OCULUS’s work is founded on the belief that people and their interactions form the core of great public space. Our focus is on the everyday routine of daily life rather than on spectacle, style, and event. We work to create designs that connect people to one another and to the larger environment—a dialogue between the individual and the collective that is physical, sensorial, phenomenal, and at times indescribable.
Our work is an amalgamation of urban design, landscape architecture, and architecture. We believe that the design of public space is most powerful when the skills and expertise of all disciplines are encouraged to mix freely and openly; when boundaries are blurred and potentials explored. We believe that we have an important role to play in facilitating this exploration. Our process is highly varied and includes hand drawing, physical modeling, digital modeling, and technical documentation.
Don Hoover and Bob Earl founded OCULUS in 1993 with a focus on the design of public space and the exploration of public experience. The practice has grown over the past twenty years to include studios in Washington, DC, Sydney, and Melbourne.