ABOUT THE STUDIO
Founded by Luke Yosuke Willis and Esin Erez in 2012, OCX (Out of Context )is currently based in Brooklyn, New York. With experiences on a multitude of projects across the globe, out of the context OCX aspires to draw intelligent and rational design solutions for every project.
OCX is an interdisciplinary design studio based on integrating research, art, and architecture. From multi-story buildings, urban planning, to product design, OCX utilizes the architectural process to research, design, and construct projects at a diverse range of scales.
We collaborate with like-minded architects, artists, and specialists across the globe. Coordination with the leading professionals in the industry allow us to enhance and realize our design solutions through the teams’ distinct range of expertise.
OCX is continuously challenging itself by pushing the realm of architectural design, representation, and fabrication. We believe through innovation of form and content that our creations can defy the norm to become uniquely out of context.
LUKE YOSUKE WILLIS AIA ARCHITECT, BARCH, BFA
Prior to finding OCX, Willis worked as project architect in the Beijing, New York, and Rotterdam offices during his five-year span with OMA. Having lead the team that won the Museum National Du Beaux Arts Quebec (MNBAQ) design competition in 2009, he served until completing the design development in the summer of 2011. He also worked with the CCTV team in Beijing, China as a site architect for the TVCC tower from 2006 - 2008.
Willis also worked at Kengo Kuma Architects and Associates in Tokyo, Japan from 2003 - 2006. He also worked at Toyo Ito Architects, Shigeru Ban Architects, and at the United Nations Center for Regional Development.
Willis is a registered architect in the state of New York. He graduated in 2003 from the Department of Architecture at Rhode Island School with a dual degree of Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of FIne Arts. He is bilingual in Japanese and English, and has advanced proficiency in Chinese reading, writing, and speaking. He is currently working hard to pick up Turkish.
ESIN EREZ TMMOB, LEED AP, BD+C, BARCH, BFA
Esin Erez, a member of Chamber of Architects Turkey, worked as an architect at Steven Holl Architects’ New York and Beijing office between 2007-2011. Amongst the projects Erez worked on include the Columbia University Campbell Sports Center in New York City, Capitaland Raffles City in Chengdu, Stadgenoot Offices in Amsterdam, private residence in Hastings, New York.
Prior to SHA Erez worked at AA- EmreArolat Architects in Istanbul, Turkey between 2005-2007. She also worked at Asymptote, A.P.R.H, and Tezuka Architects.
LEED accredited since 2010, Esin ensures that sustainable design is a standard integrated into our architectural process.
Erez received her Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts Degrees from Rhode Island School of Design in 2005. She is bilingual in Turkish and English, and is currently learning Japanese.