Practice as Project Lecture: Mark Pasnik

Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston

Mark Pasnik (MDes ’95) presented on the first decade of his practice, over,under, relating the work they do to non-design forces like business strategy and marketing.  Pasnik explained the firm’s recent publication, Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston, as both a research project and an opportunity to establish expertise in a particular kind of building.  This expertise, Pasnik explained, has helped the firm to establish itself as a local authority on concrete in Boston, including an exhibition at Boston Architectural College imagining new futures for Michael Mckinnell’s City Hall (1968).  Through efforts like this publication and exhibition, over,under has consulted on the renovation efforts of Boston City Hall.

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.

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