Rachely Rotem & Rami El Samahy

Rachely Rotem & Rami El Samahy

MODU Architecture / over, under

Rachely Rotem leads MODU with years of experience designing a wide range of project types and scales. She has won the Founders Rome Prize (2016) and numerous other competitions, including those organized by Design Museum Holon (2014), Beijing Architecture Biennial (2013) and the Athens Olympic Games (2004). Design awards include the AIA New Practices New York award (2016) and the Core77 award (2011). Before starting her first solo practice in 2009, she worked for established architecture practices in both Tel Aviv and New York. Rachely Rotem holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from Technion (Cum Laude) in Haifa and a Master in Advanced Architectural Design from Columbia University, where she was awarded both the Lowenfish Prize and the William Kinne Fellows Prize. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute and has taught at Rhode Island School of Design, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania. Rachely Rotem is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design and Construction.


Rami el Samahy practices and teaches architecture and urban design. As a founding partner of the interdisciplinary firm over,under, he has played a leading role in a range of projects, including exhibition installations, cultural and institutional buildings, and large-scale urban developments. Recent office projects include signage and wayfinding for Mass MOCA, micro-apartments in New Hampshire and a 54 hectare mixed-use development in Aqaba, Jordan. Rami is also involved in both teaching and research efforts surrounding architectural and urban issues. Currently a visiting instructor at MIT, he has also taught studios and seminars at Boston University, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and Carnegie Mellon University. His academic research has focused on design in water scarce regions, 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.