Michael Murphy: Justice is Beauty

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GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, by Mass Design Group. photo / Iwan Baan
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Michael Murphy, founding principal and executive director of Mass Design Group, lectured in Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP
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Murphy's practice investigates the social and political consequences of the built world. William Staffeld / AAP
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Murphy advocated for architects to consider the power relationships of their design decisions. William Staffeld / AAP
GHESKIO Cholera Treatment Center in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, by Mass Design Group. photo / Iwan Baan Michael Murphy, founding principal and executive director of Mass Design Group, lectured in Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium. William Staffeld / AAP Murphy's practice investigates the social and political consequences of the built world. William Staffeld / AAP Murphy advocated for architects to consider the power relationships of their design decisions. William Staffeld / AAP

FXCollaborative Lecture on Sustainability, Urbanism, and Design

Michael Murphy is the founding principal and executive director of Mass Design Group, an architecture and design collective with offices in Boston; Poughkeepsie; and Kigali, Rwanda. As a designer, writer, and teacher, his work investigates the social and political consequences of the built world. Murphy advocates for a new empowerment that calls on architects to consider the power relationships of their design decisions, while simultaneously searching for beauty and meaning. Since Mass's beginnings, its portfolio of work has expanded to more than a dozen countries and spans the areas of health care, education, housing, urban development, and more recently, food systems, indigenous sovereignty, and the public monument.

Mass's work has been recognized and published widely. Most recently, Mass received the 2018 J. Irwin and Xenia S. Miller Prize, the 2018 American Academy of Arts and Letters Award in Architecture, and the 2017 Cooper Hewitt National Design Architecture Award.

Murphy is an adjunct associate professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation, and recently taught a studio at University of Michigan, Taubman College. He is from Poughkeepsie, New York, and holds a master of architecture from Harvard GSD and a bachelor of arts from University of Chicago.