The Globe and Mail
By Alex Bozikovic
December 19, 2017
If you map the global hubs of architecture, you end up following the money to the world's richest cities: London, New York. And yet the young, ambitious Canadian architect Kelly Doran has wound up in Kigali, Rwanda. Why?
Simply: to make a difference. With the design firm MASS, the Manitoba native is working to create high-quality hospitals and educational facilities and affordable housing in East Africa. And, also, to carve out a bigger role for a profession that has a lot to give.
"What we do is not just some service, and it's not a luxury; it's a need," the 39-year-old said on a recent visit to Toronto. "That's the challenge for architecture right now: to make that case. Design can add so much value. We need to be able to prove it."