Maria Smigielska is an architect, creative designer and independent researcher based in Zurich, Switzerland, oscilating between architecture, arts and technology.
Graduated from Architecture department at TU Poznan (Poland, 2009) and the postgraduate program at the chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design at ETH Zurich (Switzerland, 2013).
Balancing between research and the applied world, joined Baierbischofberger Architects, Zurich in 2014 to implement computational design methods and rationalize complex geometries, specially facades of art-oriented buildings, as well as assisted in various innovative academic project of smaller scale (Digital Grotesque, ETH).
Independently explores varied computational design and developes robotic processes for fabrication in order to simpify over constrained industrial systems in architectural production.
Continuously shares professional experience and knowledge by building collaborations (AREA Institute Paris, AAn1, The Object), organizing workshops ( ENSA Paris Malaquais 2017), meetups ( Fablab Zurich) and exhibiting/presenting during conferences and Biennales (Tallinn Architecture Bienale 2017, Design Modelling Symposium 2017, Paris).
Maria initiated the research of robotic rod bending during her residency at AREA Institute in Paris. Currently the research is being continued at Creative Robotics Lab at the University for Arts and Design, Linz (Austria) with the focus on merging robotic processes with machine learning.