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Michael Murphy
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Michael Murphy serves as the Chief Executive Officer of MASS Design Group, a nonprofit architecture firm based in Boston, MA. In 2008 while still in architecture school, Murphy along with Alan Ricks founded MASS to bring exemplary design services to communities otherwise excluded from its benefits, innovating new processes to thwart negative health outcomes. Today in his role as CEO, he provides architectural leadership in designing standout buildings, as well as cultivates partnerships and processes that foster these projects.

Michael led the design and construction of MASS’s first project, the Butaro Hospital which opened in 2011 and has received a number of awards, including Acute Care Facility of the Year by Contract Magazine and the Zumtobel Group Award for sustainability and humanity in the built environment. The Butaro Hospital has since become an example for MASS’s commitment to the communities where they work, as the hospital has led to the completion of on-site housing for doctors, the first facility devoted to cancer treatment in Rwanda, and forthcoming projects including the renovation of the existing outpatient health clinic and housing for patients’ families. MASS’s work has gained traction and accolades, including articles in major news sources and academic publications. As a practice, MASS has won the 2012 Designer of the Year by Contract Magazine, the Curry Stone Design Prize for 2012, and was chosen as one of the Architectural League’s Emerging Voices for 2013. MASS’s second project, the Umubano School, was recently shortlisted for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture. Michael has taught courses on design for infection control at Harvard University’s School of Public Health, has served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Clark University, and serves on the advisory board for the Master of Professional Studies for the New York School of Interior Design, the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting Advisory Board, as well as for the TED Prize 2013. He holds a BA in English Literature from University of Chicago and a Masters in Architecture from Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

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Kankwanzi's Story: Why We Need More Women in Infrastructure and Building

(0) Comments | Posted March 7, 2014 | 4:58 PM

"They told me, 'No woman climbs. No woman builds.' That women can't do a lot of things."

These are the types of observations that followed Anne Marie Nyiranshimiyimana wherever she went when she first began working with us on the Ministry of Health's district hospital construction...

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A Haitian Solution for Public Infrastructure to Eliminate Diarrheal Disease

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 4:58 PM

The Haitian government faces the monumental task of developing sanitation and water infrastructure in a city the size of Manhattan, (a task that would undoubtedly cause any administration to balk). In response the Haitian government has developed a National Plan for the Elimination of Cholera." The $2.2 billion...

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