The company is based in Ljubljana, Slovenia, but works internationally. They won a large business complex in Venice Marghera, Italy and a residential complex in Graz, Austria. However, it was by winning 180 apartments in Paris, France their first large scale development abroad, which led them to open a branch office in France, 2007. This has been followed by a second large scale development with the construction of a football stadium for FC BATE in Borisov, Belarus, due for completion in 2013. They also have partner firm agreements in London, Paris and Moscow. Their academic career involves teaching at Harvard University in USA.
The beginnings of OFIS' activities date back to the nineties, which was as an exciting yet difficult period for the former Yugoslavian republics that were undergoing intense self-re-evaluation and reinvention from scratch, economically and culturally. In terms of architecture this meant that most of the larger architectural offices had to be scaled down or went bankrupt and so creating an empty space for younger groups or individuals to participate in architectural competitions.
The firm's work encompasses architecture, urbanism, art and stage design. It ranges from new buildings to interventions within old structures; scales from stadiums down to a small farewell chapel; programs from social housing, luxurious villas and residences, sport facilities, cultural and office programs. Over the past ten years they have been dealing with various national and international clients from the private sector to the commercial sector and also state institutions.
The firm has won several national and international competitions. Many projects have been nominated for a Mies van der Rohe award, in 2009 they received a Silver IOC/IAKS medal for football stadium, in 2006 they received the European Grand Prix for Innovation Award, in 2005 their Villa under-extension received an honorable mention at the Miami Bienal, in 2004 they were awarded high commendation for their City Museum renovation and extension by the UK Architectural Review's annual AR+D awards, and in 2000 they won the 'Young architect of the year'award in London, UK.
Their work has been shown on various TV channels including Discovery and RTL. They have exhibited worldwide including the Venice Biennale of Architecture, the Architectural Biennale in Beijing, and the Biennale in Moscow. Additionally OFIS Architects has been presented on the Deutsche Welle TV series and CCTV from China.
April 13, Plecnik award, Space Habitable Wheel, Ljubljana, SLO
Dec 12, Trend Awards, Space Habitable Wheel, Ljubljana, SLO
Oct 12. Platinum Pencil 2012, award for extensive architectural achievements, Ljubljana, SLO
Jan 11 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '10 Nomination for Farewell Chapel
Nov 10 - Chernikhov prize 2010, selected nominee, ICIF, Moscow, RU
Mar 10 - ArchDaily Building of the year 2009, Religious, Farewell Chapel
Sep 09 - IOC/IAKS award, silver medal for Football Stadium Maribor
May 9 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '08, Nomination for Football Stadium Maribor, selection
May 9 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '08, Nomination for Shopping roof apartments
May 9 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '08, Nomination for Hayrack Apartments
Jan 07 - Mies van der Rohe Awards '06, Nomination for Housing on the Coast
Dec 06 - European Grand Prix for innovation awards, Monaco
Jan 06 - Bienal Miami 2005, honors for villa under-extension, Miami, USA
Dec 04 - AR+D awards, High commendation for the city museum Ljubljana
Dec 01 - Design Vanguard 2001, architectural record, New York, USA
Jan 01 - Young Architect of the Year Award, winner, YAYA, London, UK
Nov 00 - Piranesi award, honors for housing block 16x68, Piran, SLO