The National Building Museum Presents: Justice is Beauty™: The Work of MASS Design Group

Image of the Justice is Beauty exhibit on display at the National Building Museum
© National Building Museum/Elman Studio.

New Exhibition Showcases Nonprofit Architecture Firm Whose Design Work Focuses on Public Health, Personal Well-Being, and Human Dignity

Justice is Beauty: The Work of MASS Design Group opens on April 9, 2021, at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.. The 3,000 sq. ft. exhibition introduces MASS Design Group’s portfolio, showcasing its work in the architecture of health from its first project, the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda, designed to prevent the spread of tuberculosis, to its design for infection control in outbreaks of cholera, Ebola, and coronavirus.

The exhibition is organized around the themes of engaging, healing, fostering, conserving, and marking, and features completed buildings, proposed projects, and applied research initiatives along with photographs, videos, renderings, and models.

In conjunction with Justice is Beauty, MASS Design Group will be featured at the Museum with the Washington, D.C., debut of the Gun Violence Memorial Project, which also opens on April 9. Combining architecture with memory and advocacy, this installation—four glass houses that contain mementos of people killed by gun violence—is a partnership with conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas and gun violence prevention organizations Purpose Over Pain and Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. The Memorial, located on the Museum’s ground floor, will be free for all visitors.

Justice is Beauty and the Gun Violence Memorial Project will be on display through March 2023.

Image of the Gun Violence Memorial Project on view at the National Building Museum
© National Building Museum/Elman Studio.


Celebrating 10 years of work, MASS Design Group's first monograph highlights the projects, people, and partnerships that have formed the backbone of MASS since their earliest beginnings.

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