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MASS Design Group in collaboration with Hank Willis Thomas

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MASS Design Group principals. Courtesy MASS Design Group
MASS, or Model of Architecture Serving Society, began with the design and construction of the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda, a project of Partners in Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. The partnership evolved into a nonprofit architecture and design collective that works to advance justice, promote dignity, and improve human and community health through mission-driven design processes. Understanding that architecture is never neutral, MASS leverages design to improve the human and physical systems necessary for health, justice, and equity. Its practice strives to demonstrate that great design can engage civic responsibility, deliver economic and social outcomes, and inspire by bringing beauty and dignity to those most often denied or displaced by architecture. Among MASS’s critically acclaimed projects are the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama; the Kigali Genocide Memorial in Rwanda; and The Embrace, a public sculpture in Boston made in collaboration with the artist Hank Willis Thomas, honoring Coretta Scott King and Martin Luther King Jr.

Established 2008, Kigali, Rwanda; Boston, USA; and Poughkeepsie, USA