Jennifer Siegal ‘87, Harvard Loeb Fellow ’03, was honored for her significant contributions to the design and architecture professions by the Alumni Association of the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc). Siegal earned a master’s degree from SCI-Arc in 1994. The Distinguished Alumni Awards was presented to her at the Alumni Association’s annual scholarship fundraising event on Nov. 5 at Inner-City Arts, Los Angeles.
Siegal is founder and principal of the Los Angeles-based firm Office of Mobile Design (OMD), which is dedicated to the design and construction of responsible, sustainable, and precision built structures. Her innovative mobile structures include customized, prefab, green Modernist homes; the Mobile EcoLab used to teach students about the environment; and the Portable Construction Training Center created for the Venice Community Housing Corporation. Her most recent work is a modern, modular home product line called Take Home.
Siegal’s work was exhibited at the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Smithsonian Institution during its 2003 National Design Triennial; the Walker Art Center’s Strangely Familiar: Design and Everyday Life; the 2006 NY Mobile Living Exhibition; and the National Building Museum’s The Green House, New Directions in Sustainable Architecture and Design in 2006 and Reinventing the Globe: A Shakespearean Theater for the 21st Century in 2007.
Her work has also received television exposure on CNN and HGTV. It has received broadcast coverage on NPR’s “My Fellow Americans,” and has been widely published in more than 100 books, newspapers and journals from Architectural Record, Domus, Dwell, Elle Décor, ID, Los Angeles Times, Metropolitan Home, Newsweek, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, Wired, Wall Street Journal, and Wallpaper.
One of her designs was recognized by the popular media in 2003 when Esquire magazine named her one of the “Best and Brightest” and the Architectural League of New York included her in the acclaimed Emerging Voices program. She was featured in 2006 Fast Company’s “Masters of Design” for her exceptional approach to utilizing new material and forms to create her designs. She was also honored when Mayor Antonio Viaragossa presented her with the History Channel’s 2006 Infiniti Design Excellence Award for her competition entry for the Los Angeles City of the Future 2106.
While at William Smith, she was an architectural studies major who also worked at Saga.
For more information on Siegal and her company, Office of Mobile Design, visit her Web site: http://www.designmobile.com/