Principals, SAW//Spiegel Aihara Workshop, San Francisco
Architect Dan Spiegel, AIA, and landscape architect Megumi Aihara, ASLA, founded San Francisco-based SAW//Spiegel Aihara Workshop in 2014 as a transdisciplinary design practice. The central focus of SAW’s work is the productive tension between architecture and landscape architecture. SAW’s work spans scales (from the tactile object to the city) and timelines (from the immediate to the ecological), identifying the blind spots between disciplines and taking advantage of the hidden opportunities therein. The firm has received several accolades for young practices, including the 2018 League Prize from the Architectural League of New York, and 2016 AIA Emerging Professionals distinction, as well as Architect Magazine’s “Next Progressives” feature in 2018. Spiegel earned a BA in Public Policy from Stanford University and his M.Arch from Harvard Graduate School of Design. He teaches architecture at UC Berkeley. Megumi received a BA in Visual Arts from Brown University, Providence, RI, and a Master of Landscape Architecture from Harvard Graduate School of Design. She has been an adjunct professor of architecture at California College of the Arts (CCA), San Francisco.