President & Director of Design
The son of a construction laborer — Jeff learned his strong work ethic from his Irish father and his easy going personality from his German mother. He began drawing houses at the age of six, although most of them were being run over by monster trucks. Intrigued by building and design, Jeff attended art and architecture classes in San Diego and Minneapolis. After working for an architectural firm in Wayzata, Minnesota for eleven years, Jeff (along with his wife Jill) established Murphy & Co. in 2003. Passionate about traditional architecture, he is a member of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, as well as other leadership and educational groups that help him define the company's vision. Along with his enjoyment of working with the firms amazing clientele, Jeff enjoys combing long blonde hair and managing the estrogen levels in their house (three daughters, wife, and female dog).
Since she can't even draw stick people (self-admitted), she is “the behind the scenes gal” at Murphy and Co. Jill excels at business development, systems development, and team development (guess we could just go with any type of development), sales & marketing, and finance. She continues to expand her leadership and business skills through various entrepreneurial seminars and educational outlets, both nationally and internationally. She loves to see people advance in leadership within the firm and succeed with their dreams. Travel & family are Jill's inspirations, which is evidenced by her wall full of travel adventure pictures.
T.J. attended the University of Minnesota where he received his Bachelor of Architecture, then moved to Greenwich Connecticut where he honed his skill set working on resorts, five star hotels, and historic-based residences for award-winning firms. A continuing apprentice in classically-styled architecture, T.J. can be found wide awake at 2 am consumed with solving a design challenge. He enjoys spending time with his wife and son in their Linden Hills home, and discussing head shaving with Jeff and Patrick.
Dan Demeules, AIA
Architect / LEED AP
Our tallest guy in the office, Dan enjoys his almost equally as large Rhodesian Ridgeback dog. Dan received his undergraduate degree and Masters of Architecture from Tulane University in Louisiana, worked for a firm in Washington State, and then was a business liaison in Monterrey, Mexico for an architectural steel company where he also honed his salsa tasting skills. Multi-talented, Dan can design, do construction drawings, create 3d work, develop systems, and provide shade for small children. Dan and his wife enjoy spending time at their recently completed new house in the country. Dan is a registered architect in the State of Minnesota, and a member of the American Institute of Architects.
Project Manager / Lead CAD
A Zen Master of details and thoroughness, Tony studied both Structural Engineering & Computer Science at the University of Minnesota (along with additional architectural studies thereafter). Having joined Murphy & Co. in 2005, Tony’s 20+ years in the business have proven a great asset to our team. In his free time, Tony and his wife can be found at all of their three kids’ sporting events at the same time (we think they’re cloned).
Project Manager / Lead CAD
Patrick is not only lightning quick with a mouse, he is our “original” team member. Joining us in 2004, Patrick excels at all phases of a project, and is as versatile as a white t-shirt. He excels at managing projects while providing excellent correspondence with clients and vendors. A music aficionado, Patrick has been playing guitar for seven years yet doesn’t know any songs.
Visual Illustrator & Designer
Blake is passionate about design while also striving to find the newest and most compelling ways to represent architecture in 3D, which can certainly help our clients see their new home virtually come to life (without the smell of sawdust). While receiving his Masters of Architecture from Drury University in Missouri, Blake had the opportunity to work at a firm in Suzhou, China, and also in his college town of Springfield, Missouri. Blake then returned to his home state of Minnesota where he joined our firm as a Designer and Visual Illustrator. In his spare time, Blake can be found running, sketching, harassing his cats, and diving – although his title of “Cannonball Champion” has us most intrigued.
Marketing + Creative
With a business degree in hand and design-junkie mentality, Linda became a buyer for luxury retailer Bergdorf Goodman. After a stint as a well-dressed but very broke 20-something in New York, she returned to her hometown of Minneapolis to live out her childhood dream of being a buyer for Dayton’s and eventually became the Women’s Trend and Fashion Manager for national chain- Dayton’s, Hudson’s and Marshall Field’s. Enter two kids, and the desire to never miss the everyday happenings in their lives, Linda moved to direct the marketing for a Minnesota-based international brand and developed an interior design business. Off work, Linda can be found gobbling up her daily influx of design blogs, doing yoga, spinning or walking the city lakes with her wheaten, Annie.
You may know Dawn as the friendly person that answers our phone, but what you may not know is that Dawn is an accomplished cage fighter. Well, not really, but she can certainly handle herself hunting and fishing in the Minnesota outdoors with her husband and two boys. Dawn wears many hats, including bookkeeping, client communication, helping build the company’s systems, and arranging team outings that usually embarrass one of us.