Summary

Summary
Wojciech Maciejewski

Architect, musician and coffee addict.

My name is Wojciech Filip Maciejewski. I graduated with honors in the field of architecture and urban planning from Poznan University of Technology and was awarded the Master of Architecture (MArch) degree. At the same time I was broadening my knowledge trough architecture-related postgraduate programme concerning illumination design. During this course I have developed analytic and design methods for creating comprehensive lighting plan for a city, focused on reduction of energy use and improving city's night image.

I have started my professional career with an internship in Italian architecture studio ZERO Architetti in Catania. Besides involvement in the design of multiple housing projects, I had a chance to learn about photo-voltaic installations and how to implement them in architecture design. It was a great experience which affected my further professional development. Then, after I have obtained my master's degree, I was working for almost a year in Polish architecture and construction studio Matyja & Ritter. The most interesting responsibility was site supervision during modernization of a hotel from 1974, which has been constructed of pre-fabricated pre-stressed concrete panels popular in Soviet bloc. I also took part in development of thermal efficiency improvement project with the use of Passive House components. Unfortunately, this project was never implemented due to a lack of funds but working to achieve EnerPHit certification criteria was a great lesson for my architectural career, even if the project remained only on paper. Nevertheless, the hotel was successfully transformed into a student dormitory and academic centre. In April 2014 I have started my own business activity and I continue to work as a freelancer and subcontractor to architecture studios (ORSOstudio.pl).

Currently, I am pursuing a research career as a PhD candidate at Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology. The subject of my interest and dissertation is use of parametric modeling techniques in order to facilitate and accelerate the complex process of designing passive, zero-energy and energy-plus buildings. Although computer aided design software is developing very fast in recent years, the design process of finding the optimum building envelope through iterations of an initial idea, is still primarily based on trial and error method. The great number of factors and elements that must be taken into consideration in the design of energy efficient building, cause this traditional process to be inefficient and time-consuming. What is more, current modelling tools are not suitable for a quick energy evaluation of the project, thus complex calculations must be made from scratch with every change of the geometry. For these reasons the cost of change is rising exponentially throughout development of the project and after finishing a substantial design phase, architects are usually tempted to sacrifice their ideas in order to save time and money. The aim of my research is to develop a tool for supporting aforementioned process. I believe that the parametric modelling and form finding computation can be used in automating the iterative parts of the design process, reducing costs and effort and helping architects find better solutions. My research is also aspiring to be a step towards popularization of sustainable architecture in Poland by clarifying its guidelines and emphasize benefits. In my opinion, this topic has both scientific and practical potential, especially in view of new EU regulations on the energy performance and growing awareness of its impact on the natural environment.

I am an ambitious person with a broad spectrum of interests. Among them are primarily graphic design, music and art history. I have graduated from music school and I play violin for 15 years now. I am fluent in English and I have mastered Italian at advanced level.

Experience

ORSOstudio
ORSOstudio.pl

Freelancing architect and graphic designer

ORSOstudio  |  April 2014 - Present  |  >1 year  |  Zakopane, Poland

Since April 2014 I have been running my small architecture and graphic design studio, starting with interior projects and multiple branding commissions. Currently, the studio is gradually changing its character towards designing passive houses and solar energy projects.

 
– three single-family passive houses in Poznan
– multi-family building in Poznan
– chapel in Bukowina Tatrzanska
– city information center in Śrem
– interiors of Neuca pharmacy in Poznan
– interiors of in Puszczykowo
– building recording of 18th century brewery in Grodno (Belarus)
– revision of local spatial development plan in Zakopane
– branding for ski and snowboard school
– branding for guesthouse in Zakopane
– branding for restaurant Szalas pod Smrekami
– competition Libratone Live
– competition Rethinking Mallorca's Seafront
– competition Paris Market Lab
– competition CULBURB Ursus
– competition Rio World Cup Structure
2015 Ecological Marketing: An opportunity for your business
2015 Energy-efficient buildings: Zero-energy and Passive Housing
2014 Developing Innovative Ideas for New Companies
2014 E-Business Advertising
2014 Active Selling Marketing Course
Matyja & Ritter
Matyja & Ritter

Junior Architect

Matyja & Ritter  |  October 2013 – September 2014  |  1 year  |  Poznan, Poland

After I have obtained my master's degree I was working in Polish architecture and construction studio Matyja & Ritter. My main responsibility was site supervision during modernization of a hotel from 1974, which has been constructed of pre-fabricated pre-stressed concrete panels popular in Soviet bloc. I also took part in development of thermal efficiency improvement project with the use of Passive House components. Unfortunately, this project was never implemented due to a lack of funds but working to achieve EnerPHit certification criteria was a great lesson for my architectural career, even if the project remained only on paper. Nevertheless, the hotel was sucessfully transformed into a student dormitory and academic centre.

 
– Alkom: transport base and waste sorting plant in Poznań
– Polonez: student dormitory and academic centre in Poznań
– Hala CB: storage building in Suchy Las
– renovation of local cultural centre in Objezierze
– commercial pavilion in Słupca
– conceptual design and project development
– preparing complete documentation for acquiring building permit
– preparing cost estimation and detailed drawings for construction site
– building recording
– site supervision
Zero Architetti
ZERO Architetti

Junior Architect

Zero Architetti  |  July 2012 – September 2012  |  3 months  |  Catania, Italy

I have started my professional career with an internship in Italian architecture studio Zero Architetti in Catania. Besides involvement in the design of multiple housing projects, I had a chance to learn about photo-voltaic installations and how to implement them in architecture design. It was a great experience which affected my further professional development.

 
: residential villa in Catania
– Villa Abela: multi-storey residential building in Siracusa
: detached house in Linguaglossa
– Mareneve: four star hotel in Linguaglossa
: interiors of wine bar in Catania
: development of a video to represent studio at the 13th International Architecture Exhibition for the conference 'Young Italian Architects' held on 6th October 2012
– architectural design: development of building envelope and functional layouts, including use of photo-voltaic installations
– CAD drafting: construction details, drawings for acquiring building permit
– graphic design: interior and exterior renderings, 3D modelling, graphic materials for clients
Roberto Forte (previous: founding partner at Zero Architetti, now: owner at ):
Wojciech is a very motivated and result oriented architect. Working with him has been a great pleasure both for myself and for the entire team. His knowledge of architecture is definitely a plus. He gave an important contribution to fulfill the daily commitments and each job he has been involved in developed properly. I'm very grateful and it has been a pleasure to have Wojciech with us. ()

Andrea Guardo (previous: founding partner at Zero Architetti, now: partner at ):
Wojciech has demonstrated mature understanding of design issues and has always provided useful personal contribution to the activities of the office. He has always been professional and sociable with all the staff and has proved to be able to meet given deadlines. We wish Wojciech all the very best for the following steps of his academic and professional career. ()
Blachuta Ski
Blachuta Ski

Ski Instructor & Manager

Blachuta Ski  |  January 2014 - Present  |  >1 year  |  Zakopane, Poland

Together with my best friend, in January 2014 we have founded a small ski school in Zakopane (Poland). This way, one of my favorites hobbys turned into a fulfilling seasonal job. Spending time on a ski slope is a perfect way to have a break from the computer and meet some new interesting people.

At this point our start-up manages also a ski lift and equipment rental shop. We also have started to cooperate with local hotels and restaurants, aiming to create a small but self-sufficient ski resort.

Education

Cracow University of Technology
Cracow University of Technology

Cracow University of Technology | Cracow, Poland

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Architecture | October 2014 - Present

PhD candidate at Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology.
Dissertation topic: Use of parametric modelling techniques in order to facilitate and accelerate the complex process of designing passive, zero-energy and energy-plus buildings.
Supervisor: prof. Wacław Celadyn.

Architectural Conservation - Postgraduate Diploma | October 2012 - Present

The postgraduate study programme in the field of Architectural Conservation at Faculty of Architecture, Cracow University of Technology.
Dissertation title: Thermal Efficiency Improvement of Historic Buildings
Language of lectures/examination: Polish

Scholarships and grants

2015 | CEEPUS Mobility Grant research at University of Ljubljana
2015 | CEEPUS Mobility Grant research at Vienna University of Technology

Poznan University of Technology
Poznan University of Technology

Poznan University of Technology | Poznan, Poland

Illumination Design in Architecture - Postgraduate Diploma | 2012 – 2013

The postgraduate study programme in the field of Lighting Techniques in Architecture at Faculty of Architecture, Poznan University of Technology comprise 2 semesters with the total of 232 teaching hours.
During this course I have developed analytic and design methods for creating comprehensive lighting plan for a city, focused on reduction of energy use and improving city's night image.
Dissertation title: The Illumination Masterplan for Pakosc
The final grade: very good with distinction (A+)
Language of lectures/examination: Polish

Master of Architecture (MArch) | 2012 – 2013

The second cycle full-time study programme in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning at the Faculty of Architecture, Poznan University of Technology comprise 3 semesters (1,5 year) with the total of 870 teaching hours.
The degree awarded: M. Sc. Engineer in Architecture
Dissertation title: The Philharmonic Auditorium in the Center of Poznan
The final grade: very good with distinction (A+)
Language of lectures/examination: English

Bachelor of Architecture (BArch) | 2008 – 2012

The first cycle full-time study programme in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning at Faculty of Architecture, Poznan University of Technology comprise 7 semesters (3,5 year) with the total of 2542,5 teaching hours. The programme includes a pre-graduation practice at a design studio.
The degree awarded: B. Sc. Engineer in Architecture
Dissertation title: The Educational Restaurant in Paris
The final grade: very good (A)
Language of lectures/examination: Polish

Scholarships and grants

2012 | LLP ERASMUS Student Work Placement Scholarship - ZERO Architetti
2012 | Rector's Motivational Scholarship for the best students on 1st and 2nd year of Master of Architecture programme
2010 | LLP ERASMUS Student Exchange Scholarship at Polytechnic University of Milan
2009 | State Scholarship for academic performance on 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of Bachelor of Architecture programme

My Work

You can find my latest projects on Behance and ORSOstudio.

Contact

As a freelancer and subcontractor to architecture studios I am currently accepting new projects.
Please contact me at studio@wojciechmaciejewski.pl.