The first monograph of MASS Design Group, the internationally lauded firm creating some of the most powerful and humane works of architecture today.
Michael Murphy is the founding principal and executive director of MASS Design Group. As a designer, writer, and teacher, his work investigates the social and political consequences of the built world. Michael's research and writing advocates for a new empowerment that calls on architects to consider the power relationships of their design decisions, while simultaneously searching for beauty and meaning. Michael's 2016 TED Talk invites viewers to question how architecture can be a tool for healing and the construction of dignity. Michael is an adjunct associate professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation. In 2018, he was a Santa Fe Art Institute Equal Justice Resident. Alan Ricks is a founding principal and the chief design officer of MASS Design Group. He leads strategy and design of the firm, which has projects in over a dozen countries that range from design to research to policy--a portfolio that continues to expand the role of design in advancing a more just world. He is the William B. and Charlotte Shepherd Davenport Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. He regularly speaks, writes, and creates films focused on the role of architecture in catalyzing social change. Chelsea Clinton is a global health advocate and New York Times bestselling author. Through her writing, teaching, and role as vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, she works tirelessly toward a healthier, safer, and more equitable world.