Jennifer Siegal is known for her work in creating the Prefab home of the 21st century. She 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.
Ms. Siegal earned a master’s degree from the Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) in 1994, and was a 2003 Loeb Fellow at Harvard University’s School of Design where she explored the use of intelligent, kinetic, and lightweight materials. In 1997 she was the a resident at the Chinati Foundation and in 2004 a Fellow at the MacDowell Colony in her hometown of Peterborough, NH. Presently she is the inaugural Julius Shulman Institute Fellow at Woodbury University in Los Angeles, the editor of both Mobile: the Art of Portable Architecture (2002), and More Mobile: Portable Architecture for Today (2008), and was formally the founder and Series Editor of Materials Monthly (2005-6) all published by Princeton Architectural Press. A monograph on Jennifer Siegal was published in 2005.
Ms. Siegal's 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.
Ms. Siegal’s work was exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt, National Design Museum’s 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 Shakespearen Theater for the 21st Century in 2007.
Her work has been televised on CNN, HGTV, broadcast on NPR ‘My Fellow Americans’, widely published in over 100 books, newspapers and journals from Architectural Record, Domus, Dwell, Elle Décor, ID, LA Times, Metropolitan Home, Newsweek, New York Times, Sports Illustrated, Time, Vanity Fair, Wired, Wall Street Journal, and Wallpaper. Her innovative design sensibilities and expertise in futuristic concepts, prefabricated construction, and green building technologies were 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 recently 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.