The Architecture of Health

Book Design

While combating the COVID-19 pandemic, we questioned the role architecture plays in supporting (or undermining) our public health. The Architecture of Health, authored by Michael P. Murphy, Founding Principal and Executive Director of MASS Design Group, along with Design Director Jeffrey Mansfield, explores these inquiries by unearthing how hospital design has responded to crises and innovation in healthcare over time.

We worked with MASS and the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum to design a book that incorporates historical images as footnotes to the text. The chapters are punctuated by photo spreads that showcase detailed architectural plans from the birth of the hospital into the present day.


Rick Valicenti: Design Direction
Bud Rodecker: Design Direction, Design
Alyssa Arnesen: Design
Designed while at Span.