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JEMS Architects - Jerzy Szczepanik-Dzikowski, Maciej Miłobędzki

24 of June '20

Partnerzy spotkania pt. „Wokół projektowania w nowym świecie”

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What does it mean to design in the new world? Will a pandemic change anything? What tools and arguments do we need to reverse climate change processes? What would the architecture world's response to the era of climate crisis look like? The meeting presents the perspective of architects from one of Poland's most important studios, JEMS Architects.

Jerzy Szczepanik-Dzikowski and Maciej Miłobędzki of JEMS Architekci - the studio was founded in 1988, however, the architectural team that is the nucleus of the office has been operating continuously since the early 1980s. Starting independent practice during the period of political transformation, JEMS joined the current of rebuilding Polish architectural culture. Currently, the core of the team consists of eight partners and associates. Partnership cooperation implemented in the formula of an office - workshop, with the participation of the entire JEMS team, creates a space for conversation and exploration, exchange of ideas and views. JEMS is an office of open discussion and debate. This is our fundamental value. JEMS studio is the author of many significant buildings, including: Agora Headquarters, Pixel in Poznan, International Congress Center in Katowice, Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, Raczynski Library in Poznan, 19th District in Warsaw or many others.

Jerzy Szczepanik-DzikowskiJerzy Szczepanik-Dzikowski - architect, born in 1945 in Lublin. In 1972 he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology. In 1984-1987 president of the Warsaw branch of SARP. From 1984 to 1989, together with Olgierd Jagiełło, he ran an author's studio as part of the Cooperative of Creative Work of Architects and Artists ESPEA. Since 1988, co-founder and partner in JEMS Architekci. Secretary of the National Chamber of Architects from 2001 to 2005. Since 2010, promoter of diploma theses at the Faculty of Architecture of Lublin University of Technology. Winner of the Honorary Award of SARP (2002).

Maciej MiłobędzkiMaciej Miłobędzki - architect, born in 1959 in Warsaw. In 1985 he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology. From 1984 to 1988 he worked at the Cooperative of Creative Work of Architects and Visual Artists ESPEA. Since 1988 co-founder and partner in JEMS Architekci. Since 2004 promoter of diploma theses at the Faculty of Architecture, Poznan University of Technology. Since 2008 he has been teaching design classes at the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology. Winner of the Honorary Award of SARP (2002).

Justyna BoduchJustyna Boduch - architect, urban planner, interior designer, lover of art, music and design. She studied at the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning of the Silesian University of Technology. Twice a finalist in the "Seminar" competition at the International Architecture Biennale in Krakow (2015 and 2017). Co-organizer of the "SARP Masters of Architecture" series. As of 2019, member of the Board of Directors of SARP Katowice. Silesian correspondent for AiB - interviews foreign architects, writes reports, testimonials and articles on architecture and urban space. A humanist with a diploma in engineering. The most important subject of her interest is man as a social and creative being. Privately, she loves challenges, often raising the bar for herself. On a daily basis she is accompanied by optimism, readiness to learn new things, bicycle, yoga and a smile on her face. See: articles by Justyna Boduch in the Architecture & Business portal.

Online meetings in the series
"Architects for the 21st Century. Architecture of Tomorrow"

Continuation of the series of online meetings entitled: "Architects for the 21st century. Architecture of tomorrow" with prominent personalities of the Polish architectural scene.

About the cycle - around the problems of today's world

The climate crisis, the global economy driven by the idea of continuous growth plus recent events related to the forced lock down situation or remote working are forcing changes in the approach to design and architecture.

The era of old-architects designing iconic buildings that are expensive to construct and operate, which are landmarks of their cities, but also monuments to their authors, is coming to an end. However, energy inefficient buildings are still being constructed: they require heating in the winter and intensive cooling in the summer, and the materials used in them, such as glass, steel and concrete, contribute to increasedCO2 emissions into the atmosphere.

We live in a culture of constant growth pressure. Architecture, being part of this process, influences economic and social inequalities, increased consumerism and the greenhouse effect in our cities. Still, we continue to build more premium glass office buildings, luxury development estates with a fence and remote control gate, shopping centers on the outskirts of cities or in their centers causing an exodus of residents fromthese places, short-term rental apartments, we invest in parking lots, road infrastructure and everything that in theory is supposed to improve the quality of life in the city, but in practice reduces it. On top of that, we are cutting out greenery and parks for more developments instead of adapting existing buildings to change.

meeting issues

  1. Will lockdown change the approach to design?
  2. Are these changes likely to be sustainable?
  3. To what extent will it be architects who will be able to engage in building a new world and a new order and use the existing situation in such a way as to design responsibly, flexibly, in the spirit of circular economy and, above all, serving to improve the quality of life in the urban environment?

two meetings already in june

In June 2020, we have planned a series of two online meetings in which the architects we have invited will talk about their perspective on the current times, their projects and their ideas on what the architecture of tomorrow should look like. The meetings will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook with an opportunity to ask questions on the Facebook profile of our event. We encourage you to also ask questions before the meeting and send them to:

See also the first meeting - Maciej Siuda and Marcin Wicha - "Around design in the new world".

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The next meetings will be held after the vacations.

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