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February 13, 2017

Google Venice Awarded Gold LEED Rating

Today Oculus was pleased to hear that the Google Venice Project, including the Google Landscape, has been awarded a Gold LEED rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. We recognize the importance of environmentally conscious design, so we are proud to have collaborated with both Gensler and Google to achieve the second highest level of LEED certification. Congratulations to the team!

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a rigorous program created to promote more sustainable architectural and civil design, starting from the planning phase and continuing through construction to building maintenance and operation.

November 4, 2016

IALD Chase the Dark 2016

One of our designers had the opportunity to take part in the IALD event “Chase the Dark 2016” last night, and was able to contribute some really fantastic photos!

IALD Chase the Dark is a unique international event described on their website as : “Each year, IALD members and non-members participate in “Chase the Dark,” an international lighting movement that tasks participants to photograph and share displays of light via social media during a 24 hour period as the sun sets westward across the globe. The results capture the creativity and diversity of the lighting design profession.”  This year’s theme was “Light where you Live”, which encouraged designers to appreciate and photograph both the natural and man made light sources that illuminate their communities.

This was such a wonderful and unique way to appreciate light, thank you to the organizers for coming up with such a fun social event!  Check out Spurthy’s photos below, and search #IALDChaseDark on any social media platform to enjoy other designers’ photos!

October 14, 2016

The Autry EthnoBotanical Garden is Open!

The Autry Museum of the American West recently opened a new exhibition called “California Continued” that consists of two renovated gallery spaces and 7,000 square foot outdoor space where the former Gene Autry backlot has been transformed in a new ethnobotanical teaching garden. The garden is home to over 60 plants that are native to the state, but also includes information on the history of how native peoples used the plants in their everyday lives. Designed by Matthew Kennedy of Costello Kennedy Landscape Architecture with the help of Native American elders, authors, professors and museum experts, who all worked to ensure that each intentional plant selection works with the content in the two new gallery exhibitions “Human Nature” and “The Life and Work of Mabel McKay”. This dedication to research is reflected the interactive displays that help visitors appreciate how each plant in the garden relates to California’s various micro-climates.

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September 14, 2016

Get to the Point with DLF

Oculus Principal Scott Hatton was invited by Designer’s Lighting Forum to lead a walking tour of The Point, a unique center-facing lifestyle center located in El Segundo.  The space was designed to simulate a sort of “community living room” with warm lighting and a multitude of gathering spaces for a variety of events.  The tour lasted about an hour and included a Q & A segment, in which Scott discussed not only the technical aspects of the fixtures themselves, but also the design process that goes into designing an outdoor space.  Turnout was great, and we are pleased that we’ve already been asked to take part in a second tour on another of our projects!

Thank you to DLF for the fun opportunity to shed some light (pun intended) on our process as lighting designers!

April 8, 2016

The David L. DiLaura Fellowship

Oculus Light Studio is proud to once again have the opportunity to support future lighting designers by donating to the David L. DiLaura Industry Professor of Architectural Engineering Fellowship.  David was a professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder which is one of only four lighting specific programs in the country, and it is regarded as the top-ranked by most experts both in academia and industry.  Not only that, but Scott Hatton, one of our Principals, had him as a professor, so we are especially happy to support his Alma Mater.

Help cultivate the next generation of lighting designers and engineers by supporting the fellowship.

April 1, 2016

Oculus on the IESLA Panel Last Night

Oculus Principal Archit Jain was invited to speak on the Illuminating Engineering Society of Los Angeles Panel “Collaborating with Lighting Designers-a Panel Discussion About Bridging the Gap between Artistic and Technical”.  About a hundred people showed up and it was an evening dedicated to the idea that while lighting seems intangible during the the design process, it has a profound effect on the final outcome of a space.  Ultimately they discussed how they work, and how they prefer to best work together to create beautiful and memorable spaces.

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September 21, 2015

IIDA Panel: The Ten Biggest Lies about LEDS

LEDs bring several possibilities. At the same time there are pitfalls. What are the biggest issues with LED lighting that we have encountered in the last many years? How does that effect the decisions of how LED lighting is used within our projects?

Join an IIDA panel discussion with Oculus principal Archit Jain, along with Scott Johnson (Principal – Brilliant Lighting Studio, moderator), Moritz Hammer (Senior Associate – KGM Lighting), Heather Libonati (Principal – Luminesce Design) and Sean McMurray (President – ALVA) to review how lighting has changed in the last few years, and what are some pressing concerns that still need to be addressed.

LightShow West, Wednesday October 21, 4:00 to 5:00 PM.
Los Angeles Convention Center

http://www.lightshowwest.com/

March 18, 2015

Reviewing Student Work at SCI-Arc

Archit Jain was invited to be one of four guest critics at the Southern California School of Architecture (SCI-Arc) to review graduate and undergraduate student projects and discuss the role of light and lighting design in architecture. Billed as Light Work, the installation of student work throughout the SCI-Arc building was part of coursework from the Environmental Systems seminar led by faculty  Ilaria Mazzoleni and Russell Fortmeyer.

Other critics included  Light Artist Mads Christensen, and architects John Enright (Griffin Enright Architects) and Jennifer Marmon (PAR, Platform for Research & Architecture).

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October 22, 2014

Oculus Supports IALD LightPlay 2014

Oculus is proud to be a supporter of IALD’s LightPlay at the 2014 Enlighten Americas conference held this year in San Diego, California. Light Play gives students hands-on experience, with the activities varying every year from designing and building light fixtures, to analyzing local exceptional architectural lighting projects, which was this year’s Light Play exercise. It looks like the students (and seasoned professionals involved) had a great time, and we’re happy to be a part of this learning experience!

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June 10, 2013

Supporting Future Lighting Designers: The David L. DiLaura Fellowship

By Scott Hatton

Oculus Light Studio is a proud sponsor of the David L. DiLaura Industry Professor of Architectural Engineering Fellowship!  David DiLaura was a 26 year professor at the University of Colorado’s Civil, Environmental, and Architectural Engineering department and the reason why the Lighting Design Program there is one of the top ranked in the country.

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