Dallas Architecture Forum
Presents Lecture by
Outstanding Architect Alan Ricks
Thursday, 10 December 2015 at Magnolia Theatre
Dallas Architecture Forum, a non-profit organization for everyone interested in learning about and improving the architecture, design, landscape and urban fabric of the North Texas region is pleased tocontinue its 2015-16 Lecture Season with outstanding architect Alan Ricks, Co-Founder of MASS Design Group, a Boston and Rigali, Rawanda-based firm that designs projects including healthcare and educational centers with far-reaching impact in developing nations. Mass Design works in twelve countries on three continents and uses design to advance a more equitable world. Their projects include the acclaimed Butaro Hospital in Rwanda, the Center for Global Health in Uganda, medical centers for treatment of cholera and TB in Haiti, and the Africa Center for Peace in Rwanda.
Ricks will speak on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. at the Magnolia Theater in the West Village.
Designing and constructing better buildings, and empowering the people who build them. Using good design to save and improve lives around the world.” -MASS Design Group
“Alan Ricks and MASS Design Group have created a new approach to healthcare design in developing countries, focused on healthcare and education, which uses local materials and workmen, develops education programs and even the creation of national architectural standards,” stated Nate Eudaly, Executive Director of the Dallas Architecture Forum. Many of the studio’s projects result from research initiatives supported by the National Institute for Health in collaboration with faculty from the Harvard School of Public Health. Alan Ricks has been named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, which recognizes the most extraordinary leaders of the world under the age of 40′; he was previously recognized by Forbes as a member of its “30 Under 30” honorees, and MASS has been named a finalist for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture, and many others. Their initiatives are literally saving thousands of lives in developing countries by providing well designed facilities to effectively combat diseases such as tuberculosis and cholera. We think this important presentation will be of great interest to the greater Dallas community.”
The lecture will occur at 7 p.m.
on December 10th
, with a complimentary reception beginning at 6:15 p.m.
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., and Architectural Lighting Alliance.
Co-Founder, MASS Design Group
Boston, MA and Rigali, Rawanda
10 December 2015
Thursday, 7 pm with reception at 6:15 pm
The Magnolia Theatre, The West Village
Alan Ricks is the Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of MASS Design Group, an impact-driven architecture and design firm focused on community design for underserved populations around the world. The firm began with the design and construction of the critically acclaimed Butaro Hospital in Rwanda and has since expanded to twelve countries on three continents, focusing on design innovation and health infrastructure development. MASS uses design to advance a more equitable world. Its projects span research, policy, education, and strategic planning that provide infrastructure, buildings, and the human and physical systems necessary for growth, dignity, and well-being. Among MASS Design’s major initiatives is the Center for Global Health in Uganda, medical centers for treatment of cholera and TB in Haiti, and the Africa Center for Peace in Rwanda. Many of the studio’s projects result from research initiatives supported by the National Institute for Health in collaboration with faculty from the Harvard School of Public Health.
Alan Ricks has been named a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, which “recognizes the most extraordinary leaders of the world under the age of 40”. He is also Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Harvard Innovation Lab and was previously recognized by Forbes as a member of its “30 Under 30” honorees. Alan is also a regular guest lecturer and presenter for TED Talks, Harvard, McKinsey and Company, AIA events, and other conferences. He is a graduate of Colorado College and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Under the leadership of Co-Founders Michael Murphy and Alan Ricks, MASS has been named a finalist for the Aga Khan Award for Architecture and the Buckminster Fuller Challenge, and has received the World Architecture News Effectiveness Award, the Architectural League Emerging Voices Award, Healthcare Design Changemaker Award, the Curry Stone Design Prize, and Contract Magazine’s ‘Designer of the Year’. He was also named by Fast Company magazine as one of the world’s 10 Most Generous Designers. MASS’s first book, Empowering Architecture focuses on the Butaro Hospital design process. With co-founder Michael Murphy he writes for journals including The Journal of Architecture, and the Stanford Social Innovation Review, as well as for the Huffington Post. Features on MASS include Wired magazine, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and in architecture and design publications including Interior Design, Architectural Record, Metropolis, and Domus.
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