Office Profile

For nearly two decades, Office for Visual Interaction (OVI) has been creating inventive lighting design, illuminating the world’s most prominent architectural works. As the name itself states, Office for Visual Interaction is inspired by light’s interaction with finishes and materials. Through the activation of surfaces, light and shadow become a natural extension of the architectural language, integrated and woven into the building fabric rather than applied as an additive element. There is a hidden logic and sophisticated beauty in their work, evident in OVI’s ability to use light to transform space without physically changing it.
Based in New York City, OVI is experienced in all phases and scales of design and has provided custom solutions for award-winning lighting projects spanning the globe. Their holistic embrace of light’s design potential makes OVI’s work at once beautifully imaginative and technologically groundbreaking, environmentally sustainable and culturally sensitive. From contemporary classics and historic structures to the most extreme avant-garde works, their designs have been recognized with the most prestigious awards worldwide.


40 Worth Street, Suite 602
New York, NY, 10013


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Selected Publications / Awards


  • 2013
    • Illumni Award Gold
    • Lamp Lighting Solutions Award – Architectural Outdoor Lighting
    • 2012
      • IES Lumen Award of Excellence
      • World Architecture News (WAN) Lighting Project of the Year
      • 2009
        • IALD International Lighting Design Award of Merit
        • IES Illumination Awards – Award of Merit
        • Development Award – Architect Magazine
        • AIA Institute Honor Award
      • 2008
        • Municipal Art Society of New York, Best New Building
        • AIANY Design Awards – Architecture Merit
        • IES Lumen Award for lighting design and innovation
        • GE Edison Award
        • GE Award of Merit
        • IES International Illumination Design Award – International Award of Distinction
      • 2007
        • AIA New York Chapter Design Award: Project Merit Award
        • AIA/ALA Library Building Award
      • 2006
        • Design Awards PLDA Eastside Lighting Festival, Birmingham, UK
        • Architecural Lighting Magazine Award
      • 2005
        • Sterling Prize
        • RIBA Award winner
        • RIAS Andrew Doolan Award for Architecture, Best building in Scotland 2005
        • The Royal Fine Art Commission Trust Award
        • Manuel de la Dehesa Prize
        • Exaequo Award ARQCATMÓN
        • Scottish Design Awards
        • Edinburgh Architecture Association ‘Centenary Medal’
        • European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award
        • Royal Fine Art Commission ‘Urban & Landscape Specialist Award’
        • Manuel de la Dehesa Award
        • Scottish Design Award ‘Best Publicly Funded Building’ ‘Architecture Grand Prix’
        • Winners of the AIA New York Chapter Design
        • AIA UK Chapter Award
        • International Olympic Committee Austrian Decoration of Science and Art
      • 2004
        • New York City Streetlight
        • Art Commission Awards for Excellence in Design
        • RIBA Worldwide Award
        • PREMIOS Awards
      • 2002
        • Red Dot Award
        • Austrian State Architecture Prize (Staatspreis Architektur)
        • WIRED Rave Awards Nominee
        • Tyrolian Architecture Award
      • 2001
        • Blueprint Award
        • European Cultural Building of the Year
        • Finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize


  • 2013
  • Lighting Design & Process
  • Office for Visual Interaction, Inc. – OVI
  • ISBN 978-3-86859-256-6


  • 2010
  • Lighting Powers of 10
  • Office for Visual Interaction, Inc. – OVI
  • ISBN 978-3-937093-12-3