• Collaborating and communicating with our clients on each step of the process
• Integrating function with engaging architecture for pleasing, productive environments
• Creating inspired design solutions with real and lasting value
• Optimizing unique site planning opportunities, natural daylighting/ views and sustainability
• Honoring client financial capabilities, budgetary considerations and time constraints
Our goal is to develop designs that are appropriate for the needs of our clients while creating indoor and outdoor spaces that make a positive contribution to the human experience.
By integrating function and thoughtful planning with inspiring architecture, we create environments that are engaging to the users – of all ages.
We consider how people enter, use and move through a site or building – and provide for future flexibility and change.
We reject design fads and fashion, but endorse a timeless design expression that enhances the experience for all.
We respect budgets and timelines.
In 1985 co-founder Frank E. Dittenhafer II, FAIA, LEED AP launched Murphy & Dittenhafer Architects. Over the years, it has grown to include a staff of 20, with offices in Baltimore, Maryland, and York, Pennsylvania.
The M&D staff of seasoned professionals and emerging talent has consistently developed high quality master plans and designs for building renovations, facility additions and new construction – that exceed the expectations of our clients.
Our team brings optimism, energy and imagination to each commission.
Murphy & Dittenhafer provides award-winning architectural, interiors and planning services for master planning, renovation, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, expansion and new construction for clients throughout the Mid-Atlantic region.
Our integrated design and planning approach incorporates environmentally responsible/ sustainable practices, comprehensive accessibility considerations, as well as recognition of and compliance with applicable ordinances, codes and regulatory requirements – translating into design solutions that are both practical and appropriate, and which provide excellent long term value to our clients.
Our work includes projects on a multi-million-dollar scale as well as modest facility designs that are significant in a variety of ways.
Our range of design solutions includes master site planning, faith-based community facilities, libraries, schools, performing arts spaces, college/ university campuses, residential facilities, “cutting edge” interior design/ building repurposing and historic preservation. We pay attention to the details – regardless of project size, scale or scope.
Throughout our history we have been recognized with over 160 awards – more than any other local firm in the Baltimore/ Central Pennsylvania region.
While awards are just one measure of success, they are an indication of the intensity and high professional standards with which Murphy & Dittenhafer approaches each project.
Firm co-founder Frank Dittenhafer has been broadly recognized for his wide-ranging expertise in all aspects of project design and management. Focused on meeting and exceeding client expectations, Frank has achieved excellence through creativity, practicality and persistence.