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Michael   Murphy

Michael Murphy

Founding Principal & Former CEO, Mass Design Group


Michael Murphy is an architect, educator and writer, and founder of Michael P. Murphy Studio. His work focuses on how the built environment shapes our lives, our health, and our communities. Michael’s recent book, The Architecture of Health, traces the history of medical design and its attempt to align architecture with health outcomes. Michael’s recent work looks at the ownership of the built environment and how sharing access can solve the climate and social crises we face. Read More >

Michael is the current Thomas Ventulett Chair of Architecture at Georgia Tech, and serves on the board of MASS Design Group, which he co-founded and led until 2022; where he led the design of such projects as the Butaro District Hospital, the National Memorial For Peace and Justice, and the Embrace Memorial in Boston. His essays on architecture have been widely published and MASS's work has been featured in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Fast Company, The Atlantic, Wired, Mark Magazine, Metropolis, Architectural Record, Detail, and many others. MASS 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 Architects Conference. His talk at the 2016 Annual TED Conference, Architecture That’s Built To Heal, has reached over 1 million views online.

Michael has a BA from University of Chicago, an M.Arch from Harvard graduate school of Design, and lives in Boston with his wife and two children. Read Less ^

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Architecture that's built to heal | Michael Murphy

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Architecture that Heals