June 10, 2021

Pasadena’s New Family Friendly Restaurant

Located in Old Pasadena, Agnes Restaurant & Cheesery opened their doors last week for the grand opening! Named after the executive’s chef’s own grandmother, the restaurant was inspired by and envisioned as a warm, family-style gathering place. It’s clear the chef partners and owners truly care about how their restaurant looks and feels, and Oculus played a big part in making sure all of the details were just right!

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May 27, 2021

Oculus is Hiring: Mid-Level Lighting Designer

About Us:

Oculus Light Studio is an award-winning lighting design studio based in the Culver City area of Los Angeles, CA with a satellite studio in Seattle, WA. We are passionate about great lighting design and how it can enhance the visual environment. We believe in collaborative design and enjoy working on a variety of project types. Oculus offers an engaging, informal and inclusive work environment, a 9-80 schedule with alternate Fridays off and work-life integration. Other perks include frequent catered lunches and a part-time office dog. Look us up on the web, Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin!

We are currently looking for a full-time mid-level lighting designer to join our diverse team currently working on a wide range of architectural lighting design projects located both locally and around the globe.

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May 5, 2021

Oculus Presentation at LightFair 2021

Oculus Principal Scott Hatton will be presenting at LightFair in New York this fall! His talk titled “Using Light to Create Natural Environments and Powerful Human Experiences: A Case Study of Three Aquarium Projects”, will take place on October 28th from 8:30am-9:30am (Session Code: L21EL2; check out the conference schedule here).

Join us on a journey through the recently completed St. Louis Aquarium, Mississippi Aquarium, and the “SHARKS! Predators of the Deep” exhibit at the Georgia Aquarium. These examples will show how the latest lighting and control technologies were used to create a variety of natural environments for the animals, and an experiential journey for humans.

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April 16, 2021

More Recently Completed Projects!

This past year has had its ups and downs, and some of those “ups” were completions of projects that we were excited to see come to life! Oculus has recently added more projects to our website that have been completed in 2020, including two new healthcare facilities with a hospitality feel, a well known TV-show-turned-restaurant, and an aquarium expansion that added a 1-million gallon shark tank as well as a new 40′-long jellyfish tank illuminated exclusively with color-changing lighting.

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February 22, 2021

Assistant Architectural Lighting Designer – Paid Summer Internship 2021

About us: Oculus Light Studio is an award-winning lighting design studio based in the Culver City area of Los Angeles, CA with a satellite studio in Seattle, WA. We are passionate about great lighting design and how it can enhance the visual environment.  We believe in collaborative design and enjoy working on a variety of project types.  Oculus offers an engaging, informal and inclusive work environment, a 9-80 schedule with alternate Fridays off and work-life integration. Other perks include frequent catered lunches (which we have continued remotely) and a part-time office dog. Look us up on the web, Instagram, Facebook and Linkedin. continued→

February 11, 2021

Citizen Public Market

Downtown Culver City, CA is starting to get quite a facelift, especially with Amazon moving into their new offices at Culver Steps and at Culver Studios (both Oculus projects incidentally!).   Now a new little market has come to light in a small historic building right across from all of the office action.

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January 26, 2021

Oculus Projects Pushing Ahead

Despite challenges from the COVID-19 pandemic, construction is still moving forward on many of Oculus’s projects. San Pedro Public Market is one of them: this redevelopment of the seaside plaza originally constructed in 1962 as “Ports O’ Call Village”, is underway and expected to be completed next year.

Located at San Pedro Port, this mixed-use marketplace will feature a waterfront promenade and include a variety of local restaurant and retail businesses, along with recreational areas, and a 6,000-seat outdoor amphitheater. For this project uniquely situated next to an operating port, the lighting design takes cues from industrial buildings, local marketplaces, and maritime activity to support the celebration of the San Pedro’s rich heritage.

Have a look at this Los Angeles Times Article to read more about this exciting project!

January 7, 2021

Senior Associate Joel Weston

Oculus Light Studio is pleased to announce that Joel Weston has been promoted to the position of Senior Associate. Joel has designed a wide range of projects, both nationally and internationally. His projects include Saks Fifth Avenue New York Flagship, Nike Stores in Japan and Korea, office for Concord Music Group and hospitality project Mayumi. In addition, he has worked on many single and multi-family residential projects and mixed-use buildings.

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December 8, 2020

Oculus Principals Present at IES LA Events

It’s share-with-the-local-community month! Both of Oculus’ principals will be presenting at upcoming online IESLA events!

“What I Wish I Knew!”

As part of the Emerging Professional series, Scott Hatton, IES, LEED® AP, Principal at Oculus Light Studio will dwell on the question “While I am definitely still learning life’s lessons, what key advice would I give my past self?”

Besides this deep reflection, Scott will also discuss some of Oculus’ award-winning projects to help emerging professionals gain insight into the design process and the firm’s philosophies.

December 10th, 2020 at 6pm PST
The event is free and you can register here!

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December 4, 2020

UGG Launches its New Flagship Store!

Just in time for winter weather, UGG recently opened its brand new flagship store located along 5th Avenue in New York City, and Oculus is pleased to have been a part of the new branding concept and design.

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November 20, 2020

Oculus is Thankful For…

With the holidays rapidly approaching, Oculus is keeping a positive attitude for the new year. Here’s what each of us is thankful for this year:

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October 23, 2020

Georgia Aquarium’s SHARKS! Predators of the Deep Opens Today!

After nearly three years of design and construction, it’s finally ready for the grand reveal, and Oculus couldn’t be more excited and proud to have been a part of it all! Today Georgia Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the Western Hemisphere, is opening its much anticipated and mysterious exhibit, SHARKS! Predators of the Deep! With 1.2M gallons of water and over 5 different species of sharks, this exhibit is sure to give thrills and chills, while helping educate its visitors on these misunderstood creatures.

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October 9, 2020

FLOR 401 Supportive Housing Lofts Near Completion

Oculus Light Studio is in the midst of wrapping up work on the FLOR 401 Lofts, one of three recent developments funded by Skid Row’s Proposition HHH bond. We designed in collaboration with KoningEizenberg on these new affordable housing units, which will support individuals experiencing homelessness: half of the units are intended for homeless Veterans, and the other half for low-income households and/or those with special needs.

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September 18, 2020

Mississippi Aquarium Opening Day!

The new Mississippi Aquarium made a big splash with its recent grand opening, and Oculus is proud to have been a part of the design team for this 5.8 acre aquatic campus! Having dodged three hurricanes and being delayed due to COVID-19, the original opening date was postponed, but on the 15th anniversary of Katrina, the Governor opened the gates of the aquarium to the public.

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August 27, 2020

WarnerMedia Moves to Culver City

It’s official! In 2021 WarnerMedia will be moving into the newly constructed office building located at the Culver City Metro Station. Oculus is thrilled to be the lighting designer for this over-$350M mixed-use complex at Ivy Station.

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August 11, 2020

My (Remote) Summer at Oculus

By Annabelle Fung

Annabelle Fung, a student at USC School of Architecture was Oculus’ summer intern.  It was a first for Oculus, along with many other firms, to try internships remotely, and though the day to day interactions were missed, we realized that there were plenty of learning opportunities.  Following is Annabelle’s account on her summer at Oculus.  Here’s wishing you all the best in your upcoming endeavors, Annabelle!

Upon finishing my semester online, I was extremely grateful to have the opportunity to virtually join the Oculus cohort this summer. Working closely with the Oculus designers, I hit the ground running, wearing many hats as I dabbled in a variety of projects from mixed-use complexes to office buildings to single-family homes, designing away for interior and exterior lighting, crafting up renders, and even performing lighting calculations.

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July 30, 2020

Newly Completed Projects

Oculus Light Studio has added more of our recently completed projects to the website! These projects include Amazon’s new office towers in Seattle, which also house a community shelter; an award-winning shoe retail store, a colorful center for the LA LGBT community, an exciting new aquarium built in an old train station, and another fresh neighborhood park in Orange County.

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July 14, 2020

Cedars-Sinai Opens New Cancer Treatment Clinic

Cedars-Sinai Ventana recently opened up their new Oncology and Internal Medicine clinic in Tarzana, CA. Oculus has been working closely with ZGF, the lead architect, for over 3 years on this project. At approximately 30,000sf, this clinic is comprised of clinical sections for exams and treatment areas where the design is more “hospitality” and less “hospital”, to create a calming environment for patients during their multi-hour infusion.

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June 22, 2020

Virtual Lumen West Awards

The winners of the 2020 Lumen West Awards were announced this weekend, and although we didn’t get to dress up and have a fancy dinner this year, Oculus was still excited and proud to take home two more awards! Our IES Lumen West Award of Merit winners this year are the Aviron offices and Athletic Propulsion Labs retail store.

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May 29, 2020

500 Broadway Under Construction

500 Broadway is under construction! This large mixed-used development in Downtown Santa Monica is also being called “The Park”, as it will provide communal courtyards, and green outdoor spaces on the top levels of 4 different towers connected via pedestrian bridges. The project also intends to help reduce neighborhood vehicular traffic by providing employees and residents with transportation allowances that would cover the costs of transit passes and bike parking.

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