My name is Saxon Sigerson and I am a one person architectural firm in Fair Oaks, California. I am a former journeyman carpenter and construction superintendent.  I received my professional degree in architecture from the University of Southern California after studying in Florence, Italy.  I have been in practice on my own since 1999.  I also teach a one month architecture class to high school seniors each year.

My design philosophy

For me architecture is more than function and more than form.  Architecture is about making places with meaning that resonate in the soul.  Wonderful form making and crystal clear functionality can contribute to that special quality but it is an understanding of the client, the site and universal truths of the human condition that are needed in making a beautiful and memorable place.

I also believe that buildings need to be good citizens not only from a sustainable and energy efficient point of view, but also from an urban perspective in considering how a given building can contribute to making a better city.

Lastly, there are times when a client needs a very simple and functional design, or a store layout just like the one they did last year.  That is fine too.  I totally understand and embrace the fact that architecture can’t be making a profound artistic statement all the time.


7 Responses to “About Saxon”

  1. January 10, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    Great website, Saxon! Thanks for sharing it on AIA Knowledge Net. I agree with your design philosophies.

  2. January 11, 2012 at 6:45 am

    Thanks much Tara, I will check out your website and twitter material also

  3. January 11, 2012 at 8:04 am

    Saxon, I really like your website and blog too. One of the things – besides your design philosophy – that I like is how well you write. Very few architects write well, and I like to remember the ones who do. I’m teaching ‘Professional Practice’ this spring at the architecture school at UNC Charlotte. One of the assignments is for the students to research a working firm, interview (if possible) a member of the firm, and report on it. I will put you on the list of firms to choose from (in the ‘S’ category – as in S, M, L, XL). Hope you don’t mind getting a call from a student in Charlotte in the near future.

  4. January 11, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Hi Dick, thanks a ton for the props, I too teach at the high school level though for one intense month each year. Some of the best work I do all year. There is an article in my blog about the course. I would be delighted to field calls. Mentoring is a profound responsibility for me and I have to go outside my hermit cave to do it so bring em on

    best Saxon

    Saxon Sigerson AIA

    Check out my architecture blog

    Sigerson Architects 7940 California Avenue, Suite 4 Fair Oaks, CA 95628 T (916) 863-6470 F (916) 966-3948

  5. 5 Dick Perlmutter AIA
    January 11, 2012 at 8:36 am

    Glad to hear it. Good luck with everything. DP

  6. January 12, 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Saxon! Nicely done – as thoughtful as I would expect knowing you! Cheers and keep it up!

  7. January 13, 2012 at 9:54 am

    Thanks so much Mike, having fun with this.

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