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I believe in an expanded model of architecture–one that engages policy, research, education, and advocacy to embed lasting impact.

Amie Shao

Principal, Advocacy
Boston, MA, USA

Amie is a Principal at MASS Design Group, where she leads the Advocacy team with Katie Swenson.

Since the birth of her twins in 2017, she has championed the design of childbirth spaces that promote healing, justice, and dignity – from working with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to redesign government birth facilities in Ethiopia and Bangladesh, to collaborating with Ariadne Labs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to investigate the impact of design on clinical care in US childbirth. Her work is aimed at engaging stakeholders in the design process; creating human-centered environments that are functional, adaptable, and mission-driven; and advocating for why space matters. 

Prior to joining MASS, Amie worked for the Office for Metropolitan Architecture in Beijing, WORK Architecture Company in New York City, and EnSitu, S.A. in Panama.  Amie received her Master of Architecture and a Certificate in Urban Policy & Planning from Princeton University.