Co-Founder and Executive Director, MASS Design Group
Michael Murphy is the executive director and co-founder of MASS Design Group, an architecture and design collaborative with offices in Boston and Kigali. As a designer, writer, and teacher, his work investigates the social and political consequences of the built world. Murphy focuses on how environments shape behavior and his research and writing advocate for a new empowerment in architecture that calls on architects to consider the ethical nature of their design decisions while simultaneously searching for beauty and meaning.
Murphy is an adjunct associate professor at the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, has taught at the Wentworth Institute of Technology, the Boston Architectural College and the Harvard Graduate school of Design, and is a 2018 Santa Fe Art Institute Equal Justice Resident. His essays on architecture have been widely published and MASS's work has been featured in The New York Times
Magazine, Fast Company
, The Atlantic
, Mark Magazine
, Architectural Record
, and many others.
MASS recently won the 2017 Cooper Hewitt National Design Award for Architecture Design. MASS was also a recipient of the Zumbtobel Group Prize, shortlisted for the Aga Khan award for Architecture, and a finalist for the TED Prize and the Buckminster Fuller Prize.
Murphy has lectured around the globe, most recently giving a keynote address at the 2017 American Institute of Archictects Conference. His talk at the 2016 Annual TED Conference, Architecture That's Built To Heal, has reached over 1 million views online.
Murphy is from Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and earned a master of architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a bachelor of arts in English Literature from the University of Chicago.