Alan RICKS, Co-Founder MASS Design Group

Alan Ricks co-leads strategy and design of the MASS Design Group. With projects in over twenty countries and scope covering architecture, landscape, engineering, construction, and fabrication, he oversees the design process of the interdisciplinary studios. Alan and MASS were awarded the National Design Award for Architecture from the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum. The Royal Institute of British Architects awarded Alan an International Fellowship in recognition of his contribution towards the field of architecture. Alan is a member of The Forum of Young Global Leaders with the World Economic Forum, and he has previously taught at the Yale School of Architecture and the Harvard GSD. Chris Anderson, chief curator of TED, described his TED talk as “a different language about what architecture can aspire to be.”

MASS Design Group was named WSJ Magazine’s Architecture Innovator of the Year for 2020. MASS was recognized for their origins in healthcare and designing architecture as a medium for healing, through its public-health expertise and ability to reimagine spaces for everyday life. In addition, The Embrace, a memorial sculpture honoring Martin Luther King, Jr., and Coretta Scott King, designed by conceptual artist Hank Willis Thomas and MASS Design Group was announced recently. The sculpture will be built on Boston Common. The studio’s National Memorial for Peace and Justice, completed in 2018, has become an iconic and important touchstone in the movement for racial justice in our country.


*All Lectures will occur at 7 pm on the dates indicated below. Our hope is to have all of the Lectures in the Horchow Auditorium at the Dallas Museum of Art. This plan is contingent on state, local and museum guidelines in place at the time of each scheduled Lecture. If Covid-related restrictions are still in place, the Lecture will be presented virtually on the scheduled date.