About OCV

Oaklander, Coogan & Vitto Architects is a versatile, award-winning architectural firm whose mission is to build a more equitable society through responsible, sustainable architecture. We have been serving the New York Metropolitan area since 1986 with innovative new construction, historic and housing preservation work, as well as high-end private residences.

OCV is a full-service firm with specialties in green design, adaptive reuse, historic preservation, and rehabilitation. Founded by partners Ira Oaklander, John R. Coogan and Richard Vitto, OCV's partnership team has expanded to include Mary Ellen Cooper, Barbara Wuehrer Engelking and Luis Paz. The office’s in-house capabilities in conjunction with our long time consultants, guarantee efficient, seamless management of all projects from schematic planning through post-occupancy.

Meet the partners

OCV founding partner Rich Vitto
Richard Vitto

A native New Yorker, Richard Vitto founded OCV Architects in 1986 and has since then been unwaveringly dedicated to designing innovative, sustainable multi–family and supportive housing. As part of his housing work, Mr. Vitto has designed numerous community facilities, social service facilities, and parks. He is responsible for the design and implementation of the first green roof associated with a publicly funded supportive housing facility in NYC and has received numerous awards for his Historic Preservation work.

OCV founding partner John R. Coogan
John R. Coogan

John Coogan, a founding partner of OCV Architects, has nearly 40 years of experience designing multi-family housing developments, single-family homes, corporate offices, restaurants, educational facilities and community centers. John shares in the deep interest in housing that defines OCV as a leader in supportive and affordable housing design. With a specialization in residential rehabilitation, particularly in government assisted housing, tenant-in-occupancy rehabs, and Landmarks Preservation work, John has overseen the construction of over 20,000 affordable apartments throughout the metro area.

OCV partner Mary Ellen Cooper

Mary Ellen Cooper

As the firm's LEED, WELL and Passive House certified consultant, Mary Ellen has realized some of OCV's most progressive supportive housing projects, bringing sustainability to housing that serves veterans, formerly homeless, and vulnerable New Yorkers alike.

OCV partner Barbara Wuehrer Engelking
Barbara Wuehrer Engelking

Barbara has overseen a broad range of projects and clients, from extensive renovations and adaptations of Landmarked buildings and institutional projects, to new construction residential towers, down to small boutique bars and unique luxury apartments.

OCV partner Luis Paz
Luis Paz

Having developed sustainable new construction projects and preserved well over 100 buildings in the five boroughs and Westchester, Luis has developed an expertise in the housing work that is a hallmark of OCV's commitment to making and improving homes in New York City and the surrounding area.

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