Rami el Samahy
Rami is a LEED-accredited professional and a member of the American Planning Association. He has played a leading role in architectural and urban design projects across the globe and in cities across the northeast region. Current work includes a master plan for the downtown district of Taunton, MA; ongoing urban design consultation for the City of Cambridge, MA; and the design of several large-scale mixed-use developments in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He has been the project director of three major urban commissions in the UAE, including leading the architectural design controls for Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi’s new central business district. Currently a visiting professor at MIT, Rami has taught urban design and planning studios at Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston University, and previously taught architecture and urban studios at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and Doha. His academic research focuses on the culturally and environmentally sustainable design of future cities.
Chris, as a co-founder of OverUnder, has organized, designed, and implemented experiential environments, interiors, master plans, and branding initiatives for clients ranging from small offices to large institutions. He has broad experience in architecture, graphic design, and interior design. Chris is currently leading OverUnder’s ArtFarm cultural center for the City of Somerville, and he is the project director for the office’s work in placemaking and wayfinding for MASSMoCA, MIT’s Department of Urban Planning, as well as similar services for the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Innovation Lab and Information Technology departments. He is responsible for the firms work with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and led the graphic design team for Boston 2030, the first comprehensive plan for the city in over 50 years. His work for interiors and lobby installations for Troy Boston, and the Eddy have been featured online, and his work has been recognized by the AIGA, SEGD, HOW, docomomo, the Boston Preservation Alliance and the Boston Society of Architects. Chris is adept at engaging and synthesizing feedback from many constituencies, while maintaining a coherent design vision. Chris has taught at the Rhode Island School of Design, and is currently adjunct faculty at Northeastern University’s College of Art Media and Design.
Mark is a licensed architect in Massachusetts and New Hampshire and a LEED-accredited professional. He has been involved in all aspects of OverUnder’s work, ranging from buildings to urban studies to conservation planning to research initiatives. Most recently he has been a consultant to the City of Cambridge on large project review, the historian on a Getty Foundation-funded conservation management plan for Boston City Hall, principal in charge of a hotel in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, and the architect of upgrades to a concrete parking garage in Boston’s Back Bay. Mark serves on the Boston Art Commission and is a director of the pinkcomma gallery, which has curated more than three dozen exhibitions. He has taught at the California College of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon, Northeastern, RISD, and Wentworth, where he is a professor. He received the AIA Young Architects Award in 2013 and the Boston Society of Architects’ Commonwealth Award in 2016. His book Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston (Monacelli Press, 2015) won recognition from the Graham Foundation, Historic New England, Docomomo US, and the Boston Preservation Alliance.
Marcus has worked for over twenty years as an architect and planner for institutional and commercial clients around the world. Marcus spent the first ten years of his career in London working at Kohn Pedersen Fox and Foster and Partners before moving to the US in 2000. He brings a broad knowledge of the design and construction process to his projects, specifically that of energy efficient and integrated design. Among his various building projects, Marcus has led the design and LEED administration of three Gold Certified buildings, including the first Gold Certified residence hall in the United States at Plymouth State University. Marcus also contributes a significant amount of his time to his community in terms of volunteer efforts on behalf of the Boston Society of Architects Government Affairs Committee and as Chair of the Energy Committee for the town of Wellfleet, MA. He has a deep interest in creating a working structure through policy and regulation in which environmentally responsible design and construction can flourish.
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.