Alan Ricks is a Founding Principal and the Chief Design Officer of MASS Design Group, a non-profit practice with the mission to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity. He leads strategy and design of the 120-person firm, which has projects in over twenty countries. These range across design, research and policy — a portfolio that continues to expand the role of design in advancing a more just world.
MASS was awarded the 2017 National Design Award for Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, and the Royal Institute of British Architects recognised Alan’s contribution to the field of architecture with an International Fellowship in 2019.
Alan has previously taught at the Yale School of Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design. Chris Anderson, chief curator of TED, described his TED talk as “a different language about what architecture can aspire to be.”