Maria Smigielska (PL/CH)

Maria Smigielska is an architect and researcher educated in Switzerland (ETH Zurich) and Poland (TU Poznan), based in Zurich. She is currently working at Digital Building Technologies, ETH. Her interest lies in the enhancement of potentials for digital and physical creation of architectural elements, design objects and mixed media installations, by using digital and interactive technologies for encoding and modulating materials properties, custom fabrication, and design strategies. She gained professional architectural experience in Poznan, Warsaw, and Zurich, where she joined Baier Bischofberger Architects in 2014 to implement computational design methods for arts-related architectural façade projects. Since 2016 she has been involved in research and teaching at multiple institutions, including Digital Knowledge Department at ENSA Paris-Malaquais, Creative Robotics at University of Arts Linz (AT), Interaction Design at Zurich University of the Arts (CH), and Basel Academy of Art and Design FHNW (CH). She has been exhibiting internationally since 2013, with recent appearances at Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017, Meta.Morf Trondheim International biennale for art and technology 2020 and ZKM Karlsruhe 2021 to name a few, as well as in multiple shows in Switzerland.