Naming her studio (founded in 1998) the Office of Mobile Design was for Jennifer Siegal a direct consequence of her great interest in “transitional” spaces. Her work focuses on the design of mobile, removable, and re-positionable structures, based on her research into a new type of prefabrication that uses industrial processes to create more efficient and agile buildings, which in some cases involve the use of wheels as an element to make the architecture more user-friendly and literally dynamic.
Siegal has dealt with these aspects both through public educational spaces and through working with the theme of habitation, with the Saetrain Residence (2003) in Los Angeles, for example, which creates a dynamic living space starting from the use of simple standard containers.
During the evening, arcVision Prize remembered and highlighted the personality of Gae Aulenti. The Special Award that was assigned to her is an acknowledgement for her role as an architect and academic, so significant in the history of Italy and women’s struggle to affirm their equality and for the recognition of their quality as designers.
Federica Galloni, General Manager Art, Contemporary Architecture and Urban Suburbs of the Ministry for Fine Arts, Culture and Tourism, was present at the award-giving ceremony.