Photo of Amie Shao, Research Director at MASS Design Group.

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

Amie Shao

Kigali, Rwanda

Amie directs MASS’s research initiatives with a focus on health infrastructure planning, design, and evaluation. Her work is aimed at engaging and empowering stakeholders in the design process; supporting and substantiating the impact of design on health, social, and environmental outcomes; and translating research into guidelines that can be used to advocate for policy change.  She coordinated the production of National Health Infrastructure Standards for the Liberian Ministry of Health and has been involved in the design and evaluation of healthcare facilities in Haiti, Africa, and the United States. Amie has also managed a range of research initiatives aimed at understanding the impact of the built environment on individual and community health, including a collaboration with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, studying the spatial needs of children with Cerebral Palsy, and more recently with Ariadne Labs on the Impact of Design on Clinical Care in Childbirth.

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.