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Architecture as business. 10 questions for Szymon Wojciechowski

12 of November '20

"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, Szymon Wojciechowski of APA Wojciechowski Architects answered our ten questions.

Szymon Wojciechowski - an architect with over thirty years of experience, a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology and the University of Detroit (USA), since 1982 he has been associated with the APA Wojciechowski studio, where he serves as Chairman of the Board. Author or co-author of many well-known architectural projects, including: White Square Office Center and White Gardens Office Center in Moscow, Elektrownia Powiśle, Skyliner, Business Garden Wrocław and Centrum Południe in Wrocław. He has won many awards, including the 1st place in the Forbes' Professionals 2012 competition in the Public Trust - Mazovia - Architect category or the Architect of the year - Business Center Class A - Commercial Real Estate Moscow Awards 2010.

1. architecture in three words...?

Creating space for living.

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

a. Ours - just being drawn, of course.
b. Old - probably Borromini's San Carlo alle Quattro Fontane.
c. New - Chipperfield's Neues Museum in Berlin.

3. the most important book on architecture...?

Mischievously, I always write that Technical Conditions. Evidently the most influential book on architecture.

4. most inspiring city and why...?

Berlin. It's a story about how to fill an imperial, heavy and torn heritage with life.

5. Architect you'd like to design something with and why...?

David Chipperfield. A master of context, diverse, never over-the-top in architecture, never over-exposing his own ego.

6. hand drawing or computer drawing?

If I had to choose, however, computerized.

7. mockup or 3D model?

3D model. As well as computer drawing in the previous question - gives more options.

8. modernism or postmodernism?

Modernism, but also postmodernism. All.... probably the most good, Roman Baroque.

9. working after hours or sports?

Sports. Or anything unrelated to architecture.

10. architecture or business?

For me, the head of a major architecture firm - architecture as a business.

On November 19, Szymon Wojciechowski will show us around the studio of APA Wojciechowski Architects as part of the FOPA festival. You are welcome!

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