Christopher Muryn

Christopher Muryn

Charlotte, NC, US



I have a great joy in travel.  During my education as an undergrad I traveled to Europe three times with the pinnacle being a semester abroad in Florence Italy.  My time abroad in a new culture allowed me to be completely submerged into a new culture to learn and grow from every moment.  I look forward to the opportunity for growing more as an individual in new cultures.  I enjoy an active lifestyle full of outdoor sports from hiking and mountain biking to snow boarding.  I also like to try new sports, currently I am a member of the Charlotte Gaelic Football team.  No matter where I am I look forward to new horizons and opportunities from new surroundings.  I am looking for an opportunity that will challenge me and help me grow as both a person and a designer.


My education has been in all aspects of design.  Starting with an object in a landscape down to an object on the body has been looked at and mentally processed.  My undergrad focused with an object on a landscape with architecture.  The five-year professional degree in architecture did give me experience though the gateway of industrial design.  For a whole year we looked at objects in a different scale.  Instead of finding how a building sits on a landscape, we looked at how a fruit bowl addresses the table, and a room.  I also received a minor in art studio with a focus in painting.  This helped me hone my hand drawing and how I graphically perceive the world.  In grad school we looked at the object within a landscape and how a building or city block influences the makeup of a district or a city at large.  My background has been broad enough to confidently allow me to discuss all scales of design.


My two educations left me very knowledgeable about many programs in the field of design.  The common staple through it all has been Photoshop and AutoCad.  This was used mostly in the final renderings of drawings and perspectives of models that has then been transformed with illustrator and indesign.  This has left me very proficient in these programs over the years for rendering and presentation layouts.  In my undergrad I had a couple different teachers that showed us how to enhance our work through Revit, Rhino and 3d studio max.  Professionally I worked with Microsoft office, word and excel and AutoCad.  My grad work focused highly in Sketchup.  We used kerkythea as a final rendering program for final graphics and animation.  This program is a PC based rendering program, that is very similar to 3d studio max.  I feel with my expansive knowledge over many programs I am confident to learn new ones quickly and pick up easily on newer versions.


Shook Kelley, Charlotte, NC, US, Architect + Urban Designer

I am working in a total design firm. We have a branch in Los Angeles that focuses more on the graphic side of the built environment and the office here in Charlotte focuses on urban design and architecture. We have projects across the United States that are creating places to convene for our clients. We start with a market study then work with our clients to create a vision and community that we develop together. We work with our client through any government hurdles and spreading the ideals of our firm and place making into the built environment. The firm has given me great exposure to all levels of the design process and currently there are multiple projects at all stages that I work in and around on my daily tasks. I could be sketching a master plan with the principals of the firm in the morning and then in the afternoon have a meeting with a jurisdiction over their local laws and work on a coping detail for a contractor all while the sun is up!

Nov 2014 - current

R IV Architecture, Charlotte, NC, US, Intern Architect, Architect

Worked with multiple retail companies with their stores across the southeast. Developed Hotels within brand prototypes to the needs of clients. I started with the firm pursuing licensure and finished my IDP credits and ARE in May of 2014. I had multiple projects under loose guidance where I was meeting with consultants and getting their design within the vision and budget of the project for a client. I worked with the branding and marketing with the firm on establishing a vision and direction the firm was presenting to the world.

Oct 2011 - Nov 2014

Denham-Blythe Company, Architectural Intern

I worked in a design build company in Lexington Kentucky. I worked under a licensed architect on daily projects for my NCARB credits. I also was a design lead for projects, meeting first hand with contractors for the plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems. I worked with the IBC for code research on multiple jobs. I also worked with engineers on land grading plans of prospective sites. I took an active lead in the company as the safety committee representative for the design team [spring 2009]; received my certification on all aerial lifts [oct 2008]; my OSHA 10hr certificate [jan 2009]; and was a frequent attendant of all ASCE continuing education web seminars.

May 2007 - Jan 2009


University of North Carolina, Masters, Master of Urban Design

Aug 2009 - Dec 2010

University of Kentucky, BArch, Bachelors of Architecture

Aug 2003 - May 2008


Master of Urban Design Academic Achievement Award for 2011, 1st Place

This award is given to the graduate with the highest GPA in their course work in the Master of Urban Design Program.


ULI Urban Plan, 1st Place

This was a project through ULI that focuses on a scenario of a town looking for development within a criteria the city has outlined. A panel of judges came from the local ULI board to act as the cities government and judge our projects and give criticism and pick a winner.


UNCC Student travel grant, 2nd Place

The UNCC student travel grant awards $4000 to a student for summer travel on a topic of their choosing. An AIA panel is brought in for all finalist ti present their itinerary and budget to. I looked to focus on urban catalyst and independent on stadia throughout Europe and how the model changes from different countries like Germany, England, Switzerland and Spain.


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