Michael Murphy, MArch ’11, and Alan Ricks, MArch ‘10, are cofounders of MASS Design Group, a nonprofit architecture firm based in Boston, working in Rwanda, Liberia, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Haiti, and beyond. First celebrated for its Butaro District Hospital (2011)—designed for the Ministry of Health of Rwanda and the NGO Partners In Health—MASS Design is known for developing-world public health design projects that studiously involve local constituents in the entire design process, from planning and programming to construction. Recent projects include hospitals in Haiti with Les Centres GHESKIO and a center for Global Health Research in Uganda, with Massachusetts General Hospital. A finalist for the TED Prize, Aga Khan Award for Architecture, MOMA PS1 Young Architects Program, and Buckminster Fuller Challenge, MASS Design has won awards from the Architectural League of New York, the Healthcare Design Changemaker Award, and the Curry Stone Design Prize; it has been featured in Architectural Record, MARK, Detail, Lotus, Fast Company, The Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Boston Globe.
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