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"The Human Dimension of Architecture. 10 questions for Dorota Jarodzka-Srodka

09 of September '21

"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, Dorota Jarodzka-Srodka of SRDK Architekci Studio Srodka talks about the most inspiring cities, the most interesting books and the most important buildings for herself.

Dorota Jarodzka-Srodka - a graduate of Wroclaw University of Technology, she designs with people and for people. For her, architecture is a responsibility and the art of processing and enriching cultural and natural landscapes. She believes that only the architect's active influence on the cycle of investment realization allows to maintain continuity of thinking in the creative process. She combines architecture with social, business and artistic activities and has been awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of Rebirth of Poland. Together with Kazimierz Srodka, she runs a studio - SRDK Architekci Studio Srodka.

1. architecture in three words...?

a. Human
b. dimension
c. Architecture.

2. the three most important buildings for you...?

a. Zamoyski Palace in Warsaw (Foksal 2) - the headquarters of SARP, and at one time IGPA - the Economic Chamber of Architectural Design, which brought together the first architectural firms established in free Poland, including ours.

b. The Distillery Historic District in Toronto - revitalization that builds the identity of the place, close to my beliefs about restoring historic post-industrial complexes combined with the idea of diversity of functions offered in one place (so-called mixed-use).

c. Milwaukee Art Museum by Santiago Calatrava - combining the beauty of a lakeside location in a city park, Calatrava's typical organic bright architecture against the clear blue of the lake water and sky, with the engineering mastery of moving, wind-sensitive wing mechanisms.

3. most important book on architecture...?

The Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary World Architecture - impressive, great album.
Neufert "Handbook of architectural and construction design". - indispensable guide in all situations.
And if we were to think of an architect - I was impressed by the autobiography of Louis Sullivan, known as the "father of modernism". Passion, uncompromising, faithfulness to ideals and confidence in the rightness of the chosen path - it knocks you down and gives you a lot to think about. It is not worth giving up!

4. most inspiring city and why...?

I am a city animal. At one time I was fascinated by Paris, Toronto and New York - an amazing contact of European and American culture and architecture. Later Shanghai and Sydney, and now Copenhagen, Hamburg and Berlin. And always Wroclaw - when I lived near Wroclaw, I would come to the city to walk the sidewalks.

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

I have been fortunate to design with several architects who have been important to me - important not only professionally, but also emotionally. Do I now have that one dreamer(s) that I would like to design something with? I have a great time designing with architects from SRDK - it's a close-knit, creative and understanding team.

6. hand-drawing or computer drawing?

Definitely hand-drawn to outline ideas.

7. Mock-up or 3D model?

More often 3D, so the mock-up is more festive - display, related to exhibitions.

8. modernism or postmodernism?

I wouldn't limit myself with so many trends in architecture to such a choice, although modernism is still close to me in its simplicity.

9. work after hours or sports?

Rather, work and sports in the 24-hour version.

10. architecture or business?

It turned out that both are possible.

The vote has already been cast