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. 

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Dan Spiegel, AIA
Founding Partner, Principal 

Dan 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 currently teaches architecture at UC Berkeley and California College of the Arts (CCA) and has been an invited design critic at several schools of architecture, including Harvard University, Rhode Island School of Design, and California College of the Arts. Dan is a licensed architect in the state of California.

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Megumi Aihara, ASLA, PLA
Founding Partner, Principal 

Megumi has ten years of professional experience creating landscapes, big and small.  Prior to joining SAW, Megumi was a Senior Project Manager at Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, and a Landscape Architect with Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture. Megumi received a Master of Landscape Architecture from the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and a B.A. in Visual Arts from Brown University. She is an Adjunct Professor of architecture at California College of the Arts (CCA). Megumi is a licensed Landscape Architect in the states of California and Hawaii. 

Sharon Ling

Sharon received a Louisiana ASLA student honor award in 2015 before earning her Masters in Landscape Architecture from Louisiana State University. Originally from China, Sharon holds a Bachelor degree of Landscape Architecture from Nanjing Forestry University. 

Max Obata

Max received a B.A in Architectural History and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan where he was the recipient of the Kampner Memorial Award for most outstanding thesis. Prior to joining SAW, Max was a designer at Snøhetta in San Francisco and New York. His other professional experience includes design positions at Fumihiko Maki Associates in Tokyo, BASE in Beijing and LAMAS in Ann Arbor.

Kenn Hu

Kenn received his Master of Architecture degree from the California College of the Arts where he researched collective living in light of the sharing economy in San Francisco. Prior to becoming a Bay Area transplant, he worked in Hawai’i where he received his Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Design from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa.