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Vice President

Jon Otis, IIDA


Jon OtisJon Otis is the founder and principal of OlA - Object Agency, a multidisciplinary design studio and design strategy agency, whose work ranges from interior architecture and design, exhibition design, branding and visual communications, product design, web/media design, and strategic consulting.

OlA clients have included: Sundance Channel, Nike/ESI Design, General Motors, Mercedes NA, Corning Museum of Glass, Vitra Design Museum, Bentley Mills, George Nakashima Woodworker, American Seating Company, Tandus Centiva, Edelman Leather, National Basketball Players Association, St. Nick’s Alliance, Parterre Flooring, Bentley Mills, and various residences for private clients.

Otis is also a tenured professor at the Pratt Institute where he has taught for 20 years. He earned his bachelor's degree from Moravian College and master's degree in design from the University of Massachusetts. He's been awarded Fulbright and Lusk Fellowships to Italy where he spent three years working with Studio De Pas, D’Urbino, Lomazzi, and Ettore Sottsass, was named a 2009 Design Intelligence Most Admired Educator, and was the 2017 IIDA Educator of the Year.

Otis is active in organizations such as IIDA, IDEC, AAM, AIGA and has lectured at American universities and industry conferences Including Neocon, as well as abroad at IIDEX in Canada, Singapore, Finland, and at the Vitra Design Workshops in Boisbuchet France.