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IRO is a design office based in New York. Working in the fields of architecture, research, landscape and urbanism, we compose forms and spatial experiences that seek the fine (un)balances inherent in each project, between rigor and freedom, banality and uncanniness, urgency and evolutivity. We have a predilection for sensory architecture and a fondness for the ordinary.

IRO creates public spaces, residences and workplaces on multiple scales and across cultures. We recently designed a residence in Stockholm Sturegatan Residence, Stockholm, Sweden and a minimal cabin Cabin, Ozolini, Latvia in a Latvian tea farm. IRO is frequently invited to collaborate, and recently joined studio PILA on the winning competition entry for the MBK lot MKNO, Bobigny, France in Bobigny, Paris. Ongoing with design firm SO – IL is the construction of a cultural center, Site Verrier de Meisenthal, Site Verrier de Meisenthal, Communauté de Communes du Pays de Bitche, France tucked away in France’s Vosges mountains. While at SO – IL, Ian Ollivier led several international projects amongst which the ethereal exhibition Home Futures Home Futures, Design Museum, London, UK in London, an urban revitalization of Place Mazas L'Atelier de l'Arsenal, Paris, France on the River Seine in Paris, the environmental housing prototype Breathe Breathe, Salone del Mobile, Milan, Italy in Milan and an Art Gallery Art Gallery, South Korea in Korea. While at Selldorf Architects, Ian collaborated on art spaces for the Luma Foundation Luma Foundation, Arles, France in Arles, France and the Boesky Gallery Boesky Gallery, Aspen, Colorado in Aspen, Colorado.

Ian Ollivier founded IRO. He was born in New York and raised in France. Ian received his architectural training from the TU Berlin in Germany and ENSAB in France. He worked for Sauerbruch Hutton in Berlin, then Selldorf Architects and SO – IL in New York.

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