For the team of designers and builders at MASS, good architecture is more than beautiful. It can improve the health and well-being of a community, while spurring greater economic and environmental benefits. MASS’s revolutionary approach has led to the design and construction of schools in Rwanda, hospitals in Haiti, and more transformative facilities across three continents.
Relying on a “Lo-Fab,” or locally fabricated, design and construction process, MASS staffs every project with local labor and uses local materials. This emphasis on developing skills and craft as a meaningful opportunity for the communities with which they work also emerges in MASS’s commitment to train architects to take on the growing challenge of creating high-quality infrastructure. For example, the coming year will witness the creation of the African Design Centre, a two-year fellowship for young architects so they can retain their expertise within their own communities.
Initiatives like these embody MASS’s inclusive approach to architecture, one that values the building process as much as the finished product and that understands beauty and craft as opportunities to create dignity.