Senior Principal and Managing Director, MASS Design Group
Sierra Bainbridge was a co-founding member of MASS in 2008, overseeing design and construction of the Butaro Hospital in Rwanda. As cross disciplinary Senior Principal and Managing Director, architect, licensed landscape architect, and educator, Sierra oversees MASS’s landscape architecture department and the design and implementation of MASS’s projects in the United States and Africa. By working deeply across disciplines to radically reshape the material supply chain project by project, Sierra is pushing to help shift MASS’s portfolio to approach carbon neutrality as close to project completion as possible. This began with Ilima Primary school, which revealed that this might be possible, and continues to be tested at scale through educational agricultural campuses including Farm Hub in the Hudson Valley, and the Rwanda institute for Conservation Agriculture in Bugesera, Rwanda. Sierra is also working on multiple campuses with indigenous communities in North Dakota, Louisiana, and California and has overseen the development of international design standards such as The African Wildlife Foundation’s Guidelines for Conservation and creation of healthcare guidelines for Rwanda.