MASS Design Group, founded by Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks, was named the 2012 Designer of the Year by Contract magazine. The story of MASS Design Group is a story of young designers with tremendous vision, ideas, and energy coming together in collaboration and partnership. Murphy and Ricks were students at Harvard GSD when Murphy met Dr. Paul Farmer, the co-founder of Partners in Health. A conversation began, and a partnership was started in which Murphy and Ricks formed MASS Design Group and designed the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda in collaboration with Partners in Health. Learn much more of the MASS story in the video, with interviews with Murphy, Ricks, as well as Dr. Farmer. MASS is demonstrating the ability to improve people’s lives through design, and to be a primary example for how designers can rethink their role in the world.

With a readership of architects, interior designers, and related professionals, Contract magazine is a 52-year-old publication in the United States focused on commercial architecture and interiors. Visit Contract magazine at contractdesign.com.

Read more on the development of MASS Design Group at contractdesign.com/2012DOY.

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