The questions of how one experiences space and what spatial conditions support those experiences are instrumental to oak-waw projects. Oak-Waw focuses on investigating the sensorial qualities of space as defined by light, sound and touch; how these engage the body first and how these physical sensations affect what is perceived by the mind.

science museum
people walking through installation


As Juhani Pallasmaa asserts, we confront spaces with our bodies. Architecture, inside and out, is always an embodied encounter. OAK-WAW designs attend to all the sensorial details of this encounter: light, sound, materiality, hapticity, thermal comfort, feeling, etc… Our goal is to create meaningful connections between body and space, creating new holistic experiences that are site-specific, client-specific and user-specific.

interior view, sawyer hall
interior view, library


Flat, homogenous light deadens a space whether it’s a living room, a workspace or a lobby. Shadow helps shape light. OAK-WAW designs lighting to add dynamism to spaces, to create diverse textures to explore, to ignite users’ imaginations. Our lighting designs create unique environments that go beyond pure utility to promote diverse agility.

installation view, curtains and light
interior view, restaurant

Color & Texture

A beautiful design isn't the outcome of a brilliant imagination or a brilliant idea. Rather, it's the result of well organized design elements carefully selected to produce a visual depiction of the concept and vision. Color & texture are essential elements of every visual project. They influence the mood and impression of a space. They provide identity and individuality, as well as a distinct experience and a unified flow.

color swatches in a grid
hands in front of a wall


Spatial acoustics are often overlooked or treated as secondary in interior design. OAK-WAW approaches sound as integral to the spatial experience – paying attention to the design of a space’s surfaces, materials, volumes, and digitally-induced soundscapes. Sound can not only add layers of meaning to a space, but also allow for change, movement and rhythm over time.

drawing of man sitting in installation
restaurant interior


Design is a significant part of a teaching practice. In addition to designing learning experiences for the students, teaching provides an opportunity for ongoing research, experimental designs, and forward thinking that addresses current socio-economic and environmental issues.

moving sculpture
drawing of dark interior