After completing his masters degree in architecture Robert Murphy moved to Chicago in 1994 to pursue his career as an architect in the city where architecture is truly valued. Over the years Robert became more immersed in that truly unique Chicago asset which is its neighborhoods. Robert lived in Logan Square for seven years, and Edgewater for five, before moving to Forest Glen with his lovely wife in 2007. While looking for ahome it took nearly a year until they came to the tree lined streets with bungalows, Tudor, and Georgian homes of Forest Glen, that they decided that this was the place to be, and the NW Side has been their home ever since. In 2009 a precious addition to their household was added when their daughter Neela was born.
From the start Robert became involved in the Forest Glen Garden Club and attended the community association and CAPS meetings regularly. In addition to tending rose bushes around the Metra stairs Robert become known along with one of his neighbors as the “bush-wackers” for all the work they did in keeping the burning bushes pruned and shapely year in and year out.
In 2010, feeling that the then alderman was not providing the leadership or future direction the community needed, Robert volunteered much of his spare time to help elect a new alderman in the 45th Ward to breathe fresh life into a broken down system.
From 2011-14 Robert was the president of the Forest Glen Community Association, a position he was very honored to be given by his friends and neighbors. As the Association’s president Robert engaged with public officials on necessary infrastructure improvements, community beautification projects, neighborhood safety concerns, Forest Preserve issues and regional concerns regarding the massive increase in airplane traffic and noise over our homes, schools and playgrounds.
During his tenure Robert and his Association raised the bar on what is possible in their community by raising thousands of dollars for a new mural, sponsoring the 1st Annual Forest Glen Garden Walk, securing infrastructure improvements around the Forest Glen Metra stop, expanding the Forest Glen Garden Club’s beautification agreement with Metra, standing up for the bike trail extension and leading the effort to organize surrounding community associations to be sure that neighborhood concerns were heard and addressed. Following his strong belief in community participation Robert increased the number of his association meetings to broaden neighborhood input and worked to bring in speakers from every branch of government so that residents could meet their elected and appointed officials that represent them and ask them questions.
Robert has been a licensed architect for the past 20 years. He has won acclaim for his urban streetscape photography (www.robertmurphyphotography.com). His considerable accomplishments include co-founder of the Jefferson Park Sunday Market in 2011, member of the 45th Ward Zoning Advisory Board ,2011-13 member of the 45th Ward Arts Advisory Committee , 2011-13 and co-founder and leader in the Fair Allocation in Runways (FAiR) Coalition from 2013-14.