THE MASS APPROACH

an impact driven model

A New Model of Practice

  1. First, we immerse ourselves in the contexts where we work to understand the challenges and opportunities of a new location.
  2. Then, we design beautiful buildings that deliver dignity, improve health and well-being, and have the greatest positive impact in the communities they serve.
  3. Next, we leverage the construction process to maximize economic, educational, and environmental outcomes.
  4. The end of construction is in many ways a beginning. We evaluate the quantitative and qualitative impacts of the design and construction process to prove the value of architecture in improving people’s lives.

“I haven’t ever seen buildings like this. In the process of making them, MASS created a different language around what architecture can aspire to be.”

− Chris Anderson, TED Curator

About Mass

MASS Design Group began in 2008 during the design and building of the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda; a project of Partners In Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Since then, MASS has expanded to work on three continents with projects spanning the design of buildings, research, policy, education, and strategic planning. Our work seeks to provide infrastructure, buildings, and the human and physical systems necessary for growth, dignity, and well-being.

MASS has been awarded the Curry Stone Design Prize, Zumtobel Prize, Architecture League Emerging Voices Award, Healthcare Design Changemaker Award, Contract Magazine ‘Designer of the Year’, and received the World Architecture News Burro Happold Award, among others. MASS has been a finalist for the TED Prize, and the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and a semi-finalist for the Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

Pictured: MASS co-founders Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks at the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda.

Where We Work