February 8, 2012
On the heals of MASS Design Group being recognized as the 2012 Designers of the Year by Contract Magazine, writer Courtney Martin sat down with co-founder Michael Murphy for a Q&A, published yesterday by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Among other questions, Martin asks “What is the biggest challenge facing young architects and designers who want to do work for the public good?” Murphy responds:
I think the most profound challenges are starting and sustaining a practice financially. The public good should, of course, be the goal of any architecture or design firm; however, funding vehicles don’t necessarily follow that logic. Young designers are finding their own strategies. Pro bono is one way. Sponsored research support from larger firms or universities is another. If they can fund a “proof of concept,” for example, often markets and new work follow. The more we can encourage this work, the more diverse and public-focused we can be.
Click here to read Courtney Martin’s full Q&A with MASS Co-founder Michael Murphy in the Stanford Social Innovation Review.