With new architectural accomplishments come new challenges for the design and execution of holistic building systems. Today’s iconic superstructures are rising to heights of well over 1,000 feet, calling for more creative solutions for how to shape a building’s present and future identity. Increasingly strict energy codes become frameworks for design, and the marriage of engineering and aesthetic considerations grows ever-more complex. Advocating buildings as both icons and performative machines, Office for Visual Interaction and Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture will present in their workshop a “big-picture” overview of the evolution of architecture and architectural lighting as it responds to and is shaped by new technologies and design typologies. Touching on issues of urban context, holistic building performance, visual branding, interior use, and the need to continually monitor and improve design through post-occupancy evaluation, this comprehensive exploration will provide a new understanding of how we bring 21st century architecture to life and to perform at its optimal level.

Enrique Peiniger is a co-founder and principal of Office for Visual Interaction, Inc., a New York City-based lighting design studio for iconic international projects. Trained in architectural engineering, Enrique Peiniger sees his work in lighting as a technical extension of the architectural language. His attunement to issues of construction sequencing and lighting maintenance enables him to embed an engineering logic into his designs, whether by rationalizing layouts or minimizing the types of lamps used on a building. Over the years, he has integrated cutting-edge lighting technology for leading historical, contemporary and avant-guard structures, frequently spearheading collaborations with manufacturers to develop new fixtures for one-of-a-kind projects.




AS+GG Management Partner, Robert Forest, has extensive knowledge and experience with the execution of projects on an international scale. Bob’s expertise in both project management and technical architecture contribute to his comprehensive understanding of both the built environment and the practice of architecture. As a recognized authority on the economics of sustainable design, Bob has combined his knowledge of local and international policies, funding sources and varied economic models to develop a system of ‘best practices’ for the management of high-performance projects. After over a decade spent practicing abroad Bob has developed a unique understanding of architectural practices across the globe and has utilized this knowledge in the management of numerous large-scale, complex projects. He works diligently alongside design teams from all disciplines throughout each project, ensuring that designs are executed with a careful understanding of each client’s goals and vision.


Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture (AS+GG) is dedicated to the design of high-performance, energy-efficient and sustainable archi¬tecture on an international scale. The firm approaches each project, regardless of size or scale, with an understanding that architecture has a unique power to influence civic life. AS+GG strives to create designs that aid society, advance modern technology, sustain the environment and inspire those around us to improve our world. AS+GG’s practice includes designers with extensive experience in multiple disciplines, including technical architecture, interior design, urban planning and sustainable design. Architects also have expertise in a range of building types, including supertall towers, large-scale mixed-use complexes, corporate offices, exhibition facilities, cultural facilities and museums, civic and public spaces, hotels and residential complexes, institutional projects and high-tech laboratory facilities. Founded in 2006 by part¬ners Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill and Robert Forest, today there are 100 employees in offices in Chicago and Beijing




Office for Visual Interaction (OVI) has created some of the world's most inventive lighting design, illuminating architectural works around the globe. Office for Visual Interaction is inspired by light's interaction with finishes and materials. Through the activation of surfaces and volumes, light and shadow become a natural extension of the architectural language, integrated into the building fabric rather than applied as an additive element.


Based in New York City, OVI is experienced in all phases of design and has provided custom solutions for numerous award-winning lighting projects. Their holistic embrace of light's design potential makes OVI's work beautifully imaginative and technologically groundbreaking, environmentally sustainable and culturally sensitive.

From contemporary classics and historic structures to avant-garde works, their designs have been recognized with the most prestigious distinctions worldwide.


Date: Tuesday 08 October 2013
Location:     Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
New York, NY 10012
Time: 9.30 - 12.30
Lunch: 12.45