We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to one of our Honorable mention winners for our "Tili Wine Italy Guest Homes" competition – Patrycja Skawicka, Piotr Skorupiński, Weronika Wodras and Wiktoria Zalewska from Poland!

Honorable mention from Poland

We are students at the Poznan University of Technology. Our priority is to find the best answers to the architectural questions that arise in a new design task. We have completed several projects together throughout our study period.

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 the company/ individuals have been involved?

We have participated in many national and international competitions. Each of us works in the architectural industry in different sectors, from interior architecture to detailed design.

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

Our approach to the architecture is to respond to the needs of the users , the context of design is very important . Architecture for us means designing buildings , taking into account various contextual factors such as the surrounding environment, the purpose of the building and the cultural and historical background of the site . In terms of context, it is important for us to understand the social, cultural and environmental context in which we design. The local climate, topography and existing buildings are important to us, as well as the local culture, history. The use of natural materials is seen as an important aspect of sustainable architecture for us. We strive to use materials in the design that are renewable, biodegradable and have a low environmental impact.

Why do you participate in architecture competitions?

Architectural competitions are a great way to broaden your own horizons. In addition, it is a good way to exchange design philosophies with other students and professionals. We are constantly looking for new architectural challenges.

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

Participation in a competition, especially an international one, allows you to learn about the different points of view of other participants. An interesting challenge is to design in foreign regions of the world, which provokes learning about the culture and traditions of the region and country. Competitions are a good place to test one's own abilities.

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