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Rami el Samahy

Rami el Samahy is an Assistant Teaching Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University, where he has been teaching since 2006. He holds a full-time joint appointment between the Carnegie Mellon campuses in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Doha, Qatar, teaching architecture and urban design studios and seminars. Courses include the Urban Laboratory studio, Systems Integration studio, Middle Eastern Cities, and a new course entitled “The Future of Cities / Cities of the Future.”

Rami is a founding partner of over,under, a multi-disciplinary studio (graphic design, interior design, architecture, and urban design) with projects in the Middle East, Central America, and the United States. Currently, the firm is working on a number of projects including the design of a housing complex in Guatemala, design and curation of a series of inaugural exhibitions for the Boston Society of Architects, and architectural design controls for Abu Dhabi’s new central business district. Rami holds degrees from Brown University (Bachelor of Art in International Relations), Princeton University (M. Art, Near Eastern Studies), and Harvard’s Graduate School of Design (M. Arch).

Kelly Hutzell

Kelly Hutzell is an Associate Teaching Professor of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. For five years, she has held a joint appointment between the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Doha, Qatar campuses teaching urban design studios and seminars, including the Urban Laboratory studio, Urban Design Methods, and Mapping Urbanism. Her urban research has recently been published in the book Al Manakh: Gulf Continued and includes the project 4dDoha, an interactive installation documenting the urban growth and transformation of Doha, Qatar, both of which are co-authored with School of Architecture colleague Rami el Samahy.

In addition to teaching and conducting research, Kelly is a licensed architect in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and is a senior associate at the multi-disciplinary Boston-based practice over,under. Kelly received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Roger Williams University and a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design degree from Columbia University.

Kristina Ricco

Kristina Ricco is a Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University and has participated in research projects in both Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Doha, Qatar. Her research on the urban growth and transformation of Doha played a leading role in the Ecologies of Scale exhibit and was instrumental in the forthcoming Scenes and Speculations project.

In addition to research, Kristina is a designer at over,under in Boston, Massachusetts.

Kristina received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University in 2009 and is currently pursuing a Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design degree at Columbia University.

Spencer Gregson

Spencer Gregson was a Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University and participated in research projects in both Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Doha, Qatar. He played a lead role in the development of 4dDoha, v1.0 and the interface of the 4dDoha: Buildings app.

Spencer received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.

Adam Himes

Adam Himes is a Research Associate at Carnegie Mellon University and has participated in research projects in Boston, Massachusetts and Doha, Qatar. His research examining future predictions on the development of cities formed the basis of Projections, an installation exhibited in Boston and Los Angeles. His current research on the architectural and urban development of Doha has played a leading role in the 4dDoha: Buildings app and the forthcoming publication, Scenes and Speculations from an Emerging City.

Adam received a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon University.