Our mission is to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity.

We are a team of over 140+ architects, landscape architects, engineers, builders, furniture designers, writers, filmmakers, and researchers representing 20 countries across the globe. We believe in expanding access to design that is purposeful, healing, and hopeful.

In 2020, MASS was named the Architecture Innovator of the Year by the Wall Street Journal, for our origins in healthcare and designing architecture as a medium for healing. In 2019, Architect Magazine ranked MASS 4th in Design, and in 2017, MASS was awarded the National Design Award in Architecture, given each year by the Cooper Hewitt, the Smithsonian Museum for Design. To date, our work has been featured in over 4,000 publications.

National Memorial for Peace and Justice

“To my mind, it is the single greatest work of American architecture of the 21st century, and the most successful memorial design since the 1982 debut of Maya Lin’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.”

–Mark Lamster from the Dallas Morning News

How We Work

We believe that every project has a mission and accompany our partners throughout the design process — from early visioning through project completion — to develop and implement a shared vision for how design can achieve that mission. We do this through architecture, landscape design, engineering, planning, research, film, and community engagement.

Helping build a climate positive future is imperative. Our projects move beyond just issues of energy use and efficiency, to holistically design the project ecosystem, including an entire supply chain that is sustainable, resilient, and regenerative. One Health design is a strategy that produces diverse, healthy, and productive habitats for human, animal, and ecological growth.

MASS Design Group principals


MASS Design Group, which stands for Model of Architecture Serving Society, is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization, governed by a board of directors who oversee and advise on the organization and the maintenance of our mission. The board is comprised of a diverse group of thought leaders from different sectors and perspectives that meet quarterly to review the organization’s strategy and operations. The full-time senior leadership of MASS Design Group is comprised of design principals and senior directors: Sierra Bainbridge, Christian Benimana, Justin Brown, Regina Chen, Jonathan Evans, Rosie Goldrick, Patricia Gruits, Chris Kroner, Joseph Kunkel, Ashley Marsh, Sarah Mohland, Michael Murphy, Alan Ricks, David Saladik, Adam Saltzman, Jean Paul Sebuhayi, Amie Shao, Matt Smith, Katie Swenson, and Peter Torrebiarte who develop and administer the strategy of MASS’s work. The group meets weekly to assess where to direct grants in the form of in-kind services, select what projects to take on, and review general operations and strategy.



Celebrating the many people, projects, and partnerships that have formed the backbone of MASS, our first monograph, JUSTICE IS BEAUTY,  features contributed essays from our partners, conversations between our team and collaborators, and in depth visual essays of our built work, curated by architectural photographer, Iwan Baan. Thank you to the innumerable partners, supporters, friends, and team members that have made our first 10 years possible and have paved the way for future decades. 

Purchase your copy here.