Rwanda & Mass Design

Mass “architecture can dignify peoples“

Behind one of the most successful architecture firm in Rwanda there are true stories dreams & success & passion.

I received good references about one American firm that is doing success architecture in Rwanda and for undertand the WHY just check the life lessons of Michel Murphy (co-founder).

I ​​summarize it in «no matter the circumstances we must continue walking & taking care of the little details every day«.

Christian Benimama, in 2002 (19 years old) traveled to China returning in 2010 with a clear idea that African cities could not become large cities buildings tower and losing identity.

Mass created a term Lob-Fab.-

.Hire locally
.Sources Regionally
.Train where you can
.Investment in dignity of communities

Buturu District Hospital

Balance & Functionality defines Buturu District Hospital, simple designs help to heal such as the creation of exterior corridors where the patients were prevented from being infected or the views to the outside when the patients were in beds.
In this hospital 4000 local people worked building their own hospital, using local materials such as local stones for build the walls, developing gardens that patients themselves take care of.

MASS are bringing common sense to the practice of architecture.


Mario Nieto /

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