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Butaro District Hospital in Rigali, Rwanda, designed by MASS Design Group. Hear Architect Alan Ricks describe this and other life-changing projects for The Dallas Architecture Forum on December 10 at the 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 to continue 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. Tickets are $20 per lecture for general admission and $5 for students (with ID). Tickets can be purchased at the door before the lecture. No reservations are needed to attend Forum lectures. Dallas Architecture Forum members receive free admission to all regular Forum lectures as a benefit of membership, and AIA members can earn one hour of CE credit for each lecture. For more information on the Dallas Architecture Forum, visit or call 214-764-2406.

Season Benefactors for the Dallas Architecture Forum’s 2015-2016 Season are Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty, and Maharger Development | Reggie Graham.  Fall Series Benefactors are Corgan Associates, MAPP Construction, Modmedia, inc. //, and Architectural Lighting Alliance.

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