Christopher C. Murray III

CBRE Workplace
Organization Type: Consultant
Position/Title: Senior Managing Director
Functional Area: Strategic facility planning
Year of Induction: 2004

750 9th St., Suite 900
Washington, DC 20001

Business Phone: 202.585.5626

In September 2016, Chris Murray, a workplace strategy expert and industry veteran, was appointed senior managing director, CBRE Workplace, to lead the team’s law firm practice in the Americas. Previously, he was Managing Director, Law Firm Space & Trends Strategist at Jones Lange La Salle Americas, Inc. where he specialized in strategic facility planning, pre-lease services, and real estate cost benefit studies. Chis also served as a principal at Gensler for more than 30 years, Chris led the firm’s law firm practice from its inception. Working on projects for over 200 law firms in 330 locations in 83 cities states and 16 countries, totaling over 24 million s.f.

He has spoken to the International Bar Association, the National Association of Legal Administrators four times, as well as local AL chapters across the country. He has written articles for the ABA Journal, ABA Law Practice magazine, Legal Times, as well as being quoted by the Wall Street Journal on law firm design.
Chris is a registered architect and member of the American Institute of Architects, NCARB Certified, and a USGBC LEED Accredited Professional. He was awarded Best Real Estate Deal of the Year, 1999, Sidley & Austin. He has a masters degree in real estate from John Hopkins University and a bachelor of architecture from the University of Notre Dame.


For more than twenty years, Chris Murray has been applying innovative management principles to the facility needs of 160 law firms in 250 locations in 23 states and countries. During the past ten years he has introduced the concept of strategic planning for space utilization by law firms. This unique, high-level approach has saved law firms millions of dollars in the design layout of both new space and retrofitting of existing space. While serving as Vice President of one of the world’s largest architectural firms, Chris has played a significant role in planning law offices, always with an eye to looking at the use of space in a non- traditional way. His creative use of “back room” operational space has resulted in the need for less space used more efficiently. Chris has consistently shared his knowledge and experiences with members of the legal team through his writings and presentations before professional groups and associations throughout the world.
— Nominated by Jim Lantonio and Carol Phillips, 2004