Jean Sundin

Founder & Chief Creative

One of the world’s preeminent exponents of architectural lighting design, Jean Sundin Founder and Chief Creative of OVI, began her career where others aspire to end: the Louvre’s Pyramid, the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial, Hirshhorn Museum among others. Since then, her work, which ranges from master plans to the smallest of lighting details, is driven by her unique view on aesthetics, that stems from her training in both Western and Eastern design philosophies, the classical tradition as well as Feng Shui. Her balanced approach to design is manifest in all aspects of her work and includes interior design, the scientific aspects of light and specification. Jean is known to be technically imaginative with clear design precision whose sensitivity to history and culture is interpreted with the mark of a virtuoso into sophisticated lighting solutions.

Her extensive technical knowledge and international experience, combined with her impeccable design aesthetic and attention to detail, has allowed Jean to develop pioneering solutions for such lighting showpieces as Renzo Piano’s New York Times Building, the Saudi Aramco (KAPSARC), Canadian Parliament and, Chicago Landmark, the Rookery.

A unique combination of design precision and artistic sensibility guides her creative process to develop lighting designs that project harmony, cultural relevance, and technical exactitude as if it were effortless. These qualities are also the force behind her groundbreaking luminaire designs that redefine the use of light allowing her to solve design challenges in a masterful way where custom lighting solutions become a natural extension of the design language and often become industry standards.

Throughout her career, Jean has been a passionate advocate for lighting education. She is a past Director of Education for the PLDA and was appointed as an Advisory Board Member for the New York School of Interior Design Lighting Program. She has lead training seminars for the IES and was appointed as a distinguished faculty member teaching advanced lighting courses at Parsons The New School for Design. Jean is the Chair and co-author of the IALD’s Guidelines for Lighting Specification Integrity, used by professional lighting designers worldwide. An accomplished speaker, she has lectured extensively including events at Yale University, Light + Building in Frankfurt, MasterDIA in Madrid, Euroluce in Milan and PLDC conventions in Berlin, Madrid, and London. Jean has also been featured in AL Magazine’s One-on-One Interview series.

One of the first Certified Lighting Designers in the world, Jean visualizes the potential and true essence of each project – using light as an (in)Visible force to humanize our experience with the environment and heighten our experiences within it.