Kate Haywood

Murphy Maude Interiors


With a Bachelors of Arts in Architecture from the University of Memphis and a Masters of Architecture from the University of Oregon, Kate is a practicing architect with more than 10 years experience in both residential and commercial design. Kate held an adjunct professor position at the University of Memphis from 2015-2020 focusing on efficient and effective use of technology in practice and design studios, and was most recently a partner at brg3s architects before designing her own future as an independent architect.
Kate grew up in Tipton County alongside her now husband, Matt, who is a practicing attorney in their hometown of Munford. They enjoy cheering on the University of Memphis football and basketball teams with their 2 little ones, and while Matt is out on the golf course, Kate enjoys exploring the outdoors and tackling renovation projects at home.
Kate has a passion for systematic approaches ensuring the team remains focused on creative problem solving and the technical aspects to effectively support those efforts runs seamlessly. Her work experience ranges from planning efforts for the Memphis 3.0 Comprehensive Plan to completion of construction drawings and construction administration for the Idlewild Presbyterian Church renovation and addition, and interior design and finish specifications for St. Jude Children’s Hospital waiting room renovations. She was a key team member awarded the AIA Memphis Honor Award for Excellence for the UTHSC Center for Healthcare Improvement and Patient Simulation in 2017. She continues to practice independently and partnering with complimentary design firms and individuals. Current project types include large scale commercial design and project management, small residential renovation work for clients and contractors, development work for multi-family, and consulting services for architectural firm development focusing on both project management and BIM utilization.
Kate thrives in collaborating with local organizations and currently holds the board chair position with United Housing, Inc. helping to provide home buyer education, lending products, and affordable housing options for those that the private market does not accommodate. She previously served on the board of directors for AIA Memphis as an Emerging Professionals Director, Intern Development Program Director, and was a 2017 graduate of the AIA Memphis Emerging Professionals Leadership Program.