We are a comprehensive architecture and interior design firm with an emphasis on method, aesthetic and client care.
Arcsine is an architecture and interior design firm who creates innovative and dynamic spaces within the hospitality, restaurant and workplace environment. We believe that good design brings people together, fosters relationships and inspires creativity through the enhancement of our surroundings.
Our goal is to provide compelling design, technical expertise and a collaborative environment that exceeds the client’s vision. Knowing that successful projects require conscientious management and abundantly clear communication, principals Daniel Scovill and Adam Winig create a positive experience from conceptual design to the realization of each project’s goals and aspirations.
Adam’s focus on designing responsive and engaging environments began with his work at Gensler and BraytonHughes Design Studio. Adam has been partner at Arcsine since 2006 and has been lead architect on large hospitality projects such as the Palace Hotel as well as extensive work at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco.
Adam relies on his ability to coordinate large design, consultant and construction teams to realize his commitment to well-crafted architecture, design clarity and client satisfaction. Adam has had the luxury of working with some of the biggest hotel brands on the planet and has gained incredible experience by working with world renown designers and builders to complete many extremely complicated projects on time and on budget.
His vast experience working with ownership groups from around the world on luxury properties continues to grow. Adam, a licensed architect in multiple states, received his Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan and his BA in Studio Arts from Brandeis University.
Daniel founded Arcsine in 2003 with a vision to develop a studio environment based on collaborative design innovation. His early work at Gensler and Axis Architecture + Design gave him a breadth of experience working on large commercial projects in a multi-disciplinary team setting with strong emphasis in branding and hospitality. At Arcsine, he has pursued a hands-on approach to projects curating vibrant teams of creative professionals to deliver unique restaurant, hospitality and retail projects.
Daniel approaches each design with fervor and unique passion. He coined the phrase method architect to capture his design process that is based on the premise of full emersion within a design concept. These experience based responses evident in his work highlight his deep love of design. Daniel is often found with a sketch book in hand and espresso nearby.
He holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Daniel is a licensed architect in the states of California and Nevada.
Director of Interiors
It takes a certain kind of sensitivity to really listen to a client’s vision, intuit their ideas and help bring a project to life. It’s a privilege that requires a positive candor and attention to detail that I have found truly satisfying. I actually find a similar satisfaction with food and wine pairing. These aren’t experiences you consume in a flash – you take time to tune your senses to the pitch of your palette. Design details work similarly during the process of concept development; there’s a craft to curating a tableau of perfectly paired materials to create a dynamic and rich experience within a space.
I’m interested in the background information about a thing that promotes a fuller understanding of it. In appreciating art and film I like to think about the stories behind the finished work. In practicing architecture, I believe the hidden stories that contribute to a narrative are essential to the finished product. They add tangible value and make great work. I appreciate the effectiveness of simple design. When building elements come together things can get complicated quickly. It can take a lot of exploration and research to arrive at a solution that is elegant and simple. As I work I’m constantly striving for an elegant solution, both aesthetically and practically, considering how each system will integrate into the whole. By placing value on the architectural backstory, I understand that each line on paper can represent a considerable amount of planning, research, inspiration and consideration, but it also represents bending steel, routing conduit and laying tile. Attention to the architectural backstory builds respect for both conceptualizing and implementing a building project and that helps one appreciate how technical and creative collaboration forges the path to a successful project.
Many of my formative years were spent in Hong Kong, where the dense environment and diverse culture instilled a deep sense of curiosity and fascination with how people use space. While Hong Kong’s skyline is one of its most defining features, I’ve always been more interested in the ever-evolving, hidden gems of a city: Hawkers peddling their wares from makeshift stalls wedged in-between buildings, unexpected public rooftop gardens offering quiet, an apartment-turned-private restaurant for the night, serving up exotic fare. These are places defined by context and use, remarkable and adaptive spaces that have struck a balance of working with limited real estate and cultivating a great idea. As a result, I find myself constantly on the hunt for new experiences, interesting objects (textiles, paper goods, you name it), and of course, the perfect meal. By collecting all of this visual and experiential data, I amass a vast mental catalogue that I can draw from when I’m developing a new concept or design. At Arcsine, I strive to engage our clients by developing timeless spaces and incorporating a sense of delight in the whole process.
Since I’m working for an Oakland-based business, I think it’s fair to mention that I’m third generation Oakland. My roots here are strong. I’ve had the pleasure of working a multi-faceted position here managing finances, HR and general office needs, watching our numbers double since I joined in 2012. With a creative background, blended with psychology and an MBA, I feel in concert with our principals, architects and designers, sharing in the community we’ve built over the last few years. But that’s what’s great about working here – the hierarchy is understated and a general sense of respect is shared broadly. Outside of work, I’m busy raising two boys – fast times in Alli-land (not to be confused with Disneyland, one of my favorite places – with or without my kiddos).
Is it ok to say that I’m obsessed with design? It’s true. From naturally occurring shadow play, typography, fashion design or automotive trends, I’m always noticing design and curious how particular design solutions are reached. I try and keep that information readily available as well, blending various design industries to help me broaden my approach as I conceptualize a space. So it seems design is a thread in my life that weaves its way in and around all that I do. I can draw upon design inspiration while relaxing on the family houseboat or perusing Pinterest during my daily commute. It can be invigorating and I especially love sharing my findings and collaborating with colleagues and clients. Fortunately, in the Bay Area, I’m in good design company, with plenty of industry events that keep me connected and my finger on the pulse of industry trends. Outside of office hours I’m out with my husband and dogs or traveling…for all the friends getting hitched this year!
I found a home here in Oakland and at Arcsine through a serendipitous turn of events – landing me a multi-faceted role in our office. I moved to California to study art in 2012 and joining the team at Arcsine has been a natural extension of my artistic interest. I get to play a supportive role in facilitating the process of design, accumulate anecdotes either internally or on a project, then feature, write and brag on everyone’s hard work. A driving force behind what I do is attend to each moment with an open heart and mind, keeping a keen eye out for creative ideas or solutions, recognizing that we are all much more connected than we think!
I recently relocated to San Francisco to join Arcsine in November 2015, bringing London, New York and Australian design experience to the Arcsine team. I graduated with a Bachelor of Architectural Design from the University of Newcastle in Australia and worked as an architectural drafts person before moving to New York City. Whilst working at a design/build company in Brooklyn, I designed popular bars, restaurants and music venues across the city. During my time in London, I worked for an award-winning design and architecture firm specializing in bar, restaurant and cinema design with sites across the United Kingdom.
With over 4 years restaurant design experience, I’ve worked on a wide range of projects from small independent coffee shops to multi-million dollar night clubs and food courts. I’m super excited to be one of the newest members at Arcsine and to have the opportunity to work with a high performing team to create visionary spaces around the Bay Area.
I was born and raised in Oakland, and have been immersed in the arts my whole life. My mother is an artist and my father a lawyer, so naturally the balance between the art and technical requirements of building design has always appealed to me. I am passionate about fabricating, and exploring how to design with advanced tools. Whether I am building a coffee table with custom machined joints, or 3D-printing a new cell phone case after repeatedly dropping my phone, I am always trying out new ideas. When I am not designing or building, I am enjoying the great outdoors or playing music.
My interests in architecture and design developed as I began experimenting with materials, fabrication, drawings, photography, and other media to understand space, design, and construction. I spent five years living and working in New York on various projects focused in hospitality, entertainment, and restaurants, which complimented my own experience working in the front of house of various restaurants for most of my life. I am particularly fascinated by urban environments. The rich history of a city, it’s architecture, and abandoned sites inspires me to explore and expose the past through new construction and creation. These days, when I’m not working, you will find me enjoying the outdoors, exploring less-traveled blocks of cities, or tinkering around in the wood shop I share in West Oakland.
I have always been excited about the power of design to transform people’s daily experiences – whether you notice it or not, to a certain extent every space you enter has been designed. We spend 90% of our life indoors, so the built environment has a huge impact on our mindset and well-being. While growing up in Oakland, I spent hours sketching floor plans and envisioning spaces. I spent the last eight years in New England, where I gained a range of work experiences ranging from education project management to high-end residential to affordable housing design. One of my all-time favorite designs is the airstream trailer, which I hope to someday own and renovate.
Growing up all over the world during my formative years, visual arts have allowed me to transcend language and cultural barriers. It was a powerful medium to channel my feelings and thoughts, a medium that has matured through the ages.
I have always felt a great sense of freedom when I immersed myself in pursuing my creative vision through the combination of colors, lines, forms and materials. Having had formal training as a painter, I delved into the design world with the hope of combining all my interests – art, spatial design and photography. I began exploring the fields of architecture and interior design when I first started working in theater productions in New York, both in costume and stage design. I quickly found myself fascinated by how even the subtlest change in architectural details can convey a completely different intent, while significantly impacting the undertones of the story.
After a few years passed, I realized my focus had naturally shifted from creating fantastical worlds on a stage to designing functional, yet equally engaging spaces that are used and shared by real people around me. I am constantly excited and challenged at Arcsine by bringing disparate objects and stories together in a cohesive and thoughtful space. In any forms of design, I believe in the importance of concept and narrative development. Identifying the synergies between a meaningful narrative and appropriate design solutions allows me to create what is not just pleasing to the eyes but also honest and sincere.
I have an insatiable passion for cultural, social, and political critiques with architecture and design implications. My consumption of architectural and aesthetic theory continues to transform how I think about design. The various facets of context, memory, and nostalgia play a significant role in my daily work from design concepts to drawing construction details. Research and background analysis helps make architecture relevant and radically active in the transformation of the built environment. The exploration of counter zeitgeists, off-modern understandings of past moments and designs that could-have-been, also inform my approach. These connections between unbuilt design proposals of the past and contemporary architecture inspire me to delve into the potentials of every project to create effective and innovative work.
I am from Seoul, Korea. I moved to Rhode Island, New York for college and finally settled down in California. During these migrations, my architectural thinking and aspirations have developed in diverse ways. My desire is to design spaces that respond to the context, enhance the surrounding, as well as improving quality of life. Content corresponds to the conditions of context, the existing building, as interventions that reveal the potential of the space in hosting new experiences. I believe that good design comes from the ability to anticipate occupant’s needs and satisfaction. Analyzing the needs and storytelling in design process are significant to develop the concept and influence to occupant. Outside of architecture, I love working with my hands on model making and sketching. I also enjoy outdoor sports and activities when the time and weather allow.