changes: the on-going battle against the leaking building. Architectural Science Review (Vol. 54:2 157-163).

Murphy, C. P. (2011). The brave new world: new generation building controls in New Zealand. 13th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology, Manitoba, Canada. Eds B. Phillips, P. Kidd. Proceedings of the 13th Canadian Conference on Building Science and Technology.

Murphy, C.P. (2011). Who Pays: Sheeting home liability for poor quality construction in New Zealand. From Principles to Practice in Architectural Science. Proceedings of the 45th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association.

Murphy, C. P. (2010). Cost effective quality: Next generation building controls? Murphy, C., Wake, S. J., Turner, D., McConchie, G., Rhodes, D. (Eds). On the edge. Conference Proceedings of the 44th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZASCA 2010).

Murphy, C.P., Wake, Susan J., Turner, D., McConchie, G., and Rhodes, D. (2010). On the Edge: Book of Abstracts. 44th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association. Auckland. Publisher Unitec Institute of Technology. Printer, Alliance Printing Co.

Murphy, C. P. (2010). After the Rot: improving the durability of building envelopes in domestic housing, New Zealand. Villegas, L., Ural, O., Abrantes, V., Lombillo, I., Liano, C. (Eds). Design, Technology, Refurbishment and Management of Buildings. Proceedings of 37th IAHS World Congress on Housing Science.

Murphy, C. (2009). Home Grown Timber: Quality issues surrounding the importation of post war prefabricated housing to New Zealand. Loo, S., et al (Eds.). Proceedings of the 43rd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association: Performative Ecologies in the Built Environment; Sustainable Research Across Disciplines.

Murphy, C.P. (2008). Sustainability Issues leading to the importation of prefabricated post war state housing into NZ. Gu, N., Gul, L. F., Ostwald, M. J., Williams, A. (Eds), ANZAScA 2008. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Architectural Science Association (ANZASCA 2008).

Potangaroa, R. T., & Murphy, C. (2004). Talk to me The communicating styles of architectural students. In Z. Bromberek (Ed.), Contexts of architecture. Proceedings of the 38th Annual Conference of the Architectural Science Association ANZAScA and International Building Performance Simulation Association - Australasia Conference. Launceston, Australia: School of Architecture, University of Tasmania, 10-12 November, Launceston, Australia.

Murphy, C. (2000). Student-Centered Research into Building Fabric Performance, ANZA ScA Conference , December, Adelaide.

Murphy, C. (2000). The Technical Studio as a Pedagogical Tool in Intergrating Learning in Construction Management and Architecture. Presented to the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia conference, 26-28 June, Sydney.

Murphy, C. (2000). The Best of Both Worlds: Combining Learning Methods in the Teaching of Construction. In D. Baccarini & P. Davis (Eds.), Proceedings of the 25th AUBEA Conference (pp. 211-221). Perth: Curtin University of Technology. Paper presented at the conference, 12-14 July, Perth.

Murphy, C. (2000). Auckland House Cladding Survey (Report to Building Industry Authority). Auckland: UNITEC.