My name is Wojciech 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).
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.