Design Vanguard 2019: Spiegel Aihara Workshop
June 3, 2019
Photo courtesy SAW
CED lecturer, Dan Spiegel’s San Francisco-based firm, SAW, was selected as one of ten international, emerging practices for the 2019 Architectural Record Design Vanguard. Typically, practices established only within the last ten years are chosen.
Spiegel shares the firm and namesake, Spiegel Aihara Workshop, or SAW, with his wife, Megumi Ahara. Spiegel established SAW in 2011 when he began working on a Low/Rise California ranch house for his parents. Ahara signed on full time with SAW in 2014.
In their work, SAW embraces error, or more specifically the possibility of error. The pair create environments that support and even welcome diverse outcomes over time — their “post-concept” models help them prepare for unforeseen incidents that in turn amount to unexpected perspectives and fresh avenues of approach.
This approach served them well for a laboratory they designed for the mattress company, Casper. Initially begun in 2016, the project required rethinking along the way due to a number of unanticipated events including the company’s growth and the client’s pregnancy.
Spiegel, who has served nearly five years as a lecturer in the architecture department, was featured in the June 2019 issue of Architectural Record for his firm’s excellence.
A deeper look here. *Entry photo: Casper Mattress, a SAW Project*