Designer Profile: R. Pat Murphy of Seifert Murphy

Pat MurphyName: R. Pat Murphy AIA
Company: Seifert Murphy
Position within company: Partner

Tell us a little about your background in design…
Pat Murphy holds a Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Texas at Austin. He is registered Architect and Interior Designer. Prior to joining Seifert Murphy, Mr. Murphy was the Director of Development for Latin America at Wilson and Associates. He successfully directed several high profile hotel projects in Mexico, El Salvador, Costa Rica, the United Arab Emirates as well as the United States and Canada. It was here that he established his credentials with the successful completion of hotel projects nationally and internationally.

How would you describe your personal design style?

Where does your design inspiration come from?
Understanding local cultural influences but translated them into contemporary design solutions.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?
Unique design that is responsible design not just opulence for luxury sake.

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2015 and beyond.
1. Responsible
2. Unique
3. Local
4. Culture
5. Timeless

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design, what would it be?
Listen to your client but give them solutions that are unique not expected.

How important are The International Hotel and Property Awards as recognition of talent and achievement?
This is our first year so I’ll be finding out.

What projects are you currently working on?
Atton Brickell Hotel – Miami
St Elm Boutique Hotel – Dallas
Person Residences in Nicaragua and San Salvador
AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center at the University of Texas
Port Isabel Culinary Institute – Texas
Renaissance Hotel – Ft. Worth
InterContinental Guatemala
InterContinental Miami
InterContinental Managua
InterContinental Tegucigalpa
Hyatt Regency Coconut Point – Ft Meyers

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?
We are looking forward to working on more ground up projects. Since the downturn most of our work has been renovations.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself
Your most treasured possession?
My Colnago Superissimo

Your favourite holiday destination?
Where I live, Austin Texas

Your favourite hotel / restaurant / bar?
Back in the day, the Camino Real Mexico City / Franklin’s BBQ / White Horse Saloon

Your favourite book / film / song?
Unbroken / To Kill a Mockingbird / Any song by John Prine

Your favourite food and drink?
BBQ / Sazerac

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?
Sitting in my backyard with a Sazerac watching the sun set with my wife Cathy and dog Ollie

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
Professional cyclist (If I had the legs and lungs for it!)