Architecture Students' Nonprofit Designs in Rwanda, Now Haiti

By September 1, 2011 Blog, Featured

Originally featured in Metropolis back in January, and their first major project receiving wide acclaim, MASS Design Group is a (pending) not-for-profit design firm founded by six students at Harvard’s Graduate School of Design – Michael Murphy, Marika Shioiri-Clark, Ryan Leidner, Alda Ly, Alan Ricks, and David Saladik.

Just two years into their studies, the students approached Partners in Health to inquire about the design of their clinics, and ended up with the task of designing one of them in Rwanda, in collaboration with the Rwandan Ministry of Health. You can find out more about the project in Andres Lepik’s recent report over at Domus and a more detailed profile with plans over at Archinect.

After extensive coverage and advocacy, the organization is expanding, recently opening a  new office in Port au Prince, Haiti, for which they are currently hiring. Below are a two videos featuring a TEDx talk and an interview with two of the group’s founders.

Marika Shioiri-Clark at TEDxStellenbosch in South Africa, on “Empathic Architecture

Interview with MASS executive director, Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy- MASS Design Group from Metropolis magazine on Vimeo.

*Top photo by Iwan Baan

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