We’d like to take this opportunity to introduce you to the Green award winners of our “Mango Vinyl Hub” competition - Ewelina Bugajewicz, Bartosz Matuszek, Paulina Sawczuk and Karolina Wasilwewska from Poland!

Green award winners from Poland

We are a group of first year MA students that met for the first time at Bialystok University of Technology, in Poland. The main aim of creating a team was to spend time in a creative way and work together on conceptual thinking.

Generally speaking, we would like to work well on various scales, as well as on a wide range of topics. Precise architectural details, multifunctional plans, but also process urbanism – architecture is perceived as being interdisciplinary and we do not want to confine ourselves to one branch.

Each of us has been involved in different academic projects, for instance The Space of Art, Augustis Museum of Photography, The Infobox Building and The Chapel.

Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where company/ individuals have been involved?

Ewelina Bugajewicz

She is studying for her Master’s degree in Architecture at Bialystok Technical University. She is the chairman of the student research group called CAVE which is focused on 3d modelling, scanning and VR. Her main project was creating V.SPACE.R with friends. It was a VR game dedicated to applicants looking to studying at her university. They decided to bring up the subjects of particular faculties in very accessible way in VR technology. She took part in the Lublin Hospital Concept (Poland). Apart from that, she is trying her best to improve her skills in 3d modeling and visualisations.

Bartosz Matuszek

Born in Bialystok (Poland) in 1994. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from Bialystok Technical University. He is a member of the student research group "CAVE" which focused on 3d and VR technology. His main project was creating a game with Ewelina and other members for VR technology. He took part in the Guggenheim Helsinki Competition and Lublin Hospital Concept (Poland) with supervision from Meteor Architects. It gave him a lot of experience and knowledge. Now he is working and getting practical experience in a small architectural office in Bialystok.

Paulina Sawczuk

In January 2017, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Bialystok University of Technology. Paulina has been collaborating with a few architecture studios in Poland, as well as in Hannover, Germany. She gained experience as a participant in international workshops. Writing about landscape architecture and Postwar Modernism, has expanded her interests. In the frame of “Archi-Adventure”, Educational Project, she develops a sense of aesthetic in preschool children.

Karolina Wasilewska

Born in Bialystok (Poland) in 1994. In January 2017, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree from Bialystok University of Technology. During her studies, Karolina has been working in a construction office that specializes in engineering construction (such as bridges, viaducts, culverts). She is interested in sacral architecture especially Gothic and Baroque style. The subject of her engineering work is “Cemetery Chapel”. Besides studies, she is involved in volunteering work with young people, and also she had been involved in the preparations for World Youth Day in Krakow.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of architect in your society?

Steen Eiler Rasmussen in "Experiencing Architecture" said “Architecture doesn’t rely on usual connection of plans, sections and elevations. It’s something different and simultaneously more powerful. It’s hard to explain, what it is, because its boundaries are not clearly defined. [...] But only this type of art is functional. It solves practical problems, creates tools and instruments, which we are using.“ It should be the ultimate definition. For us architecture is looking for answers to questions like “how to make space comfortable, useful and attractive for recipients?”

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

The ability to confront ideas is really significant. Nowadays, we have an unique chance to compare our level to participants’. Architecture vision competitions are known for being a great motivation to start brainstorming and conceptual thinking.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions?

Architecture competition are perceived to develop creativity, strategy and team working. Each of these examples are important in professional work, therefore you have an exclusive prospect to get a new experience.

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