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 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 and traveling off the grid.
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.
Likhitha earned her bachelor’s degree in architecture in India and worked as an architect for a year before moving to the United States to continue her education. She studied lighting while pursuing her master’s in Building Science at University of Southern California. Her background in architecture has helped her understand the aesthetic effects of lighting. Likhitha is an active member of the IES, and she was the recipient of the 2017 IES Young Professional Scholarship and 2017 IESLA Saul M. Goldin Memorial Scholarship as well as a winner of the 2016 IESLA Russell Cole Memorial Graduate Student Design Competition. Outside of work Likhitha enjoys cooking and hiking.
Karl Nico Meyer
A Colorado native, Nico earned his bachelors in Architectural Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder. During his time in Boulder, he focused on his passion for lighting and actively participated in his local IES chapter. Understanding and enjoying the creative potential of lighting design to enhance the physical form of architecture, Nico moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career as a designer with Oculus. Outside of the office, Nico spends the majority of his time in various outdoors activities that include soccer, fly-fishing and surfing.
Business and Marketing Manager
Aubrey grew up in and around Chicago and moved to Los Angeles upon graduating from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2015 with a Master’s in Fine Art. Her creative background and talents have led her into various marketing, arts administration, and teaching roles over the years. Outside of Oculus Light Studio, she is a practicing installation artist using ceramics, sculpture and video. She notices a common thread between her artistic practice and what lighting design accomplishes in a space, in that both create an experiential mood and environment. Other than participating in creative endeavors, she loves venturing out to the desert and mountains.