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over,under is a Boston-based interdisciplinary practice with expertise in architecture, urban design, graphic identity, and publications. Our approach is structured around six working points that we implement in all projects, which range in scale from books to cities. Every project benefits from the varied professional experiences of the principals and their collaborators, resulting in designs that are intelligently shaped by a co-dependence of process and product. The firm's designs, research, and the exhibits of its pinkcomma gallery have been widely published. Contact us to learn more.

Six Working Points

Visualize the process. Construct a nimble method of delivery with every design product—be it a book, a building, or a city—having enough foresight to handle the inevitable need for change along the way.
Work elastically. Dissolve disciplinary boundaries to make the design task about innovative solutions to the problem at hand.
Be curious. Complement a design-rooted value system with other areas of specialization, including expertise in history, sustainability, marketing, community development, publishing, and programming.
Work smart. Use intelligent design tools and technology like building information modeling to achieve goals quickly and efficiently, resulting in more time spent designing and less time documenting.
Look around. Search for opportunities through research and investigation to create an intensified sense of place without muting it by the tactics of contextual sameness.
Be pragmatic idealists. Embrace a sense of responsibility to the public, the environment, and the needs of the client.

Experience

over,under is a collaborative design studio located in Boston’s South End. Incorporated in 2006, the firm brings design knowledge to everything from urban spaces and built environments to publications, identity programs, and the website you are viewing. The four founding collaborators have global backgrounds, with more than fifty years of collective design experience working in places as varied as Canada, Egypt, Guatemala, Honduras, Lebanon, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States.

The studio has been involved with projects for museums, university buildings, housing, retail, master plans, and urban designs. Clients have included corporations, private individuals, developers, and institutions. Members of over,under have published widely and have taught at the California College of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, Henry Van de Velde Institute, Northeastern University, the Rhode Island School of Design, and Wentworth Institute.

Research

Research is an integral part of our working process, informing all of our design projects and establishing content for curatorial agendas. Our current research areas include investigations into: the future of contemporary cities; the development of building façades that respond to climate, culture, materials, and pattern; modernism's influence on Boston's urban and architectural transformation after the mid-century period; how and why architecture is published and disseminated; and how curatorial methods inform an architectural practice.

pinkcomma

The pinkcomma gallery is located within over,under's studio and is an extension of the firm's research activities. The gallery strives to make design more pivotal in the city’s political and cultural discourses. Its role is often activist in nature, promoting works that may be at times politically unpalatable or financially untenable, unpopular or unacknowledged. The gallery highlights innovative thinkers of diverse interests who call Boston home. Past exhibits have included: Rethinking Boston City Hall (September 2007); Parti Wall, Hanging Green (May 2008); A Few Zines: Dispatches from the Edge of Architectural Production (March 2009); HEROIC and Publishing Practices (September 2009); Design Biennial Boston (April 2010); Newsstand (November 2010); and more than a dozen others.

Collaborators

over,under engages a talented team of collaborators to help fulfill the needs of each projects. We maintain strong ties within and outside our immediate design community. Our expertise in areas of education, research, curatorial and entrepreneurial activity leads to results that reflect a deeper and more comprehensive understanding of every design problem.

Publications

Chris Grimley, “Design Research,” ArchitectureBoston, 2011 | Joe Ringenberg, “The Young Heroics,” GSD News, 2011 | Andrew Leers, “Design Biennial Boston 2010,” ArchitectureBoston, 2010 | Mark Pasnik, Chris Grimley, Michael Kubo, “Tough Love,” The Architect, 2010 | Robert Campbell, “The beauty of concrete,” Boston Globe, 2010 | Rami el Samahy and Kelly Hutzell, “Closing the Gap,” Volume 23: Al Manakh Gulf Continued, 2010 | James McCown, “Design Gallery in the Pink,” Art New England, December 2009/January 2010 | Michael Kubo, “Publishing Practices,” Volume 22, 2010 | Sarah Schweitzer, “In Praise of Ugly Buildings,” Boston Globe, 2010 | Tiffany Chu, “Pinkcomma Gallery Welcomes Hometta,” Dwell Magazine Blog, 2009 | Jaci Conry, “McMansions, be gone,” Boston Globe, 2009 | James McCown, “Groundbreakers: Drawing on repeat business helps architecture firms,” Boston Business Journal, 2009 | Hubert Murray, “The New Establishment Meets the Next Wave,” Architectural Record, 2008 | Braulio Agnese, “Intellect Over Income,” The Architect, 2008 | “ShowCase: Parti Wall, Hanging Green,” Archinect, 2008 | Meaghan Agnew, “An Evolution, Punctuated,” Boston Globe, 2007 | Robert Campbell, “Working With City Hall,” Boston Globe, 2007 | David Eisen, “Everyday Use: Rethinking Design at the ICA, and City Hall at Pinkcomma Gallery,” Boston Phoenix, 2007 | Elizabeth Padjen, “Imagine That," ArchitectureBoston, 2007 | “over,under on Boston City Hall,” Architecture MNP, 2007 | Chris Grimley and Mimi Love, Color Space Style, Rockport Publications, 2007 | Mark Pasnik, “Lesson Plans,” ArchitectureBoston, 2006 | Rodolphe el Khoury and Mark Pasnik, CNP Headquarters, Princeton Architectural Press, 2004 | Mark Pasnik and Oscar Riera Ojeda, Architecture in Detail: Materials and Architecture in Detail: Elements, Rockport Publications, 2003.

Contact

46 Waltham Street, Courtyard One | Boston, Massachusetts 02118 | USA | +1 617.426.4466

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