LOWDER + MURATA is an architecture and landscape architecture office seeking to integrate ecological systems with the built environment, searching for inter-, trans-, and extra-disciplinary opportunities in order to speculate novel forms of design and practice to rescribe familiar disciplinary boundaries.
As a practicing architectural designer, Lowder has worked at Coop Himmelb(l)au, Studio Daniel Libeskind and Reiser + Umemoto. Lowder teaches and coordinates design studios and representation courses at the Cooper Union, as well as advanced theory courses at Cornell University. Additionally, Lowder has taught at Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he was the 2008-2009 John and Magda McHale Fellow. James Lowder earned his B. Arch from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) and his M. Arch from Princeton University.

Misako is a licensed Architect and Landscape Architect with experience working on complex urban projects and large scale waterfront sites, such as the Willamette Falls Riverwalk and the Times Square Reconstruction, during her time at Snøhetta. Misako currently teaches in the Landscape Architecture Department at the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her B. LA from Cornell University and her M. LA and M. Arch from the University of Pennsylvania where she received the ASLA Honors Award.