IALD, ISLE, LEED® AP
With a bachelor’s degree in architecture and a master’s in building science, Archit’s training combines both aesthetics and technology which together create award-winning projects. After working for other lighting design firms for 14 years, Archit co-founded Oculus Light Studio with Scott Hatton. Archit’s projects have ranged from large scale commercial and mixed use projects to smaller scale residential and retail stores. In addition to the United States, where he is based, he has worked extensively on projects around the globe, including those in Middle East, Europe, South East Asia, the Caribbean, China and India. At Oculus, Archit is responsible for maintaining client-relationships, setting design direction and overseeing resources to deliver a successful, cost-effective and on-schedule project.
MIES, LEED® AP
Scott Hatton graduated from the University of Colorado’s Architectural Engineering program in 1999 and immediately headed west to pursue his passion in lighting design. While at Lighting Design Alliance, Scott worked on the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa and the project team was awarded the IIDA’s Edwin F. Guth Memorial Award of Excellence. Scott has managed teams of lighting designers on a diverse range of projects. Seeking new challenges, Scott co-founded Oculus Light Studio to further his own idea of how light can shape and enhance the visual environment.
Carol has a Bachelors in Architecture from Woodbury University, and was inspired to join the lighting community when she studied James Turrell and Tadao Ando for her thesis, and was intrigued by the unique integration and mastery of the medium in both the artistic and functional fields. She has over 12 years of experience in the lighting field working on various genres of projects, although hospitality is her favorite. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with family and doing arts and craft projects.
Joel grew up in upstate NY. He began studying lighting at the University of Colorado where he earned a Bachelors in Architectural Engineering. From there he acquired a position at Fisher Marantz Stone in New York, where he furthered his understanding of architecture and design before moving to Los Angeles and joining the Oculus team. Throughout this time, he has continually pursued his main hobby of rock climbing, that has led to extensive traveling and living abroad.
A native of sunny California, Jane moved to Shanghai upon completing her bachelor’s degree at UC San Diego. As a studio portrait photographer in Shanghai, she learned to manipulate light and space to evoke distinct tonal moods. Upon returning to California, she continued her education in Interior Architecture at UCLA. Inspired by cinematic set pieces, Jane ported her diverse experiences to creating rich visual experiences beyond the lens, in architectural lighting. Jane joined the Oculus team in 2013, and her award-winning work has since been published in international architectural lighting magazines. When Jane is not in the office, she enjoys getting out of the city to surf or go on extended backpacking trips.
Sarah studied Architecture at Xi’an University in China before getting her Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture from Washington University in St. Louis. Before joining Oculus, she interned in various architecture and landscape companies including Lawrence Group in St. Louis and Northwest Building Design Institute in Shanghai. The thing that Sarah enjoys most about lighting design is the combination of art and technique in a practical application; qualities that extend to her out of office hobbies of painting, reading, and planning her next travel adventure.
Chao-Wei is a designer and visual artist with a rooted background in architecture. He earned his Bachelors of Architecture at SCI-Arc with a Henry Adams merit award. Shortly afterwards, he studied at University of Michigan Taubman College for his Master’s in Architecture. Before joining the Oculus team, he worked at Zerolab office in Shanghai on diverse interior projects including hospitality, education renovations, and office tenant improvements. Upon returning to the US, he re-focused his architectural interest in lighting design as he found inspiration in the fact that lighting design provides an ephemeral quality to architecture that is otherwise permanent in expression. His favorite designer is the late Francis Tsai, a visual concept artist known for his beautiful, uncanny aesthetic and futuristic technology-scapes.
Spurthy received her Bachelors in Architecture from B.M.S College of Engineering in India, followed by a Master’s of Building Science from University of Southern California. While a student at USC, she pursued an interest in Sustainable Architecture that eventually led to a career in Lighting Design, as it encompassed an ideal combination of sustainability and creative design. After graduating, Spurthy began her career as a professional lighting designer at Oculus by contributing to many commercial and residential projects. She gets her greatest inspiration from travel and spending time exploring other cultures.
Elise graduated from Ithaca College before moving to New York City and working in entertainment for CBS. After making the move to Los Angeles, Elise freelanced in entertainment, production, marketing, and social media which turned out to be great multi-faceted training for an office manager at a creative architecture firm. When she’s not working she enjoys reading, cooking, baking, and volunteering with various causes.