About the condition of the architectural profession


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About the condition of the architectural profession

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fot.: Iwan Baan © The Hyatt Foundation

Malgorzata TOMCZAK

On the condition of the architectural profession

We are living in a time of great transformations, reevaluation of old systems and paradigm shifts. We don't quite know yet how to design a new better world, we only know that the old one has fallen into ruin before our eyes. It crumbled like a house of cards. The pandemic reality has been compounded by Russia's aggression against our eastern neighbor, Ukraine, which obviously has a huge impact on the lives of the people living there, but also on the economic systems of the whole world, energy policy and the values we used to live by.

What - in such a context - is the economic, social, political, legal and psychological framework for the architectural profession in Poland? We asked architects this question to find out if and how the rules of practicing architecture in Poland are changing, and how this affects their condition. They often pointed to various pathologies, such as long working hours, low rates for projects, free concepts that spoil the habits of investors and the market as a whole, lack of predictability of the design and development process, uncertainty related to the liquidity of studios, bad local plans that prevent qualitative implementation of investments, pressure to squeeze PUM. These are just some of them. They are an everyday reality of architectural practice and need to be changed!

However, the work ethos is changing - with the passing of the old world order, we are saying goodbye to the demiurge architect, the great one-man creator of architectural icons and visionary of space. In its place, we are building an ethos of collaboration and sensibilities and concerns expressed in solidarity. The result of this shift is becoming inclusive and inclusive spaces, as Joanna Erbel points out in her text.

We tentatively look for hope in this.

On behalf of the Editor, Publisher and the entire A&B team
we would like to wish our Readers, Contributors, Neighbors, Friends and their Families

Table of contents


About the cooperation of architects and "green architects" [12].

The series #New trends in architecture
elaborated by: Ola KLOC

120 years of Polish architecture in cross-section [14]

The exhibition "Cross Sections. Gallery of Polish Architecture of the 20th and 21st Century" and a conversation with its curators

Celebration of architecture with business in the background [20]

4 Design Days in Katowice
Justyna BODUCH

Two-city Cieszyn [24]

Polish, Czech, common?

Archi Matrix #1 [34]

From the Technology series - Architecture and late balance and a conversation with Elizabeth Beardsley

About plans for the future [38]

A conversation with Rafal Kula of Noho Investment
interviewed by: Wiktor BOCHENEK

Survival architecture [44]

Interview with Natalia Romik
interviewed by: Anna WALEWSKA

Bloc City. Project of reurbanization of a housing estate [50]

Competition "Best Diploma ARCHITECTURE"

EL Gallery - Space Unleashed [52]

Competition "Best Diploma Interior Design"
Weronika MACH

newsboard [54-65]

books, patronages, invitations, company news

Reading the city with understanding [54]

Review and excerpt from Jan Gehl and Birgitte Svarre's book "How to study life in public space"

  • Wystawa Kengo Kuma. Eksperyment. Materiał. Architektura
  • Paryska Women Architects Award 2021
  • Mieszkaniowa działalność Habitat for Humanity Poland
  • Projektowanie parametryczne i przyszłość edukacji architektonicznej w Polsce
  • Wielomiasto - krakowskie pięciomiasto
  • Zdrowy Dom – konkurs studencki im. H. Skibniewskiej rozstrzygnięty!

e-publication supplement

At the interface of the city and the port. Revitalization of the Fishing Pier with adaptation of Gdynia's fish coolers [e02].

Competition "Best Diploma ARCHITECTURE"

New geography: Anthropocenter. Museum of unnatural history in Katowice [e06].

Competition "Best Diploma ARCHITECTURE"
Dobrochna LATA

Concept for the development of the power plant of the Karol Scheibler Cotton Products Joint-Stock Company for the purpose of creating urban enclosed gardens with the character of an orangery [e10]

Competition "Best Diploma in INTERIOR DESIGN"

Internal travel - a place to exchange dreams and travel experiences [e14]

Competition "Best Diploma of INTERIORITY"
Katarzyna KIJOWSKA

  • Centrum Zdrowia Psychicznego i Medytacji FOR REST – Kamila GOŁĄBEK
  • Dom Słowa Pisanego - Michał KARPETA
  • Historia muzyki – kontekst śląski. Projekt wystawy edukacyjno‑promocyjnej - Ewelina MAMET
  • Projekt strefy restauracyjnej w schronisku Murowaniec oraz jego otoczenia - Maria TALAGA

issue theme

moodboard [68]

#condition of the profession
#what is the economic, social, political, legal and psychological framework for the functioning of the architectural profession?

Architect/ura without depression [94]

With Agata Twardoch
is interviewed by Katarzyna JAGODZIÑSKA

Games of architectural quality - another round [102]

With Maciej Jakub Zawadzki
interviewed by Ania DIDUCH

Designing for the body and for the mind [108]

Joanna ERBEL

Attention, I'm quitting! [116]

With Magdalena Milert
interviewed by Katarzyna MIKULSKA

Ode to joy [122]

Oodi city library,
design: ALA Architects
Bartosz HADUCH, Michal HADUCH

Bear's hook in taste! [134]


What are we thinking [136]

Jakub GŁAZ

  • moodboard – odpowiedzialny inwestor
  • z Kubą Snopkiem rozmawia Alicja GZOWSKA
  • z Agatą Twardoch rozmawia Katarzyna JAGODZIŃSKA
  • z Joanną Erbel rozmawia Katarzyna MIKULSKA
  • z Szymonem Januszewskim i Piotrem Kasprowiczem rozmawia Ania DIDUCH
  • adaptacja mostu kolejowego w Siekierkach, proj.: MXL4
  • Jakub Szczęsny - felieton
  • Jakub Głaz - felieton

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