Co-founder and CEO
Michael Murphy is the executive director of MASS Design Group, which he co-founded with Alan Ricks in 2010. Since leading the design and construction of the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, Michael has led MASS in expanding into ten countries and three continents. Michael regularly speaks to a variety of audiences on architecture and health care, and sits on the boards of the Clinton Global Initiative Advisory Committee, the Harvard Graduate School of Design Alumni Board, and the Center for Healthcare Design, among others.
An architect by training, Michael was recently listed in the Atlantic Monthly as one of the “Greatest Innovators of Today.” Under his and Alan’s leadership, MASS has been named finalists for the TED Prize, The Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and Buckminster Fuller Challenge. MASS’s work has also received the World Architecture News Burro Happold Award, The Architectural League of New York: Emerging Voices Award, Architizer A+ Award, Healthcare Design Changemaker Award, the Curry Stone Design Prize, and Contract Magazine ‘Designer of the Year’, among others.
Michael also works to spread MASS’s design philosophy through a variety of mediums. Michael is a Rainer Arnhold Fellow with the Mulago Foundation, an Expert-in-Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab, and is published in the Lancet, the Huffington Post, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review. MASS’s first book, Empowering Architecture, was published in 2012 as a reflection on the Butaro Hospital design process. MASS has been featured in Wired Magazine, the New York Times, Fast Company, and the Boston Globe, and in architecture publications including Mark, Architectural Record, Detail, Domus, and Lotus, among others.
Michael is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he holds a degree in English literature, and Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design.