Alan Ricks

Alan co-founded MASS Design Group and as Chief Operating Officer manages global operations and leads projects ranging from design to research to policy—a portfolio that continues to expand the role of design in advancing a more equitable world.

Alan was appointed as an Expert-in-Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab and is a Young Global Leader with the World Economic Forum for the 2014-2019 term. He recently gave a TED Talk, which chief TED curator Chris Anderson described as “a different language about what architecture can aspire to be.”

He is a regular speaker and writer on the role of architecture in catalyzing social change. He received his Bachelor of Arts from Colorado College and his Master of Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.