Fumihiko Maki Lecture: Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy co-founded the nonprofit architectural firm MASS Design Group with Alan Ricks to improve social equity and health outcomes through design innovation. As executive director, he oversees MASS’s business development and marketing efforts, cultivating new partnerships with donors, NGOs, business leaders, and governments to lead design projects that enable the built environment to solve health challenges.

Murphy has taught courses on design for infection control at Harvard University’s School of Public Health and has served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Clark University. He serves on the advisory board for the Master of Professional Studies for the New York School of Interior Design, the board of directors of the 2013 TED Prize, and the Clinton Global Initiative advisory committee. Murphy holds a BA in English Literature from University of Chicago and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

MASS’s inaugural project, the 140-bed Butaro Hospital in rural Rwanda, opened in January of 2011 and has been featured in Domus, Architectural Record, Mark Magazine, the Boston Globe, and The New York Times. It has won a number of awards, including Acute Medical Care Facility of 2012 by Contract Magazine and the Zumtobel Group Award for Sustainability and Humanity in the Built Environment (awarded every three years). MASS’s Umubano Primary School, which opened July of 2011 in Kigali, Rwanda, was recently shortlisted as one of 20 international projects for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. As a practice, MASS accepted the Designer of the Year Award for 2012 from Contract Magazine, the Curry Stone Design Prize for 2012, and the Architectural League of New York’s Emerging Voices award for 2013.


Event Details:

  • When: 

    Monday, September 30, 2013
    6:00 p.m.

  • Where: 

    Steinberg Hall, Washington University in St. Louis
    Forsyth Blvd. and N. Skinker Blvd.
    St. Louis, MO

  • More information: 

    Event website.

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