Mark Pasnik

Lecturer in Architecture

Mark Pasnik is an architect, curator, educator, and author. He is a principal in the architecture and design firm OverUnder [www.overunder.co] and co-founded the Pinkcomma Gallery [www.pinkcomma.com] with Chris Grimley in 2007. OverUnder’s work includes designs at various scales, from books, exhibitions, and environmental graphics, to university and arts buildings, to urban design guidelines and district plans. These projects are situated across contexts as diverse as Belize, Guatemala, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Malaysia, and the United States.

Pinkcomma’s output has involved researching, developing, and hosting more than forty exhibitions and events tracing topics of modernism, representation, publications, and urban transformation. Among these are: In Form, Info Space, and Let’s Talk About Bikes at BSA Space; Monolithic Architecture and Imagining the Modern at the Carnegie Museum of Art; and Heroic, Publishing Practices, Projections, Brutal Destruction, and Newsstand at Pinkcomma. The gallery has featured designers such as Viola Ago, Neeraj Bhatia and Louis Callejas, Jennifer Bonner, Eric Höweler and Meejin Yoon, Mark Lamster, Petra Kempf, Keith Krumweide, Yoko Naito, William O’Brien Jr., Megan Panzano, Bryony Roberts, John Szot, and Jane Thompson. More than two dozen emerging firms—such as CO–G, Ground, MALL, MASS, Merge, MoS, Studio Luz, Studio Sean Canty, and SsD—have been showcased through the gallery’s Design Biennial Boston and Design Seaport programs.

Mark co-authored Heroic: Concrete Architecture and the New Boston (Monacelli Press, 2015) and edited Henry N. Cobb: Words & Works 1948–2018 and Justice Is Beauty, both published by Monacelli Press. He received the AIA Young Architects Award in 2013, the Boston Society for Architecture’s Commonwealth Award in 2016, and was named to the Out100 list in 2020, a nationwide honor recognizing innovators and advocates in the LGBTQ+ community.

Mark presently serves as chair of the Boston Art Commission. He has taught at the California College of the Arts, Carnegie Mellon University, Northeastern University, RISD, and Wentworth, where he is a professor of architecture. Mark received his Master in Design Studies from Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University.