Architecture is not neutral; it either hurts or heals. Architecture has the power to project its values far beyond the building’s walls and into the lives, the consciousness, of communities and people. To acknowledge that architecture has this kind of agency and power is to acknowledge that buildings, and the industry that erects them, are as accountable for social injustices as they are critical levers to improving the lives of the people who use them. Founding Principal and Executive Director of MASS Design Group, Michael Murphy, will showcase a series of recent projects that utilize the MASS practice model, and harness the power of architecture to wrestle with our most difficult truths, reveal hidden narratives of our social structure, and seek to reconstruct the systems that perpetuate injustice.
Goldsmith Interviews is a series of faculty-led video interviews with visiting lecturers at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. Each semester, the School’s Lectures and Exhibitions Committee invites international experts in the fields of architecture, architectural history, community and regional planning, historic preservation, interior design, landscape architecture, sustainable design, urban design, and other allied disciplines to share career highlights and a range of models for practice. Goldsmith Interviews features short conversations with these experts, filmed before they take the stage for their public lectures.