OWIU, an abbreviation for The Only Way Is Up, is a full-service creative design office located in the heart of Los Angeles. Our office and showroom is centered in the burgeoning Art’s District, a spot that has become the Silicon Valley for young creatives. Our field of expertise include, but are not limited to, product design and manufacturing, architectural visualization, branding and content creation for businesses and visual effects in the form of animations and renderings. We approach every project with a strong emphasis on aesthetics and precision of form, coupled with a strong narrative and conviction.
Imbued in the practice lies an innovative and progressive mindset that naturally creates a mission to propel design forward given the technological advances of contemporary society.OWIU is the brainchild of Joel Wong and Amanda Gunawan, two designers with proficient architectural knowledge.
Joel Wong is a designer based in Los Angeles, born and raised in Singapore. He pursued his bachelors degree in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), graduating with distinction, was awarded the prestigious merit thesis prize and Henry Adams prize for outstanding student.
Joel has lots of experience in the Architectural field. He has worked for firms such as ADDP Architects in Singapore and also most recently for Pritzker Prize winning Architect, Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects.
Amanda Gunawan is a designer based in Los Angeles. She was born in Indonesia and raised in Singapore and obtained her bachelors’ degree in architecture from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc), receiving the prestigious merit thesis prize.
Amanda has a diverse design background. She worked in Urban Planning and Design at the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore, whuch oversees the master-planning for the country. More recently, she worked for Pritzker-prize winning Architect, Thom Mayne of Morphosis Architects.
Amanda also actively works to create creative content for brands such as Dyson, Samsung and Google.