Rami el Samahy
Rami el Samahy practices and teaches architecture and urban design. As a founding partner of over,under, he has played a leading role in a range of projects, including large-scale urban developments, cultural and institutional buildings, and exhibit installations. His design and research have been recognized by the AIA Upjohn Research Initiative, the Boston Society of Architects, AIA Pennsylvania, the Aga Khan Awards and Qatar Foundation. Recent projects include a villa in Qatar, a hotel in the heart of old Jeddah, micro-apartments in New Hampshire and a 540,000 square meter development near the Red Sea coast of Jordan. In addition to practice, Rami is involved in both teaching and research efforts surrounding architectural and urban issues. He has taught studios and seminars at Boston University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University, on both the Pittsburgh and Qatar campuses for nearly a decade. His academic research has focused on design in water scarce regions, the legacy of modernism, and the future of cities. Rami was born in Asyut, Egypt. He holds degrees from Brown University, Princeton University, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Chris has broad experience in architecture, graphic design, and visualization technology. He is leading the identity and environmental graphics projects at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the admissions identity for Wentworth Institute. Chris is active in the firm’s recent work in the United Arab Emirates, developing publications and architectural guidelines for Sowwah Island, Abu Dhabi’s new central business district. His architectural work includes the Hometta prototype and renovations to an early modernist house in Medfield, Massachusetts. Chris has designed books for Rockport Publications and Rizzoli Press. He is co-director of over,under’s pinkcomma gallery, and his broad range of expertise enables a design coherence across complex projects involving everything from urbanism to architecture to branding. While employed at Machado and Silvetti Associates, Chris held leadership roles on major projects such as the Getty Villa and Museum in California and the Visual Art Center at Dartmouth College. Chris was born in London, England and received his education at Ryerson University and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
Mark is a licensed architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a LEED-accredited professional. He has been involved in all aspects of over,under’s work, ranging from buildings to graphic identity development. Most recently he has overseen an academic building for Qatar Foundation in Doha, several exhibitions at the Boston Society of Architects, the admissions identity program for Wentworth Institute, the rebranding of deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, and a vacation house addition on Long Beach Island in New Jersey. He is a co-director of the firm’s pinkcomma gallery, and has curated more than two dozen exhibitions. Mark has taught at the California College of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Northeastern University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Wentworth Institute, where he is an associate professor. Prior to founding over,under, Mark was an associate at Machado and Silvetti Associates and a member of the editorial staff of the journal Assemblage. In 2013, he was appointed to the Boston Art Commission, elected to the executive board of the Boston Society of Architects, and selected for the AIA Young Architects Award. Mark was born in New Jersey and educated at Cornell University and the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.
Marcus is an Architect with over twenty five years’ experience in the design of institutional, commercial and residential buildings. He specializes in environmentally responsible and energy efficient design and construction. He is a LEED Accredited Professional, a Registered Architect in the United Kingdom, a Charter Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and an International Associate Member of the AIA. He is a member of the Boston Society of Architects Governmental Affairs Committee where he worked on advisory language for the successful passage of the Green Communities Act of 2008. He was appointed to the Commercial Working Group of Governor Deval Patrick’s Zero Net Energy Buildings Task Force and as a Technical Consultant to Mayor Thomas Menino’s Boston Climate Action Committee. In order to create meaningful opportunity and incentives for the construction industry to design and build “green” he founded the Advocacy Committee of the United States Green Building Council’s Massachusetts Chapter. In this role he was integral to the founding of the State Joint Green Schools Caucus, chaired by Representative Patricia Haddad and Senator Marc Pacheco. He was educated in Canada at Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario achieving a BA with Honors in Architectural History and Theory and in the UK at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London achieving a professional degree in Architecture.
Kelly is a licensed architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and a LEED-accredited professional. Her focus as a senior architect at over,under is on research and urban design. She has held leadership roles on a number of projects, including the Design Zone in Qatar, architectural design controls for Al Maryah Island in Abu Dhabi, and a competition entry for the redevelopment of Helsinki’s South Harbor. Kelly is an associate teaching professor at Carnegie Mellon University, where she holds joint appointments between the Pittsburgh and Doha campuses. Her writing, research, and practice center around sustainable urbanism, rapidly developing cities, and the intersection of urban design, information design, and interactive design. Recent and forthcoming academic publications include articles for AD Magazine, ArchitectureBoston, and Al Manakh: Gulf Continued as well as the development of web‐based architectural guidebooks for Pittsburgh and Doha. Prior to working for over,under, Kelly was a senior designer for Schwartz Silver Architects and Machado and Silvetti Associates. Kelly holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University.
Michael is a director of the pinkcomma gallery and a collaborator with over,under, where he is involved in special projects, research initiatives, exhibition design, publications, and curatorial activities. He is associate curator for the U.S. Pavilion of the 2014 International Architecture Biennale in Venice and a Ph.D. Candidate in the History, Theory, and Criticism of Architecture at MIT. Michael's academic work focuses on The Architects Collaborative and the emergence of corporate architectural practice after the Second World War. With Jon Lott and William O'Brien Jr., he is a founding partner of Collective–LOK, which recently won the competition to design the new street-level headquarters of Van Alen Institute in New York. Michael's writings have appeared in the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians, the Journal of Architectural Education, CLOG, ArchitectureBoston, Architect, Volume, and The New City Reader as well as in numerous books and catalogues. He has taught studios and seminars at Pratt Institute, University of Texas at Austin, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, and SUNY Buffalo, where he was the Reyner Banham Fellow for 2008–2009.