PhD. Candidate, University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, 2012-present
M.F.A. University of Southern California, School of Cinema Television, 1991-1994
--- course work toward MFA, University of Southern California, Department of Visual Anthropology, 1990-1992
B.Arch Rhode Island School of Design, Department of Architecture, 1982-1987
B.F.A. Rhode Island School of Design, 1982-1986
Amy Murphy is currently an Associate Professor at USC’s School of Architecture. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art as well as a Bachelor of Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design, and a M.F.A. in Cinema Production from USC School of Cinematic Arts. Before joining the faculty at USC’s School of Architecture in 1990, Amy taught architecture at Iowa State University and the Boston Architectural Center. After working in Boston and LA, she started her own design practice, Amy Murphy Projects in 1996, completing numerous projects through the LA region (including the renovation of Rudolph Schinder’s Yates Studio in Silverlake). Simultaneous to this architectural design work, she has held the position of the Director at Filmforum, LA’s oldest non-profit dedicated to experimental media, and completed several film and media works which have been accepted into national and regional film festivals. Currently, she is completing her PhD in Critical Studies at USC School of Cinematic Arts, as well as working on a new animated digital work, “Measuring the City,” exploring how known objective dimensions of any city are manipulated and redefined by subjective desire and temporal chance. The majority of her written academic research focuses on the relationship between media and urban experience from the mid-19th century to the present. In her most recent publications, such as The Future Tradition of Nature (2009) and New Orleans, Nature and the Apocalyptic Trope (2010), she examines how our post-apocalyptic imagination (as evidenced in popular cinema, literature and other media forms throughout history up to the present) works to inscribe limits in terms of Western society’s capacity to change its attitude towards nature as we begin to reckon with our own potential environmental destruction.