SAW is a transdisciplinary design firm, operating at the nexus of architecture, landscape, and urban design.
This mix allows us to work across scales (from the tactile object to the city) and timelines (from the immediate to the ecological) at the onset of a project. We work to identify the blind spots between disciplines and take advantage of the hidden opportunities therein. We believe in the transformative power of good design, in the inextricable relationship between building and context, and in the vital role the built environment plays in the development of community. We view design as a collaborative, research based process, and work closely with clients to better understand their needs and advance their goals. SAW was founded in 2011 by Dan Spiegel (M.Arch) and Megumi Aihara (M.LA).
Dan Spiegel received a Master of Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University. Prior to founding SAW, Dan worked for a number of leading architecture offices in New York, Beijing, and Boston. He was formerly adjunct professor of architecture at Wentworth Institute of Technology, and has been an invited design critic at several schools of architecture, including Harvard University, Rhode Island School of Design, California College of the Arts, and UC Berkeley. Dan is a licensed architect in the state of California.