Baumer Series: Michael Murphy and Christian Benimana


Nov 8, 2021


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Michael Murphy is the Founding Principal and Executive Director of MASS Design Group, a collective of architecture and design advocates dedicated to the construction of dignity. As a designer, writer, and teacher, his work investigates the social and political consequences of the built world. MASS's work has been published in numerous publications from the New York TimesDomus, the Washington Post, to Log. MASS was awarded the 2018 Arts and Letters Award, the 2020 Wall Street Journal's Innovator of the year award, and AIA’s 2021 Collaborative Achievement Award. His 2016 TED talk has reached over 1.7 million views, and he was awarded the Al Filipov Medal for Peace and Justice in 2017. Michael has taught at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, The University of Michigan, Columbia University, MIT, and Cornell. Michael is from Poughkeepsie, NY, and holds a Master of Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago.

Christian Benimana joined MASS Design Group as a Global Health Corps Design Fellow in 2010. Today, Christian works as one of the firm’s Senior Principals and Managing Directors and is Director of the African Design Centre, a field-based apprenticeship that is set to empower leaders who will design a more equitable, just, and sustainable world. At MASS, he has been involved with design/build projects, development initiatives, operational and administration leadership. Christian has been listed among 10 architects and designers that are championing Afrofuturism and 2017 Quartz Africa Innovators. He has authored articles and book chapters including Re-Thinking the Future of African Cities in The African Perspective Magazine and Creating Design Leaders: The African Design Centre in Public Interest Design Education Guidebook.

Michael Murphy and MASS Design is the focus of the 2021 Herbert Baumer Memorial Seminar.