Rami el Samahy
Rami is a founding partner and a LEED-accredited professional. Recent projects include the design and curation of an exhibition for the Heinz Architectural Center on Pittsburgh’s post-war urbanism; a new visitor center for a major institution in the Gulf; and master plans for two large developments in Jeddah. He has been the project director of three major urban commissions in the UAE, most recently leading the architectural design controls for Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi’s new central business district. He has also played a leading role in similarly large projects in Cairo, Doha, Jeddah, and Malaysia. Rami is an adjunct professor in Boston University’s City Planning & Urban Affairs program, where he teaches the Boston Symposium, the capstone graduate studio. For the previous decade, he taught architecture and urban studios at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Doha, where he guided Qatar Foundation in establishing a long-term educational centre in Doha and the Carnegie Mellon University Qatar’s expansion plans. His courses and research explore a series of interests including architecture’s urban role; the future of modernism; and cross-cultural contingency planning in rapidly expanding and slowly shrinking 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.
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.
Ryan is an associate at over,under. He has held leadership roles on architectural and urban commissions in the UAE, Qatar, and the United States. Ryan has focused on design development as well as management of urban guidelines and architectural design controls for Abu Dhabi's new central business district on Al Maryah Island, a mixed-use waterfront development along the coast, and a town center sited on a cluster of islands adjacent to the city. More recently, Ryan has been involved with a number of architecturally scaled projects including the concept design for a façade upgrade of an academic building in Doha, a restaurant in Masdar City, and a series of collaborative office spaces. Prior to joining over,under, Ryan worked for Touloukian Touloukian and Höweler + Yoon Architecture, where his focus was on the intersection between architecture and digital technologies. Ryan was born in Frankfurt, Germany, and raised throughout the United States and Europe. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Wentworth Institute of Technology and has taught design studios at the Boston Architectural College.