MEET THE PARTNERS: Simeon Seigel

Simeon Seigel has been working with The Turett Collaborative for over two decades, and was named a Partner in 2015. Alongside Wayne Turett, James Saisakorn, and Alex Nizhikhovskiy, Simeon is leading the firm in new and innovative directions by solving architectural challenges and working closely with long-term clients.

Learn more about Simeon here, and read on for a “Meet the Partners” Q&A!


Q: WHAT IS YOUR MAIN SOURCE OF INSPIRATION?

A: For design inspiration nothing beats the natural world for economy, elegance, and variety. It's true for macro challenges --structure, layout, massing-- and micro elements too, like textures, patterns, materials and colors.


Q: IN 5 WORDS OR LESS, WHY ARE YOU AN ARCHITECT?

A: Music + art + math + people + challenge.

And also because in my entire architectural career no one has ever required me to use just five words.


Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE ASPECT OF THE DESIGN PROCESS?

A: Dreaming and drawing in 3d is always a thrill, but all the best stories and memories stem from working with interesting people, collaborating with talented and fun partners, both in and outside our firm. It's a great privilege to be let into a client's life to unearth what they want and need, and how they relate to the built stuff around them.


Q: IF YOU WEREN’T AN ARCHITECT, WHAT WOULD YOU BE?

A: If I weren't doing this for a living I'd be doing it for fun. Plus making word puzzles and playing music.


Q: WHAT IS THE LAST BOOK YOU READ?

A: Wayne Turett gifted me Numbers Don't Lie: 71 Things You Need To Know About The World by Vaclav Smil, and The Basic Laws of Human Stupidity by Carlo M. Cipolla. Each in their way is about struggling to see things as they really are.


(photo by Mary Dorn)


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