MASS Announces Promotions in 2022
BOSTON & KIGALI Rwanda, February 10, 2022 – Our first, largest, and longest-running design project is the design of our practice. The creativity, talent, and dedication of our team of over 250 architects, landscape architects, engineers, writers, filmmakers, and researchers—representing twenty countries around the world—is what makes MASS unique. We are proud to announce staff promotions and welcome new team members.
Jha D Amazi is the Director of the Public Memory and Memorials Lab which is an initiative that advances research, training, and built work around a central thesis: spatializing memory can heal us and inspire collective action for generations to come. Projects in the Lab’s portfolio include the Sugar Land 95 Cemetery Revitalization Project, Harris County Remembrance Project and several initiatives with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Jha D is a spoken word artist, event producer, and SpaceMaker for the LGBTQ+ communities of color.
Anton Larsen leads project teams from the Kigali office on projects across the continent. His research is focused on climate positive design contributing to seminal projects like the Rwanda Institute for Conservation Agriculture and in developing viable opportunities for affordable housing in East Africa with projects like the Masaka Affordable Housing and Mvule Gardens for 14 Trees. Anton has been advancing the work of the Performance and Provenance Council, contributing to MASS’s organizational sustainability goals and implementing carbon targets and measurement tools across project teams.
Jeffrey Yasuo Mansfield leads MASS’s Deaf Space and Disability Justice Lab, uplifting the lived experience of Deaf and Disabled communities to bring equity and dignity on a number of education and cultural projects. Jeffrey is a recipient of the Ford and Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Disability Futures fellowship, a John W. Kluge Fellow at the Library of Congress, and co-author of The Architecture of Health with Michael Murphy. He has taught design studios at the University of Michigan and Harvard Graduate School of Design. Deaf since birth, Jeffrey’s current research explores the formation of Deaf and Disability spaces as expressions of cultural resistance.
Caitlin Taylor is an architect with a background in food and farming. In her role directing MASS’s Food System Design Lab, she develops interdisciplinary research at the intersection of food systems, regional ecologies, and the built environment. Caitlin is leading design projects around the country including the Stone Barns Center for Food & Agriculture and the Pepper Place Pavilion. She is a professor at the Yale School of Architecture and lives on the farm that she owns and runs with her family.
Congratulations to the following MASS team members on their recent promotions:
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Bob Stern joins MASS as the inaugural Director of Graphic Design. He will move the firm’s brand forward in all mediums, develop strategic management of MASS’s fast-growing archive of visual assets, provide design direction and graphic support to business development and project leadership through refinement and development of graphic standards and templates. He also joins MASS’s expanding exhibit design practice, and contributes environmental graphics and wayfinding expertise to architectural and planning projects.
We welcome the following individuals who have recently joined the MASS Team!
Kelvin Adjei-Akosah, Junior Filmmaker
Mahdi Ahmed, Designer
Megan Altendorf, Senior Architect
Nicki Ambrose, HR Coordinator
Antonieta Boxce, Assistant Editor and Media Manager
Celina Brownotter, Designer
Francisco Coch, Junior Designer
Talent Davis, Lead for Poughkeepsie Fellow
Tyler Denton, Advancement Consultant
Kyle Digby, Design Consultant
Sylvie Dufitimana, GHC Fellow
Bonney Prudent Duhujuburanga, Carpenter
Francis Fotsing, Engineer Grade 2
Sharon Marie Furaha, Operations Coordinator
Serge Iradukunda, Engineer Grade 2
Tamara Jamil, Designer
Nixon Magese, Engineer Grade 3
Pacifique Mpambara, Carpenter
Jean Bosco Mugabe, Finance Coordinator
Joel Muhozi, Filmmaker
Tamer Musharbesh, Landscape Architect
Barthazarad Nteziryayo, Carpenter
John Padmore, Senior Designer
Sarah Payton, Designer
Terri Pham, YPTC
Diego Rigalies, Operations Coordinator
Brian Sandford, Designer
Nailla Simbi, Filmmaker
Jennifer Tran, Landscape Designer
Joselyne Uwineza, GHC Fellow
Jessica Wetters, Senior Architect
Kara Westhoven, Communications Specialist
DaMario Walker Brown, Designer
Andrew Younker, Designer
Learn more about people at MASS here.