Virtual Book Talk: The Architecture of Health with Michael Murphy and Michael Kimmelman

What is architecture’s impact on the physical and social wellness of society? Why are our buildings making us sicker? MASS Design Group explores these questions and more in its latest book, The Architecture of Health: Hospital Design and the Construction of Dignity (Nov. 2021), published by Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum (Artbook DAP, distributors). The book examines how our built world was shaped by disease and reveals how historical examples can offer us caution and inspiration.

Join us for a virtual book talk with author Michael Murphy, Founding Principal and Executive Director of MASS Design Group, in conversation with Michael Kimmelman, architecture critic for the New York Times.

The Architecture of Health complements Cooper Hewitt’s exhibition Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics, which opens to the public on December 10, 2021. Order your copy of The Architecture of Health, alongside a collection of books and accessories inspired by the upcoming exhibition.


Michael Kimmelman (Moderator) is the architecture critic of the New York Times and the founder and editor at large of Headway, a nonprofit initiative at the Times exploring the world’s challenges through the lens of progress.


Michael Murphy, Int FRIBA, is a Founding Principal and the Executive Director of MASS Design Group. Murphy is the Thomas W. Ventulett III Distinguished Chair in Architectural Design at Georgia Institute of Technology. MASS Design Group has received numerous awards globally, including the 2017 National Design Award from Cooper Hewitt.


This free program will be hosted through Zoom, with the option to dial in as well. It will include a brief presentation before a moderated discussion and an audience Q&A. Details will be emailed to you upon registration. This program includes closed captioning. It will be recorded and available on Cooper Hewitt’s YouTube channel. For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation, please email or let us know when registering.


Special Thanks

Design and Healing: Creative Responses to Epidemics is made possible with major support from Crystal and Chris Sacca. Generous support is also provided by Lisa Roberts and David Seltzer and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation. Additional support is provided by the Cooper Hewitt Master’s Program Fund.

The Architecture of Health: Hospital Design and the Construction of Dignity is made possible in part with the support of Furthermore, a program of the J.M. Kaplan Fund.