Jean Sundin

Founder & Chief Creative

Jean Sundin, Founder and Chief Creative of OVI, is one of the world’s first certified lighting designers. Her work is driven by a unique aesthetic viewpoint, stemming from training in both Western and Eastern design philosophies — the classical tradition as well as Feng Shui. Jean’s artistic sensibility results in technically imaginative, culturally relevant work ranging from lighting master plans to groundbreaking luminaire design. Jean continually redefines how light is used in the architectural space, solving design challenges with custom lighting solutions that often-become industry standards.

Jean began her decades-long career working on the Louvre’s Pyramid, the Korean War Veteran’s Memorial, and the Hirschhorn Museum. Since co-founding her own studio, Jean has developed pioneering solutions for internationally renowned lighting showpieces, including Renzo Piano’s New York Times Building, the Saudi Aramco (KAPSARC), Canadian Parliament and Chicago’s landmark Rookery building.

Throughout her career, Jean has been a passionate advocate for lighting education. She is a past Director of Education for the PLDA and serves 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 a distinguished faculty member at Parsons The New School for Design. Jean was 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.