Rami el Samahy, AICP


As a founding principal at OverUnder, Rami el Samahy has played a leading role in a wide range of projects, including exhibitions, cultural and institutional buildings, tactical urban design, and large-scale urban developments. Recent work includes a new museum in Haverhill, Massachusetts; ongoing urban design consultation for MassDevelopment’s Transformative Development Initiative; and design guidelines for District 2020, the legacy project of the Dubai Expo. An adjunct professor at MIT since 2017, Rami has also taught urban design and architecture studios at Boston University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Wentworth Institute of Technology. His academic research has focused on sustainable urban design, the legacy of modernism, and the future of cities. His work has been recognized by the AIA Upjohn Research Initiative, the Boston Society of Architects, AIA Pennsylvania, the Aga Khan Awards and Qatar Foundation.


— Harvard University Graduate School Master of Architecture
— Princeton University Master of Art (with Honors) in Near Eastern Studies
— Brown University Bachelor of Art (Magna Cum Laude) in International Relations

Academic Positions

— Massachusetts Institute of Technology, School of Architecture + Planning
— Wentworth Institute of Technology, Department of Architecture
— Boston University Metropolitan College, City Planning and Urban Affairs
— Carnegie Mellon University, School of Architecture