For the past decade, not-for-profit architecture and design collective, MASS Design Group has been creating industry standards in the developing world for sustainable and equitable development that is accessible, purposeful, and healing. The Boston and Kigali, Rwanda-based group got its start by designing hospitals in Africa and to date, has constructed more than 15 medical facilities on the continent, including a massive medical campus in Butaro, Rwanda that includes the firm’s first project, the Butaro District Hospital (completed in 2011). The firm– founded in 2008 by Harvard University Graduate School of Design graduates Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks– has established itself as one of the leading design firms working the frontlines of public health crises that have included the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and Haiti’s cholera outbreak in 2010.

MASS, which is an acronym for Model of Architecture Serving Society, employs its standards of architecture that promotes health-conscious design across not just its medical facilities, but also its office spaces, educational institutions, affordable housing, public memorial spaces, and more. But it is the firm’s pioneering work in healthcare facilities that has put them in high demand for advice on how to build functional spaces that also address infection control and overall enhanced public health, especially as the world continues to reel from the Covid-19 pandemic.