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Maciej Siuda, Marcin Wicha

15 of June '20

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

The first meeting
Maciej SIUDA and Marcin WICHA - "Around design in the new world"
was held on June 23
videos are available on

The next meeting is next Tuesday -
Jerzy Szczepanik Dzikowski and Maciej Miłobędzki
- "A rational approach in very irrational times"

June 30 at 18:00

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

around the problems of today's world

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 streamed live on YouTube and on Facebook with the 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:

First meeting - June 23 (Tuesday), 6 pm

Maciej Siuda and Marcin Wicha - "Around design in the new world".

Meeting two - June 30 (Tuesday), 6 pm

Jerzy Szczepanik Dzikowski and Maciej Miłobędzki - "A rational approach in very irrational times".

Partnerzy spotkania pt. „Wokół projektowania w nowym świecie”

First meeting
"Around design in the new world"

Maciej Siuda and Marcin Wicha

June 23 (Tuesday), 6 pm

The meeting will be about design that involves connecting architecture with the ecosystem, presenting multifaceted thinking and a sensitive sense of place and context. The architect will talk about working with function, which is a guiding theme in the architecture his studio designs, and which overlaps with the building while creating a new aesthetic - one that is not very iconic and comes from a deep attentiveness to what exists around.

Online video report on YouTube

Video report on Facebook:

Maciej SiudaMaciej Siuda - architect, graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at Wroclaw University of Technology, scholarship holder at Universidad Politècnica de València, his diploma XYZ STRUCTURE was presented at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, among others, finalist in the international competition Archiprix at MIT in Boston or the Present competition in Romania. From 2008 to 2011, he was an architect in such design offices as Sou Fujimoto (Tokyo) and Grupo Aranea (Alicante). Since 2012, he has been running his own design business. Among other awards, he won the 2016 Grand Prix of the City of Warsaw for the best architectural realization in 2015-2016, and the Taking Buildings Down grand prize of the New York Institute Storefront for Architecture for the exhibition "Rebuilding Dispute." For his design of a school in Haiti, he won the Holcim Awards Acknowledgement in Colombia "for his contribution to the discourse on sustainability and being ahead of contemporary standards of design thinking." He has completed projects in Spain, Italy, the United States, Indonesia, Poland and Haiti. Lecturer at the School of Form.

Marcin WichaMarcin Wicha - Polish graphic designer, essayist and author of books. Winner of the 2017 Polityka Passport in the category: literature and nominated for the 2018 Gdynia Literary Award in the category: essay for his book "Rzeczy, których nie wyrzuciłem". For the same book in 2018, he won the NIKE Literary Award and the Witold Gombrowicz Literary Award. As a graphic designer, he designs book covers, magazines, posters and graphic signs. He was the author of drawing commentaries in Tygodnik Powszechny. He is co-owner of the design firm Frycz and Wicha. He has published in Autoportret, Literatura na Świecie and Tygodnik Powszechny, among others. He collaborates with Gazeta Wyborcza and the monthly magazine Charaktery, and is the author of the books: "How I Stopped Loving Design" and "Things I Didn't Throw Away," published by Karakter Publishing House

Second meeting
"A rational approach in very irrational times".

Jerzy Szczepanik Dzikowski and Maciej Miłobędzki of JEMS Architekci studio

June 30 (Tuesday), 6 pm

What does it mean to design in the New World? Does it really exist? Will the pandemic change anything? What tools and arguments do we need to reverse climate change processes? What would the architectural world's response to the era of the climate crisis look like? The meeting will present the perspective of architects from one of Poland's most important studios.

Jerzy Szczepanik-Dzikowski and Maciej Miłobędzki of JEMS Architekci - the studio was founded in 1988, but the architectural team that is the nucleus of the office has been in continuous operation 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 at the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology. Winner of the Honorary Award of SARP (2002).

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