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#Mlodzipolscyarchitekci - Karol Zurawski on the profession of architecture

28 of November '22

The text comes from A&B 7-8/22.

In our #YoungPolishArchitects series, we ask young architects questions about the conditions for practicing the profession and the problems facing architecture graduates right after graduation.

Permits - why are young architects reluctant to obtain them?

Many young architects do not need authorizations because their superiors sign off on projects. In addition, they feel that the rules for acquiring authorizations don't quite make sense, especially learning for the exam by heart the detailed provisions of the law, which is constantly changing. After just a short while, the knowledge gained may be outdated.

My observation is that many of the most active and talented designers I know, including those running their own studios, do not have these licenses at all and are doing very well for themselves.

Dom w Bolejnach, Bolejny

House in Bolejny, Bolejny

© Karol Żurawski design atelier

Conditions for practicing the profession for young people

This is a difficult profession. Very demanding, very responsible, and in Poland relatively very poorly paid. Many people after graduation, or even during their studies, realize that it is not worthwhile to go into it and change direction, re-brand themselves. Most of those who care about architecture, those with a passion, leave while still studying for countries where they will be able to realize themselves in more favorable circumstances.

Cmentarz Żołnierzy Wojska Polskiego na Westerplatte Gdańsk | proj. konkursowy (wyróżnienie)

Cemetery of Polish Army Soldiers in Westerplatte Gdansk | competition proj. (honorable mention)

© Karol Żurawski design atelier

An easier start in the profession, that is?

People need to understand that good architecture and space are values. More respect is needed for our work, including from ourselves. Salaries in architecture should become more realistic and increase. Otherwise talent will be drained.

Cmentarz Żołnierzy Wojska Polskiego na Westerplatte Gdańsk | proj. konkursowy (wyróżnienie)

Cemetery of Polish Army Soldiers in Westerplatte Gdansk | competition proj. (honorable mention)

© Karol Żurawski design atelier

Karol Żurawski

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