Wojciech Maciejewski

Architect, musician and VR enthusiast

My name is Wojciech Maciejewski. I graduated from Poznan University of Technology where I scored a Master's degree in the field of architecture and urban planning and obtained postgraduate diploma in architectural lighting.

I work as an architect since graduation. I have started as a draftsman and over the years my responsibilities have grown. Since the beginning of 2017 I work without direct supervision and I run projects on my own, handling all aspects of architectural projects. In December 2017 I passed the last exam and acquired full architectural licence.

I am also a PhD candidate at Cracow University of Technology. I am a holder of an research grant administered by the university. My research aims to quantify the relation between parameters of public lighting of perceived personal safety. In my experiments I use virtual reality to create an environment that allows controlling the lighting parameters and grants independence from the other factors.

I am also trying my hand at entrepreneurship. I have started my business activity in 2014 with my own graphic design studio. At present my studio remains closed due to large amount of architectural work.

In the meantime, I play jazz and classical music on my violin.

Architectural Experience

Matyja & Ritter: Architecture and Building Engineering
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2013 – Present || Poznan, Poland

Since graduation I work in a Polish architecture and construction studio Matyja & Ritter. I have started as a drafter, but with time my responsibilities have grown. Right now I work as an independent designer, handling all aspects of architectural projects.

Up to this point I was involved in several projects including:
– expansion of cultural center in Oborniki - cinema, amphitheatre and renovation of existing hall (approx. 2.200 sq m)
– student housing 'Umultowska in Poznań (GIA 8.900 sq m)
– student housing 'Flamenco' in Poznań (GIA 10.600 sq m)
– storage building and offices in Kobylnica (GIA 2.300 sq m)
– modernization of the 'Polonez' hotel in Poznan (GIA 23.000 sq m) – originally built in 1974
– transport base and waste sorting plant in Poznan (GIA 1.100 sq m)
– conceptual design and project development
– preparing complete architectural documentation for acquiring building permit: plans, sections, elevations, visualizations
– preparing cost estimation and detailed drawings for construction site
– building assessment
– site supervision


ZERO Architetti
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Junior Architect

ZERO Architetti

July 2012 – September 2012 (3 months) || Catania, Italy

In summer 2012 I worked in Italian architecture studio ZERO Architetti in Catania. I was involved in the design of multiple housing projects. It was a great experience which affected my further professional development.

Casa G: residential villa in Catania
– Villa Abela: multi-storey residential building in Siracusa
Villa F: detached house in Linguaglossa
– Mareneve: four star hotel in Linguaglossa
Il Cantiniere: interiors of wine bar in Catania
Video for Venice Architecture Biennale 2012: 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
– graphic design: interior and exterior renderings, 3D modelling, graphic materials for clients
Roberto Forte
founding partner at Zero Architetti, now: owner at Forte Architetti
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. (visit source)

Andrea Guardo
founding partner at Zero Architetti, now: partner at DUO Commercial Design
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. (visit source)


Aren Architects
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Architectural Intern

Summer 2009, 2010 & 2011 (9 months) || Poznan, Poland

During summer vacations in 2009, 2010 and 2011, I was working as an architectural intern in Polish architecture studio located in Poznan. Along with my professional development the scope of my duties was gradually increasing. My responsibilities included office administration, site analysis, conceptual designs (2D, 3D), project documentation, fire protection and work safety agreements.

Related courses

I am always eager to learn. I continue to broaden my knowledge and skill set through various courses and workshops.

April 2016

You can find more information about Philips Lighting LED Certification Program .

March 2016

You can find more information about Philips Lighting LED Certification Program .

Photovoltaic Material and Devices Department, Delft University of Technology (via )
October 2015

The course explained the technology that converts solar energy into electricity, heat and solar fuels with a main focus on electricity generation. Photovoltaic (PV) devices are presented as advanced semiconductor devices that deliver electricity directly from sunlight. The emphasis is on understanding the working principle of a solar cell, fabrication of solar cells, PV module construction and the design of a PV system. The course demonstrated the advantages, limitations and challenges of different solar cell technologies, such as crystalline silicon solar cell technology, thin film solar cell technologies and the latest novel solar cell concepts as studied on lab-scale. The course was developed by Photovoltaic Material and Devices Department, Delft University of Technology.

January 2015

The training program based on the latest version of Archicad covered the topics of ecological marketing, sustainability and architectural design with particular focus on the visualization using Cinema 4D rendering engine (creating procedural textures, advanced lighting techniques with the use of IES lighting and global illumination). The course was organized by the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development.

WSB University in Poznan & Passive House Academy
December 2014

The course covered following topics: introduction to the passive house and zero energy standards (philosophy, design principles, legal regulations), utilization of solar energy in both passive and active way (solar panels, photovoltaic), adaptation of existing buildings to EnerPHit standard, the role of energy-efficient buildings in the world's energy crisis.

February 2013

The course concerned lighting technology basics, types of light sources and luminaries. It also presented methods and tools (e.i. Relux Professional) for creating successful lighting design and cooperation with industry.

Entrepreneurial Experience

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Krakow Business Starter

Business incubator

May 2016 - December 2016 || Cracow, Poland

Krakow Business Starter, organized by UBS together with AIP (biggest network of startup incubators), was a competition that aimed to promote entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs in Poland. From June 2016 to August 2016 I took part in a series of mandatory seminars and workshops. My project was selected to the third and last stage of this competition, where 10 best ideas were incubated for six months. My project has not been awarded in the final gala, but the competition was a great entrepreneurial experience.

EU-XCEL Eruopean Virtual Accelerator


European Virtual Accelerator

April 2016 - September 2016 || Athens, Greece

EU-XCEL is a Horizon 2020 and Startup Europe initiative which supports aspiring young tech entrepreneurs interested in co-founding new international information, communication and technology (ICT) startups through a new startup scrum training and mentored virtual accelerator initiative. I took part in Startup Scrum in Athens at the end of May 2016. Me and my international team of four (Ireland, Israel, Netherlands, Poland) spent next 12 weeks on developing our business idea. Unfortunately it didn't get to the finals.



Owner || April 2014 - April 2016 || Zakopane, Poland

In April 2014 I have received an entrepreneurial grant from European Social Fund and started my own business activity. I worked as a graphic freelancer. At present my studio remains closed due to large amount of architectural work.



Blachuta Ski
Blachuta Ski

Blachuta Ski

Ski and snowboard school

Co-Founder, Financial Manager || January 2014 - March 2016 || Zakopane, Poland

Together with my best friend I have started a ski and snowboard school on the slopes of Gubałówka in Zakopane. This way skiing, which is one of my favorite hobbies, turned into a fulfilling seasonal job. Spending time on a ski slope was a perfect break from an office desk and a great way for meeting new people from various domains. I hope that one day I'll be back on the slope as an instructor.

Blachuta Ski


Guest House

Guest Relations Manager || 2013 - Present || Zakopane, Poland

Maciejówka is a small family guesthouse where you can find peace and break from everyday rush. We offer four rooms for 2-4 people with bathrooms and a wonderful view of the Tatra mountains. Our guests simply forget about stress of everyday life and absorb positive energy from the Tatra's nature. In Maciejówka I'm responsible of guest relations including booking and social media.

Related courses

The University of Adelaide (via )
April 2016

Berklee College of Music (via )
March 2016

(via )
November 2015 – March 2016

The Inclusive Leadership Training consisted of three courses:
– Get Beyond Work-Life Balance,
– Becoming a Successful Leader,
– Maximizing Work-Life for Your Success

The course provided set of skills to go beyond balance and better manage work-life priorities as individuals and leaders. Men and women all over the world are trying to figure out the impossible work-life “balance” and instead achieve success in all parts of their lives. Catalyst experts presented the importance of inclusive leadership in creating flexible—and productive—work environments. Through research and real-world examples from a variety of situations, they showed strategies for managing workplace flexibility, and how to have the power as an individual, a team member, or a leader to make positive change. They revealed the value of a flexible work environment and explained what sets successful flexible workers and managers apart.

Curtin University (via )
December 2015

The course explored how to increase brand engagement through the creation and distribution of content using an owned digital channel approach. Digital technology has rapidly evolved in the last decade, and so too has the way people communicate. Businesses can no longer rely solely on traditional business models to build brand awareness. In today’s interconnected, hyperaware world, brand awareness and brand engagement are synonymous. We are in the age of digital brand engagement, where brands need to participate in, and inspire, a two-way conversation with their consumers. This course was mainly focused on this shift and how it has altered the way brands communicate with their audiences. It presented the challenges of managing a digital brand and showed how rich and compelling content, combined with digital distribution, are integral to brand engagement.

December 2015

HTML5 is the standard language of the Web, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, also known as W3C. HTML5 is and will continue to be the essential technology for organizations delivering applications across multiple platforms. As such, HTML5 is now supported on mobile phones, connected objects, game consoles, automobile dashboards, and devices that haven’t even been considered yet. The course presented all the new features that were introduced with HTML5 to help create great Web sites and applications, in a simplified but powerful way. HTML5 provides native support for video and audio without plug-ins, provides support for offline applications and for games with smooth interactive animations, and much more. HTML5 represents the set of features that entrepreneurs and organizations will rely on for years to come.

September 2015

The course covered the following topics: market assessment and analysis of financial statements, evaluation of the product portfolio and management concepts. The course was organized by Foundation for Polish Science.

Maryland Technology Enterprise Institute, University of Maryland (via )
November 2013

The course explored how to identify and evaluate opportunities based on real customer needs, develop solid business models, and create successful companies. The goal of this course was to demystify the startup process, and to help build the skills to identify and act on innovative opportunities now, and in the future. The course assisted aspiring entrepreneurs in developing great ideas into great companies. With strong economies presenting rich opportunities for new venture creation, and challenging economic times presenting the necessity for many to make their own job, the need to develop the skills to develop and act on innovative business opportunities is ever present.

December 2010

Higher Vocational School in Poznan
October 2008

Higher Vocational School in Poznan
October 2008

Research Experience and Education


Application of virtual reality technology in studies on the influence of artificial light distribution on perceived personal safety

Proceedings of 2rd Polish Scientific Conference Interdisciplinary Research in Architecture
Revised April 2017 | In press | (in English)

Using virtual reality in quantifying the relation between colour temperature of public lighting and perceived personal safety

Proceedings of
Original title: Zastosowanie technologii wirtualnej rzeczywistości w badaniach wpływu dystrybucji oświetlenia elektrycznego na postrzegane bezpieczeństwo
Revised February 2017 | In press | (in English)

From a physical barrier to the city’s integrator

Original title: Od fizycznej bariery do integratora miasta
Revised July 2017 | Published August 2017 | (in Polish)

Economic, ecological and social aspects in the design of artificial lighting for public spaces

Journal: Current issues raised by young scientists
Original title: Aspekty ekonomiczne, ekologiczne i społeczne w projektowaniu oświetlenia elektrycznego dla przestrzeni publicznych
Revised January 2016 | Published May 2016 | (in Polish)

Legibility and creation of public spaces with artificial lighting

Journal: Current issues raised by young scientists
Revised January 2016 | Published May 2016 | (in Polish)

Creating lighting development plan for urban areas

Proceedings of 9th Conference on the Influence of Young Scientists on the Achievements of Polish Science
Original title: Tworzenie planu zagospodarowania oświetleniowego dla terenów miejskich
Accepted November 2015 | Published December 2015 | (in Polish)
DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.1.4235.3046

Cracow University of Technology
Cracow University of Technology

Cracow University of Technology (CUT)

Faculty of Architecture || Institute of Building Design

Lead Researcher || May 2016 – Present

I am a holder of an independent grant administered by a university and the lead researcher for the grant project. My project aims to find and quantify the relation between artificial lighting of public spaces and the users' sense of security. To create uninfluenced test environment I primarily use the virtual reality technology. As the principal investigator I take direct responsibility for completion of the project, directing the research and reporting directly to the funding agency.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) || 2014 – Present

I am a PhD candidate. My dissertation topic is focused on the artificial lighting of the public spaces in cities. Supervisor: prof. Wacław Celadyn


Visiting researcher at University of Ljubljana
Funding: CEEPUS Mobility Grant | Slovenian Ministry of Education, Science and Sport
April – May 2015

I have been awarded with CEEPUS Mobility Grant for carrying out research at the Faculty of Civil and Geodetic Engineering, University of Ljubljana. The scholarship was financed by Slovenian Ministry of Education Science and Sport. The program was tended as an instrument to strengthen the cooperation between partners from different central European countries in the subject of urban planning and three different structures of an urban space: physical, social and functional. The main goal of this network is to establish an interface between those spheres and strategical documents (i.e. Territorial Agenda of the European Union, Leipzig Charter) to contribute to the territorial cohesion. Therefore the main targets were focused on the topics of integrated urban development, strategies for upgrading the physical environment in deprived urban areas, strengthening the local economy and local labour market policy in deprived urban areas, proactive education and training policies on children and young people in deprived urban areas, sustainable urban transport.

Visiting researcher at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien)
Funding: CEEPUS Mobility Grant | Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics (BMWFW)
March 2015

I have received a CEEPUS Mobility Grant for carrying out research at the Department of Spatial Development, Infrastructure & Environmental Planning, Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). The grant was financed by the Austrian Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economics (BMWFW). Along with carrying out research for my PhD thesis under supervision of Ass. Prof. Dr. Thomas Dillinger I was taking a course Infrastructure planning and management focused on specific challenges of urban and regional planning in Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Poland. Aim of the course was to get better knowledge of the different planning systems in the above mentioned countries.

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)
University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences

University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU)

Institute of Structural Engineering

Sustainability Studies || Summer 2015

I participated in sustainability studies program Green.Building.Solutions. GBS consists of first hand ecological knowledge and engineering expertise from six Austrian Universities and Institutes bundled in a three-week program in the capital of energy efficient building: Vienna. My participation in Green.Building.Solutions was financed by program's partner companies and organisations.

Sustainability in building and urban planning: Sustainable development, socioeconomic and regional aspects of sustainable design, sustainability as a key factor for the real estate market, spatial planning concepts in the European context.
Principles of passive house planning: Sustainable architecture, IEAA-Tool, grey energy, light and massive construction, international building standards, daylight planning, passive houses in different climates, future perspectives of ecological architectural concepts.
Renewable energies and business concepts: Building technologies and automatisation, HVAC, energy and thermal efficiency, control mechanisms, dynamic thermal simulations in the planning process, innovative cooling strategies, photovoltaic, eco-balance.

Poznan University of Technology
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Poznan University of Technology (PUT)

Faculty of Architecture

Poznan University of Technology is known as one of the best technical universities in Poland. URAP ranked it in top 4% of technical universities in the world consistently in 2010–2015 rankings. PUT is my Alma Mater where I scored my Bachelor's and Master's degrees and finished a postgraduate study.


The graduate M.Sc. course comprised 3 semesters (1,5 years) with the total of 870 teaching hours. The programme complemented the B.Sc. 7 semester studies within a scope of M.Sc. studies. As the graduate I am prepared for independent design and planning activity work in local and central administration concerning architecture, town-planning and management of urban areas and can apply for the admission to the Polish Association of Architects. The course lectures and examinations were conducted in English.

Degree awarded: M.Sc. Engineer in Architecture
Dissertation title: The Philharmonic Auditorium in the Center of Poznan
Final grade: very good with distinction (A+)
Supervisor: Stanislaw Sipinski
Language of lectures/examination: English

The aim of my study was to develop a complete set of design guidelines for a concert hall venue which would be an appropriate seat for Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra and provide adequate volume and acoustic parameters for organising concerts of both classical and contemporary music. Size of the building and seat capacity of the auditorium were based on the analysis of the necessary functions and orchestra's repertoire and then correlated with capabilities of the chosen plot. Subsequently, the auditorium was optimized acoustically with utilization of state-of-the-art solutions. Finally, the analysis of urban and historic environment was prepared which allowed to adjust the project to the context of the city.

The postgraduate study programme in the field of Lighting Techniques in Architecture at Faculty of Architecture, Poznan University of Technology comprised 2 semesters with the total of 232 teaching hours.

Dissertation title: The Illumination Masterplan for Pakosc
Final grade: very good with distinction (A+)
Language of lectures/examination: Polish

The aim of my study was to develop analytic and design methods for creating a comprehensive lighting plan focused on reducing energy consumption and improvement of city's night image and safety. For the purpose of this work, an exemplary town of Pakosc (Poland) was selected and analysed in a various levels of detail. Currently, some of developed guidelines are being implemented in the city's spatial development plan.

The first cycle full-time study programme in the field of Architecture and Urban Planning at Faculty of Architecture, Poznan University of Technology comprised 7 semesters (3,5 years) with the total of 2542,5 teaching hours. The programme included 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)
Supervisor: Borys Siewczynski Language of lectures/examination: Polish

During B.Sc. course I have been awarded with 12-month LLP Erasmus Student Exchange Scholarship at Polytechnic University of Milan. This exchange had tremendous impact on my professional and personal development.

LLP ERASMUS Student Work Placement Scholarship
Internship in Italian architecture studio Zero Architetti in Catania.

Rector's Motivational Scholarship for the best students
2012 – 2013
Awarded on 1st and 2nd year of Master of Architecture program.

LLP ERASMUS Student Exchange Scholarship
2010 – 2011
Student Exchange at Polytechnic University of Milan, Campus Mantova.

State Scholarship for academic performance
2009 – 2012
Awarded on 2nd, 3rd and 4th year of Bachelor of Architecture program.

Related courses

The University of Queensland (via )
March 2016

Jean-Luc Lebrun (via )
December 2015

The focus of the course was on self- and reader-assisted assessment of the scientific journal article. By revealing and addressing the physiological causes that create substantial reading difficulties, namely limited reader memory, attention span, and patience, the course guaranteed that writing will gain the much coveted reader-centered quality. Using the key parts of typical scientific papers, it showed through numerous examples, how to achieve the essential qualities required in scientific writing, namely being clear, concise, convincing, fluid, interesting, and organized.

Vitae Careers Research and Advisory Centre Limited (via )
October 2015

The course explained the topic of public engagement and answered the following questions: why engage the public with conducted research and how to design a public engagement activity. The course explored public engagement and science communication through case studies, group work, personal reflection and action planning. The program covered: practical skills in planning and conducting public engagement activities, understanding who different public are and why they are important, practical skills in recognizing and adapting to the needs of different audiences, raising awareness of public engagement, ethical and social implications of public engagement, including the non-scientific public during the planning phase of research projects, raising awareness of benefits of public engagement, personal and professional development in public engagement. The course was organized by Foundation for Polish Science in cooperation with Vitae Careers Research and Advisory Centre Limited.

Vienna University of Technology
March 2015

The course covered specific challenges of urban and regional planning in Albania, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Serbia, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Poland. Aim of the course was to get better knowledge of the different planning systems in the above mentioned countries. The course was organized by the Department of Spatial Development, Infrastructure & Environmental Planning, Vienna University of Technology,

Cracow University of Technology
November 2014

The aim of this workshop was to redefine the basic concepts of the urban composition theory and development of a design proposal for of the functional and compositional barriers of the city of Cracow (Poland). Vistula River, as the axis of the city's green areas, is one of the most distinctive public spaces and inseparable part of the city. Unfortunately, it is neglected, underdeveloped and unattractive for both locals and tourists.

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