55 'Team News' posts:

October 16, 2018

Archit in 2018 LightShow West Panel Discussion

This year’s LightShow West at the Las Vegas Convention Center is just a day away! Be sure not to miss Oculus Light Studio Principal, Archit Jain, participating for his second time as a panel member for the seminar The Dos and Don’ts of Working with a Commercial Lighting Designer!

THURSDAY – OCTOBER 18
9:00 – 10:00 am | Seminar S13

The Dos and Don’ts of Working with a Commercial Lighting Designer
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October 4, 2018

Celebrating Jane You’s 5 Years at Oculus

It feels like only yesterday that Jane started here at Oculus, and here we are celebrating 5 years! The years passed by in the blink of an eye!

In the meantime, Jane has progressed to a creative, knowledgeable, and effective lighting designer with an extensive portfolio of projects ranging from large core and shell projects, tenant improvements, aquariums, multi-family developments, and retail stores and retail centers. She is also instrumental in mentoring younger designers to graduate to the Oculus design standards that we so zealously guard. And she remains a favorite of her many clients!

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September 25, 2018

Oculus’ Summer Travels 2018

Being busy lighting designers throughout most of the year, it is always good to have some time away from our desks to explore, to travel, and to create lasting memories. Each year we ask our Oculus Team to reflect back on what they enjoyed about their summers and to share a bit about what they did. Please enjoy our pictures and notes in the galleries below, and we hope everyone enjoyed their summers as much as we did!


JANE

Red rock, glacial melt, oasis towns, figs, olives, honey, mint tea. The sun is bigger as it sets on the horizon in Morocco than at home, and the summer day stays hot well into the night. The most memorable night would be riding to camp in the Sahara and rushing into a tent to escape a sudden sandstorm followed by a passing thunderstorm… then coming out to clear skies with the milky way in full bloom above the dunes.

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July 16, 2018

We Are Hiring!

Oculus is Hiring a Creative Office Manager / Marketing Coordinator! This position is full time (40 hours/week), and we are looking to hire ASAP!

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July 10, 2018

A Day in the Life of an Oculus Intern

Ruoxiao Zeng is our student intern this year, and we feel lucky to have her here for the summer season before she goes back to her busy school schedule studying for a Master’s in Building Science at the University of Southern California! We asked her a few questions about her background, experience so far at Oculus, and why she has a general interest in lighting. We hope that after her internship she will consider a career as a lighting designer.

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June 25, 2018

Oculus Wins 4 Awards at 2018 Lumen West

We are happy and honored to announce that Oculus Light Studio was a recipient of four awards at the 2018 Lumen West Awards Dinner on Saturday, June 23, 2018 at the Millenium Biltmore Hotel.  The Illuminating Engineering Society of LA and Orange County (IESLA & IESOC)  yearly hosts this big awards night for the best of Southern California lighting design.

Award of Excellence – Energy & Environmental Design for RDC/S111 Urban Office
Award of Merit for RDC/S111 Urban Office
Award of Merit for AT&T San Francisco Flagship
Award of Merit for Parasol Park

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June 1, 2018

RDC/Studio111 Office Wins Calibre Design Award

International Interior Design Association Southern California Chapter hosted their 2018 Calibre Design Awards on Friday, May 18th, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. We are happy to announce that our lighting design project, RDC/Studio111 Office, won in the Work-Medium Category at the Gala Event! Congratulations to RDC/Studio111, and a special thanks for including us as part of the design team.

You can view all the winning projects here!

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May 18, 2018

Lightfair 2018 in the ‘Windy City’

By Archit Jain

Sarah Wang and I were the official Oculus representatives at Lightfair in Chicago.  It was fun walking through a large variety of luminaires, controls and components at the show. Even better was to catch up with old friends and acquaintances.

As lighting design firms go, we are lucky to be considered important enough for many manufacturers to come by our office regularly to keep us appraised of their newest products and advances.  However, Lightfair still gives us a wide overview into upcoming products and general trends in the lighting industry.

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April 30, 2018

April 20, 2018

Oculus Outing: Reality Projector & Blue Ribbon Sushi

The Oculus Team spent a lovely late afternoon and early evening outside of the office. We traveled to the Marciano Art Foundation to view and be inspired by Olafur Elliason’s Reality Projector and afterwards visited Blue Ribbon Sushi Bar, one of our award-winning hospitality projects!

At Marciano Art Foundation we were awed by the expansiveness of Ellison’s warehouse-sized video projection. To experience light and art combined, was right up our alley as lighting designers! According to MAF’s website, “For his exhibition at the foundation, titled Reality projector (2018), Eliasson has conceived of a seemingly simple, yet complex installation that uses projected light and the existing architecture of the space to create a dynamic shadow play. The artwork references the space’s former function as a theater as well as the history of filmmaking in the city by turning the entire space into an abstract, three-dimensional film.

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April 6, 2018

Oculus Project Wins Shop! 2018 Design Gold Award

We are proud to announce that Oculus Light Studio is a recipient of a 2018 Shop! Retail Gold Award. Per their website, “The Shop! Awards Competitions recognize the best new designs in retail environments and experiences. Considered by many as the “Academy Awards” of the retail design and brand marketing industries, we offer four award programs, each celebrating a different area of design expertise.”

2018 Gold Award Winner
Roots, York, ON, Canada
Congratulations to: CallisonRTKL

March 12, 2018

Archit Speaking at IESLA Pechakucha

Check out Oculus Light Studio principal, Archit Jain, speak at Illuminating Engineering Society Los Angeles event ‘What Inspires Me, Powered by PechaKucha’, from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm on March 15th

“Come join us for an evening of inspirational exchange. We will have a variety of presenters sharing their passions: lighting designers, architects, lighting reps, & lighting manufacturers. Every day as an architect or lighting designer requires inspiration, but where do these individuals find it?”

 

February 23, 2018

Reaching New Heights with BCG DTLA

A very nice write-up was recently done by Light Show West of our BCG Office project in DTLA. The article describes the many opportunities and challenges to transforming this corporate office environment into something truly unique. Working within dizzying heights and strict light levels, the team got creative and came up with solutions for the varying spaces. Striking focal features to the office include concealed LED striplights along stairways and an RGB programmable skylight that accentuates the 50′ high lobby.

“On the 51st floor, you can see 360 degree views: the mountains and the ocean, from downtown to Long Beach….You’re looking north at 50 ft of glass on the 51st floor of a downtown office tower. Where else would you find a space like that?” Scott Hatton is quoted.

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January 15, 2018

January 4, 2018

Scott Hatton in IES Panel Discussion

And the Award Goes to…..An Evening Panel Discussion with Lighting Designers

January 18, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

About:
As a warm up to the award season, please join us for a panel discussion with last year’s award recipients. It will be an informative and inspiring discussion with the project designers. Hear from the designer’s in their own words how the project came to be. And get the inside view as to why these projects were selected by the judges.”

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December 15, 2017

Finding Our Happy Place

To celebrate the holidays, the Oculus Team ventured out to DTLA and ‘Instagram-ed’ our way through Happy Place, an immersive set of multi-room installations meant for taking your best selfie. We got goofy with our picture taking, including finding Scott hanging upside down like a bat from a bedroom ceiling. Overall, we enjoyed meandering through the different rooms and left with big smiles on all of our faces!

To cap the night off, we ate a large family-style meal at Officine Brera,which provided a festive and inviting atmosphere to celebrate the holiday season. Not to mention, we had the chance to experience basking in the warm glow of Oculus’ award-winning lighting design! The Northern Italian inspired cuisine was super satisfying and we all ate until we could eat no more. continued→

November 6, 2017

Welcome Our Newest Team Members!

We are so very pleased to welcome aboard our newest lighting designers, Likhitha Rangaswamy and Karl ‘Nico’ Meyer, to the Oculus Family. Acquiring some bright young talent is certainly exciting!

To find out more about all of our lighting designers, visit our People page.

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September 13, 2017

September 8, 2017

Oculus’ Summer Travels

Among all the deadlines, and the visiting interns, it still was an eventful summer for the Oculus team outside of the studio! Many of us were able to do a bit of traveling, whether going abroad or venturing out on weekend camping excursions. As the season is coming to a close, we thought it would be nice to take a look back and share some of the unique things that each of us did. We hope you had a wonderful summer as well!


ARCHIT

As part of his family’s experimental “visit a country a year” plan, Archit and family took a trip to Chile. A country with many landscapes, they were able to catch some contemporary architecture in Santiago, visit the Andes Mountains for some August skiing, see the the stark visuals of the Atacama desert with the Valle de La Luna (Moon Valley) and view the colorful murals of the ocean-side town of Valparaiso. Exceptionally cool to him was the Tropic of Capricorn (nerd!).

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July 27, 2017

Oculus Outing to Petersen Automotive Museum and Drago Ristorante

The Oculus Light Studio Team went on our summer outing to the Petersen Automotive Museum.  Of course, being the architectural lighting designers we are, there was plenty of discussion over the lighting installation and architecture of the museum. Overall, everyone enjoyed admiring the collections of vintage cars and Scott even got to play a racing game!

Hungry from our museum exploration, we finished the afternoon by dining at the newly constructed Drago Ristorante housed within the museum.  The interior design of the restaurant happens to be a hospitality project that Oculus recently won a Calibre Design Award for and it was nice to finally enjoy a delicious meal there.

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