Designing compact, flexible environments comes naturally to Jennifer Siegal. It’s part of her family tradition. Her grandfather had a hot dog cart business in Coney Island; two generations later while putting herself through graduate school at SCI-Arc, she did as well. "I spent a few years during high school in Israel on a kibbutz and traveling with Bedouin," she recalls. "I'm a nomad and I'm comfortable with new situations. I saw that the people who were most creative and inventive were those who were bucking the system. I looked at low-tech systems and at high-tech communication devices and how younger people began to store memories on their hard drive rather than surrounding themselves with objects."
In 1998 she named her firm Office of Mobile Design, a nod to her obsession with the transitory. The firm is dedicated to the design and construction of ecologically sound, dynamic structures from residential to educational to retail. It also explores prefabrication, taking advantage of industrial processes to create a more efficient and nimble architecture. She is a Visiting Professor at USC and author of Mobile: the Art of Portable Architecture, More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today, and was the founding editor of Materials Monthly. In 2009 she was awarded the SCI-Arc’s Distinguished Alumna Award.