WOJR is an organization of designers based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our work extends across the globe and engages the realms of art, design, and urbanism.

280 Broadway
Cambridge, MA 02139
+1 617 285 3772 / info(at)wojr.org

In recent years, WOJR has enjoyed growing recognition, which has resulted in commissioned projects that span the United States, and extend abroad to works such as a pavilion for the 17th International Biennale Architettura in Venice, Italy. Working across the globe, WOJR has become accustomed to the challenges and rewards involved in simultaneously leveraging high-quality design culture and skilled collaborators from different corners of the world to create projects that are unique to their geographical and cultural contexts.

Geographically located in Cambridge, WOJR maintains a consistent relationship with the local academic communities in various ways; William is an Associate Professor in the MIT Department of Architecture, where he has taught for a decade, and WOJR team members are affiliated with Harvard GSD and other universities. Intellectually, WOJR has an ongoing collaboration with Collective–LOK, an architectural design group formed by Jon Lott (PARA Project), William O’Brien Jr., and Michael Kubo (pinkcomma gallery), as well as Samara, an experimental product development team at Airbnb. WOJR also sponsors the Civitella Ranieri Prize for Architecture, a six-week residency for emerging designers.

Justin Gallagher

Justin is a Senior Designer at WOJR. He had contributed to the practice intermittently since 2011 before joining the team full-time in 2019. He holds a Master in Architecture with Distinction from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, where he won the Araldo A. Cossutta Annual Prize for Design Excellence in 2015. Justin also studied Architecture and Philosophy at MIT and has worked at Para-Project and Johnston Marklee.

Adam Murfield

Adam is a Senior Associate at WOJR. He has brought more than ten years of experience in architecture and urban design to WOJR since joining in 2019. In addition to practice, Adam has taught several design studios and coordinated first-year architecture at Northeastern University, and he has been a guest critic at Harvard GSD, Pratt Institute, Cornell University, MIT, and Columbia University, among other schools. Adam received an M.Arch from the College of Architecture, Art, and Planning at Cornell University where he was a Sage Fellowship recipient. Adam was also a visiting student at The Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, and he holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in Art History from the University of St. Thomas. Prior to joining WOJR, Adam worked in design offices in New York, Washington, DC, Boston, and Cambridge, and contributed to more than a dozen built projects in New York, Pennsylvania, and throughout New England.
William O’Brien Jr.

William (Liam) is Founder and Principal of WOJR and Director of the Master of Architecture Program at MIT, where he is an Associate Professor. Additionally he was one of the founding members of Collective–LOK. From 2018-2021 he was the Design Director for the Samara Project at Airbnb. He is the recipient of the 2012-2013 Rome Prize Fellowship in Architecture awarded by the American Academy in Rome. He was awarded the 2011 Architectural League Prize for Young Architects and Designers.

He has taught previously at  University of California Berkeley as the Bernard Maybeck Fellow and was the LeFevre Emerging Practitioner Fellow at The Ohio State University. Before joining MIT, he was Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin, where he taught advanced theory seminars and design studios in the graduate curriculum. At MIT, O’Brien currently holds the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Chair and teaches design studios in the graduate and undergraduate programs.

Liam pursued his graduate studies at Harvard GSD where he was the recipient of the Department of Architecture Faculty Design Award. He has been named a Fellow by MacDowell in Peterborough, New Hampshire, and a Socrates Fellow by the Aspen Institute.

John David Todd

John is a Principal of WOJR. A part of the practice since 2013, John has had a deep influence on the orientation of WOJR and its body of work. In addition to being involved with WOJR, John has taught at Northeastern University and Boston Architectural College, and has been a guest critic at Princeton, MIT, and Harvard GSD, among other schools. John holds a Master in Architecture with Commendation from Harvard GSD and a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, cum laude, from the University of Washington in Seattle. Prior to joining WOJR, John worked with Toyo Ito and Atelier Bow-Wow in Tokyo.

Past Team Members

Masoud Akbarzadeh, Enas Al Khudairy, Majda Al Marzouqi, Cathy Braasch, Eric Chin, James Coleman, David Costanza, Iman Fayyad, Nare Filiposyan, Marianna González-Cervantes, Cecilia Ho, Li Huang, Juan Jofre, Anna Kaertner, Bhujon Kang, Lina Kara’in, Kyungsik Kim, Lindsey Krug, Jasmine Kwak, Sunnie Lau, Neil Legband, George X. Lin, Carl Lostritto, Alan Lu, Alex Marshall, Lauren McClellan, Grace McEniry, David Miranowski, David Moses, James Murray, Sarah Anne O'Brien, Gabrielle Piazza Patawaran, Nicholas Polansky, Ali K. Qureshi, Francis Redman, Ruben Ruckman, Katie Sutton, Karine Szekeres, Koharu Usui, Nicole Wang, Aaron Willette, Travis Williams, Kian Hiu Lan Yam, Linda Yifei Zhang, Xiaoyan Zhou

Selected Honors

Invited Participant, 5th Chicago Architecture Biennial, 2023

70th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards, Citation, Regietów Chyża, 2023

Invited Participant, 17th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia, 2021

67th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards, Award, Elsewhere Hudson Valley, 2020 

66th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards, Honorable Mention, House of the Woodland, 2019

65th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards, Award, House of Horns, 2018

Marker Addressing Complex Legacy of Woodrow Wilson, Princeton University, Competition Finalist, 2017

64th Annual Progressive Architecture Awards, Honorable Mention, Mask House, 2017

Residential Architect Design Awards, Citation, Mask House, 2016

Fellowship, Civitella Ranieri Fellow, Umbertide, Italy, 2016

Honor Award, Van Alen Institute, AIA NY, 2016

Times Square Valentine Competition Winner, Heart of Hearts, (Collective-LOK), 2015

Biennial Competition 2015, Finalist, Performa Prospettiva, Performa 2015

Peace Corps Commemorative Work Competition, Honorable Mention, Mappa Mundi, 2015

Design Vanguard Award, Architectural Record, given to ten practitioners internationally, 2013

MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program Finalist (Collective-LOK), 2013

Van Alen Institute Competition Winner (Collective-LOK), 2013

Top Twenty Young Architects Honor, Wallpaper* Magazine Architects Directory, 2013

Rome Prize, Founders Rome Prize in Architecture at the American Academy in Rome, 2012-2013

Award, Architectural League Prize for Young Architects & Designers, 2011

Finalist, MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, 2009