Michael Murphy

Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design


M.Arch, Harvard University GSD
B.A., University of Chicago


Michael Murphy, Int FRIBA, is a Founding Principal and Executive Director of MASS Design Group, a collective of architecture and design advocates dedicated to the construction of dignity. Since MASS’s beginnings, Michael’s portfolio documents work in over a dozen countries and spans the areas of healthcare, education, housing, urban development, food systems, Indigenous sovereignty, and the public monument. His 2016 TED talk has reached over a 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, University of Michigan, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation and was recently awarded the position of Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Institute of Technology.

Under Michael’s guidance, MASS has been awarded globally and featured in over 900 publications. Most recently, MASS was recognized as the winner of the AIA 2021 Collaborative Achievement Award and Wall Street Journal’s 2020 Architecture Innovator. MASS’s design of the National Memorial for Peace and Justice was named the “single greatest work of American architecture in the 21st century” by Mark Lamster from the Dallas Morning News.