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GO PRO PRO Bono: Empowering Architecture and Design

CE Credit: 0.1 CEU

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Length: 60 minutes

Course Code: CEU course 112311-41

Empowering Architecture and Design: a Keynote Presentation from MASS Design Group (0.1 CEU)

By applying architectural thinking to the full project delivery process, as well as focusing on the process of constructing a building as much as—if not more than—the physical building itself, architects and designers have the ability to not only design the built environment, but also to build capacity, create dignity and empower users. MASS Design Group combines low-cost, locally available construction materials with innovative and appropriate design to produce equitable infrastructure, break the cycle of poverty and ultimately create buildings that heal.

Meet the Speakers

Michael MurphyMichael Murphy, Founding Partner and Executive Director, MASS Design Group

Michael co-founded MASS Design Group in 2007. Besides leading the design of the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, which was awarded 2011 Acute Medical Building of the Year by Contract magazine, Michael has been awarded 2011 Gamechanger from Metropolis magazine, was one of Fast Company's Masters of Design for 2011, has been a PopTech Social Innovation Fellow, and recently accepted Contract's Designer of the Year Award for 2012. He holds a B.A. from University of Chicago, and a Masters of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design.



Alan RicksAlan Ricks, Founding Partner and Chief Operating Officer, MASS Design Group

As COO, Alan manages the firm’s offices in Rwanda, Haiti Boston, and Los Angeles, leading projects such as the GHESKIO Tuberculosis Hospital in Haiti, research on health facility design for USAID, and policy writing for the Liberian Ministry of Health. Alan was named to Forbes’ 2012 “30 under 30” list of the most influential people in art and design and received Contract magazine’s Designer of the Year award. He received a B.A. from Colorado College and his Masters in Architecture from the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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