2014 Young Architects Award
Mark Pasnik, AIA | Notes of Interest
Mark has been a gift to Boston architecture. He has deepened the public’s understanding of architecture through curatorship, writing, and civic activities. He has also been an advocate for design and has fostered professional communities by creating new venues for the exchange of ideas.
He is one of those rare people who is able to make the connection between the culture of architecture and the larger world, getting the various design disciplines to work and think together and then bringing the public into that discussion. He moves fluidly among media—exhibitions, books, articles, teaching—all with the goal of encouraging professional dialog and engaging the public. In response to Mayor Thomas Menino’s threat to demolish Boston City Hall, Mark founded the Pinkcomma Gallery to showcase the six proposals for redesigning the city’s most controversial building. Since its opening in 2007, the gallery has hosted numerous events and has become an important platform for exploring the work of architects, landscape architects, and urbanists.
Since the Boston Society of Architects moved into a new headquarters with much larger exhibition space, Mark has been a guest curator for a number of these, on topics that touch many different design disciplines. Mark and Pinkcomma also founded Design Biennial Boston, an awards program that seeks to introduce the public to the work of younger, less well-established architects.
Mark is a founding principal of over,under, and an associate professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Mayor Menino appointed him to a five-year term on the Boston Arts Commission. He is also involved with the BSA’s Rotch Traveling Scholarship Committee, for which he has created two design competitions and overseen the traveling studio selection process.
2014 Young Architects Award Jury
- Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, Chair
- HKS, Inc.
- Lenore M. Lucey, FAIA
- LML Consulting
- Washington, D.C.
- Albert W. Rubeling, FAIA
- Rubeling & Associates, Inc.
- Towson, Maryland
- John Sorrenti, FAIA
- JRS Architect, PC
- Mineola, New York
- William J. Stanley, III, FAIA
- Stanley Love-Stanley, PC