"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, Łukasz Koziana of the Cracow-based Iliard studio talked about what books he likes to read the most, his most inspiring city and what business is for him.
Łukasz Koziana - a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Cracow University of Technology. He has worked in such offices as DDJM, KKD Architects, BP Projekt, AZ Projekt, Karpla, GD&K Consulting, among others. Since 2009, together with Wojciech Witek, he has been creating Iliard Architecture & Interior Design office.
1. architecture in three words...?
2. the three most important buildings for you...?
a. Sagrada Familia.
b. Lyon train station.
c. ...And the always-favorite Warsaw Cedet, or Central Department Store.
3. the most important book on architecture...?
Any in which the prices of realization are given. I really enjoy reading about the mechanisms of erection, technology and logistics.
4. The most inspiring city and why...?
Krakow. This is where I spend the most time and find the most. I have a photographic pommie and a feeling of building a 3D model in my imagination. I like to see cities on a daily basis. I felt a revolution in the quality of public space in Barcelona - a beautiful little center of the world.
5. architect with whom you would like to design something and why...?
Definitely with Santiago Calatrava - because of his amazing senses. He is a complete architect, engineer and artist.
6. hand-drawing or computer drawing?
For me, hand-drawn. For modern designs, both.
7. mockup or 3D model?
3D model. A mock-up I haven't seen in years.
8. modernism or postmodernism?
Definitely form follows function... modernism. But symbolism in architecture - I guess on the basis of my internal contradictions - I like it a lot and look for it often. Such a combination allows me to think warmly about contemporary postmodernism. Maybe... I don't like revolutions.
9. work after hours or sports?
Family! I feel fantastic, being able to spend time with my wife and children... often sailing on various waters.
10 - Architecture or business?
I've never understood architecture any other way than inseparably with business. But I understand business as maximizing the utility of objects. They are supposed to perform well in everyday life. If this is the case, they will certainly earn for themselves.