Michael Murphy, Founding Partner and Executive Director
Michael is the Executive director and Co-Founder of MASS Design Group. Michael helped lead the design of the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, assisting with architectural solutions to mitigate and reduce the transmission of airborne diseases like tuberculosis. Opened in 2010, the Butaro Hospital has won awards including 2011 Acute Medical Building of the Year by Contract Magazine and the Zumtobel Award given every three years for sustainability and humanity in the built environment.
Michael has been the recipient of the 2010 Design Futures Council Emerging Leaders Scholarship, deemed a Master of Design for 2010 by Fast Company Magazine, named one of 2011's Game Changers by Metropolis Magazine, and honored in the PopTech Fellows class of 2011 as a leader in technology innovation. Michael has a Masters in Architecture from Harvard's Graduate School of Design, has taught courses on design for infection control at Harvard University’s school of Public Health, and was a 2011 Entrepreneur in Residence at Clark University as well as a Sasaki Distinguished Visiting Critic at the Boston Architectural College. Michael with partner Alan Ricks recently accepted the award for 2012 Designer of the Year from Contract Magazine and the Curry Stone Design Award for 2012.