Chicago’s Mary Cook Associates names senior designer for innovation

Sara Murray (Photo courtesy of Mary Cook Associates.

Chicago-based Mary Cook Associates promoted Sara Murray from Senior Designer to the newly established position of Senior Designer | Innovation.

In this role, Murray will build on her experience integrating the latest technologies into the design business process, training staff, staying ahead of emerging trends, optimizing internal workflows and delivering measurable value to MCA’s clients.

Murray brings nearly a decade of design experience and a proven track record of success to her new position. During her tenure with Mary Cook Associates, her focus has been on crafting whitescapes and reviewing design concepts for a diverse range of collaborative projects, including high-end multifamily properties and boutique hotels.

She has also led special projects such as the development of a custom furniture line, showcasing the firm’s creativity and commitment to bespoke solutions while upholding the design fundamentals and high standards of excellence for which MCA is nationally known. Murray also actively monitors industry research and lifestyle trends and attends conferences and webinars to ensure MCA remains at the forefront of design innovation, in addition to training staff on the latest technology.

Murray joined Mary Cook Associates in 2021. She is a graduate of Iowa State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in architecture and graduated magna cum laude. Away from the office, Murray enjoys traveling, experiencing new cultures and design styles, and spending time with friends.