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Passion, idea, consistency. Architecture in three words according to Jakub Cieslik

21 of May '20

"10 Questions to..." is a series of short interviews with architects and female architects, to whom we address the same pool of questions. In today's installment of the mini-interview, Jakub Cieślik of the VERSO Group answers our questions.

Jakub Cieślik - a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Cracow University of Technology. From the first year of his studies he taught an architectural drawing course. After returning to his hometown, he opened the VERSO school of architectural and artistic drawing in 2004. Since 2005, he was involved in the work of the Częstochowa branch of SARP, organizing regular exhibitions and workshops under the banner of "Young in Architecture." Gaining experience in various design studios, seven years after graduation, he opened the architectural studio GRUPA VERSO in 2011, which he has been running together with Kamil Cierpiol since 2013. In 2020, he was the winner of the prestigious Europe 40 Under 40® architecture competition, an award given to the best up-and-coming European designers under the age of forty.

1. architecture in three words...?

a. Passion.
b. Idea.
c. Consistency.

2. The three most important buildings for you are...?

a. The Church of Light in Ibaraki designed by Tadao Ando.
b. The Jean-MarieTjibaou Kanak Cultural Center in New Caledonia designed by Renzo Piano.
c. Catholic Church in Takatori designed by Shigeru Ban.

3. the most important book on architecture...?

"Thinking with architecture" by Peter Zumthor.

4. most inspiring city and why...?

San Francisco, because the climate there, the natural terrain and light create a natural base for designing uncommon projects.

5. architect with whom you would like to design something and why...?

Tadao Ando, because he is the creator of perfect minimalism and the use of natural light.

6. hand-drawing or computer drawing?


7. mockup or 3D model?

Both the mockup and the model are important. Although the mock-up in the first place.

8. modernism or postmodernism?


9. Work after hours or sports?

Work after hours.

10. architecture or business?

Architecture in the first place. Business is resultant.

If you have suggestions for questions you'd like us to ask or people of architects whose answers to these questions you'd like to know - let us know in the comments.

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