Awards, Publications & Exhibitions

OVI has more than 20 years of experience working in the Lighting Design field. Our world-class projects have been published in numerous books and exhibited internationally and our studio has been recognized with the most prestigious awards in the Lighting Design industry.

The Story of Light

By Nick Caruso

Office for Visual Interaction produces legacy-worthy masterpieces illuminated by a rich narrative.

Founded in 1997, Office for Visual Interaction (OVI) is everything one might expect an architectural lighting design firm to be: endlessly creative, beyond thorough, professional in the extreme. The firm’s work – projects that dot the globe, done in conjunction with the world’s most famous architects for the world’s most powerful, popular, and advanced clients – stands as a testament to its unwavering commitment to quality and expertise. Indeed, OVI’s work is as beautiful as it is unique, but its superlative lighting designs alone are not what makes OVI the intensely exceptional force it is today. What sets OVI apart is that the tight-knit team doesn’t consider themselves lighting designers at all. New York Times plaza The OVI team is a collective of philosophers, designers, and storytellers. Each massive retail space, soaring skyscraper, or sprawling technology complex is a new opportunity to communicate an idea. The team absorbs location-specific details, exacting technical specifications, textured facades–every factor and concept that forms the complete project – in order to divine the essence of the overall vision. OVI embraces that essence, distilling it and transmuting it into an iconic, emotional, and holistic expression of light. That is the OVI philosophy. The company’s mission is to design and produce legacy-worthy masterpieces that radiate not just with light but with a rich narrative. These narratives take into account not just the architect’s own vision but profound respect for and amplification of historical context. A principal focus of OVI’s design work is to reach into an area’s past as a means to inform how its final product will craft future history and cultural longevity. In each step of its process, OVI conducts a careful examination of local customs and heritage in order to thoroughly understand a project’s position in society and time. Those ideals are then extruded through an innovative technological lens. In this way, the work meaningfully advances architectural stories while honouring and echoing the ideas of the past, memorialising and progressing the quintessence of a place, a people, an era. [caption id="attachment_1952" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]New York Times busy street New York Times busy street[/caption] Whether enriching a skyscraper’s facade with integrated, fluid lighting to echo its region’s natural resources or mirroring iconic, metropolitan aesthetics in emotional design cues, OVI’s lighting stories extract, refine and strengthen what makes any location exceptional. To celebrate over a decade of bringing to life projects in China and throughout Asia, OVI is proud to publish a Chinese translation of its book Lighting Design & Process to supplement the English edition. This vivid, illustrated record of its past work showcases global stories and local stories, public stories and intimate stories; stories of work and of play, stories of history and of change. Each is brought to life with bold thinking and hidden logic, a sophisticated aesthetic, and a celebration of humanity. And there are always new stories to be told.   Click here to see the full text of OVI's 'The Story of Light' by Nick Caruso in CEO Magazine in partnership with 'Building the Future' about Young Chiu of Foster + Partners. The Story of Light - CEO Magazine


Enrique and Jean Interviews OVI
Known worldwide for their excellence and dedication to the art of architectural lighting design, Co-Founders, Chief Creative Jean Sundin, and Chief Innovator Enrique Peiniger, continue to be driven and passionate about the partnership between lighting and architecture.


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At OVI, we're proud of the work we do and the recognition we've received from the lighting industry throughout the years. Some of our awards include:


Lighting Design & Process book OVI
The Office for Visual Interaction (OVI) has created some of the world’s most inventive lighting design, illuminating prominent buildings around the globe.


Office For Visual Interaction Lighting Design interior
Renowned as one of the world’s premier institutions for the advancement of architectural culture, the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin, Germany, presented the work of Office for Visual Interaction (OVI) in an exhibition entitled ‘Lighting Powers of 10.’


Magazin cover featuring OVI
Our studio and our international projects have been featured in some of the most prestigious architectural and lighting magazines in the world.  From awards, features, interviews, and showcases; the OVI team has had tremendous success partnering with some of the most influential architects to build and light some of the most amazing buildings.  See for yourself how OVI's work has influenced people across the globe in these press articles below.