MASS design group

MASS Design Group

Organisation type: Non-Profit Organization
Address: 334 Boylston Street Suite 400
Boston, Massachusetts 02116 USA
Region: International
Established: 2008

MASS design group began in 2008 during the design and building of the Butaro District Hospital in Rwanda; a project of Partners In Health and the Rwandan Ministry of Health. Since then, MASS has expanded to work in over a dozen countries in Africa and the Americas. Our work spans the design of buildings, research, policy, education, and strategic planning.

Architecture is not neutral; it either helps or hurts. Architecture is a mechanism that projects its values far beyond a building’s walls and into the lives 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 improve the communities they serve.

The stakes are too high, and the accountability too low, not to insist that architects do something to address these challenges. This is why we started MASS Design Group.  

We set up MASS Design Group as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to create a model of practice optimized to deliver maximum impact to our partners and the communities they serve.

“Architecture is never neutral. It either heals or hurts. Our mission is to research, build, and advocate for architecture that promotes justice and human dignity.”

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People – Environment Research Group (GRIPA)

People – Environment Research Group (GRIPA)

People – Environment Research Group

Organisation type: Research group
Address: Department of Psychology, 
University of A Coruña, Spain.
Region: International
Established: 1995


The People-Environment Research Group (GRIPA)University of A Coruña, born in 1995 in the framework of the research activities of the Laboratory of Social Psychology.It was formed by young researchers and the Faculty of Educational Sciences, and the School of Architecture of this University, the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Vigo and the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Santiago de Compostela. Since then the group has carried out continuous research into the specific applied field of Environmental Psychology and Environmental Education, as well as in the interdisciplinary field of People-Environment Studies, by conducting applied research. 

Check out the website for recent publications and events.


  • Alternative Forms of Houses
  • Analysis of Daily Spaces (Houses)
  • Co2 Reduction
  • Ecological Responsible Behavior
  • Environmental Policy and Public Participation
  • Environmental Quality
  • Health
  • Human Values
  • Information and Communication
  • Perspective of the Citizen/User
  • Safety
  •  Social Impact Evaluation and Public Opinion
  • Social Innovation
  • Social-Community
  • Sustainable Consumption
  • Sustainable Lifestyles and Green Economy




2016 | University of A Coruña
Workshop: The role of social learning in the individual and collective agency for social innovation

2015 | University of A Coruña
Workshop: Theories of change in sustainability transitions

2010 | Menéndez Pelayo International University
Seminar: Sustainability and climate change. Advances in social science research

2007 | University of A Coruña
Course: Sustainability, Values and the Environment

2006 | Costa da Morte III
Lecture series: Social, Economic and Cultural development, environment and quality of life

2005 | Costa da Morte II
Lecture series: Social Intervention and Local Development

2004 | Costa da Morte I
Lecture series: Social Intervention and Local Development

2003 | University of A Coruña
Lecture series: Social Psychology, Social Issues and the Environment

2000 | University of A Coruña
Workshop: Environmental Psychology: Environmental Attitudes and Values

1999 | University of A Coruña
Workshop: Environmental Psychology: Global and Local Environmental Problems




2017 |  University of A Coruña
International Conference on environmental psychology (ICEP): Theories of change and social innovation in transitions towards sustainability

2013 |  University of A Coruña
IAPS International Network Symposium: Sustainable environments in a changing global context. Identifying opportunities for innovative spaces and practices in contexts of crisis”

2005 |  University of A Coruña
9th Spanish National Conference of Social Psychology

2002 |  University of A Coruña
17th Conference of the International Association for People-Environment Studies (IAPS)

1998 |  University of A Coruña
6th Spanish National Conference of Environmental Psychology

1997 | University of A Coruña
10th European Meeting of the Psychometric Society

1995 |  University of A Coruña
European Conference on the Environment: Ecological Responsibility and Environmental Resources Management: Methodological Issues

1994 |  University of A Coruña
International Conference on Youth Research Methods: Methodological Issues in Cross-Cultural Youth Research (in collaboration with the Social Psychology European Research Institute (SPERI) and the Faculty of Psychology at the University of Santiago de Compostela).

1994 | University of A Coruña
17th Annual Scientific Meeting of the International Society of Political Psychology. Polities in Transition: Political and Psychological Aspects.

1993 | University of A Coruña
3rd National Congress of Methodology of Social and Behavioral Sciences

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The Centre of Urban Design and Mental Health

The Centre of Urban Design and Mental Health

Organisation type: Research Group

The Centre of Urban Design and Mental Health is a community and think-tank of psychologists, designers, planners, and architects that look at the intersection between design in cities and the mental health of city dwellers. With its highly resourceful content and periodically published free-access-for-all journal on design, mental well-being, and health- you’re bound to find interesting and thought-provoking reading and learning materials.

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