We’re proud to introduce you to the final five members of the AutoCAD 35 Under 35 young designers list. This month, get to know an acclaimed lighting designer, a CAD systems coordinator who tackles out-of-the-ordinary projects, a sustainability-focused designer, and two luxury tiny house developers with an HGTV pedigree. Meet them below.
The Seventh Five
Tyson Spiess, 30, co-founder and CEO of Tiny Heirloom, and star of HGTV’s Tiny Luxury (USA) & Kevin Root, 33, architectural designer at Tiny Heirloom (USA)
Even though tiny homes may be, well, tiny, there’s one thing Tyson Spiess doesn’t do small: design. First started six years ago, his company, Tiny Heirloom, designs and builds more than 40 luxury tiny homes per year from scratch and personalized to each individual client. Their impeccable work is also featured in the HGTV show Tiny Luxury where Tyson and his crew take you on a 30-minute journey into the world of ultimate tiny home design.
Last year, Tyson brought Kevin Root on board to help take sketches and bring them into AutoCAD for more robust drawings and visuals for construction and interior design. Kevin first started learning AutoCAD in high school and worked for a civil engineering firm for eight years before branching out as a freelancer, eventually landing at Tiny Heirloom. Tyson continues to grow the “tiny” business and the entire team pushes the boundaries of what space really means.
Sara Venediger, 23, spatial designer (New Zealand)
Sara’s focus in design is ecological sustainability, a passion born from the experience of growing up in the coastal city of Dunedin, New Zealand. She’s turned that into an award-winning creative style, having designed a universal modular system to address the problem of sea-level rise on coastal communities based on the principles of Design for Disassembly. Design is a lifelong passion for Sara, starting as a child with bedroom consultations using graph paper, to now, where she uses AutoCAD to turn hand-drawn concepts into immersive visualizations.