Michael Murphy: “Paul Farmer, Our Greatest Architect”

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Courtesy of Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy, founding principal and executive director of MASS Design Group, wrote a tribute to Paul Farmer. The following is an excerpt:

“Paul would not allow us to settle for hospitals that merely functioned better; he demanded more beautiful ones as well. Beauty is a right too, he would say, because it is the ultimate vehicle for the distribution of dignity. And dignity was ultimately the point of it all; dignity was why that fish pond mattered so much. A place of recovery, hospitality, and healing must heal our whole selves, otherwise, it was not fully functional. The patients, the staff, us, everyone should know that nothing less was acceptable. It was not right.”

Read Murphy’s full reflection in the MASS Design Group newsletter. 

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