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Ewa Kurylowicz - briefly on the subject

28 of November '19

"10 Questions to..." is a series of short conversations with architects and female architects, to whom we address the same pool of questions. Are you curious about who your favorite architect would like to design something with? Or maybe find out what books or cities inspire her the most? Find the answers to these questions in our mini-interviews! In today's installment of the series - Ewa Kurylowicz.

Professor Ewa Kuryłowicz - a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology, currently head of the Department of Design and Theory of Architecture. Since 2011, general designer and vice president at the Author's Architecture Studio Kuryłowicz & Associates. Co-author, among others, of the award-winning building of the National Forum of Music in Wroclaw.

1. architecture in three words...?

a. Beauty not directly.
b. Utility of the open.
c. Durability of expression.

2. The three most important buildings to you...?

a. Tempietto, Church of San Pietro in Montorio, proj.: Donato Bramante.
b. Kunsthaus Bregenz, proj.: Peter Zumthor.
c. Custom house in Kazmierz Dolny, proj.: Kurylowicz & Associates.

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

"For an Architecture of Reality," by Michael Benedikt.

4. most inspiring city and why...?

Medellín, Colombia - a city that does not disturb itself and thrives in spite of everything. A city that accepts itself.

5. architect with whom you would like to design something and why...?

Dorte Mandrup, we think alike. It would be interesting together with her to solve a problem at a scale we both like and give it form.

6. hand drawing or computer drawing?


7. mockup or 3D model?


8. modernism or postmodernism?


9. Work after hours or sports?

Work, but sports too from time to time.

10. architecture or business?

Architecture & business.

Did you know that the design for the new headquarters of the Polish Antarctic Station named after Henryk Arctowski on King George Island in Antarctica, designed by Kurylowicz & Associates, was awarded a silver medal in the 2019 World Architecture News Awards? You can read more about it here.

Listen to Lukasz Harat's conversation with Ewa Kurylowicz in the series Awakenings:

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