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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 (f.ex. robotic rod bending – bendilicious.com) 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, Ars Electronica Linz 2018). 

Maria currently runs the research at Creative Robotics Lab at the University for Arts and Design, Linz (Austria) focused on merging robotic processes with machine learning and runs her design/consultancy practice in Zurich.

Paper presentations:

18.09.2017, ENSA V, Paris, Design Modelling Symposium,  ‘Application of Machine Learning Within the Integrative Design and Fabrication of Robotic Rod Bending Processes’ 

Talks:

18.09.2017, ENSA V, Paris, Design Modelling Symposium,  ‘Application of Machine Learning Within the Integrative Design and Fabrication of Robotic Rod Bending Processes’ 

22.03.2017, TU Graz, Open Lecture at the Institute of Architecture and Media in Graz / link

12.06.2017, Zurich, maker talk @Fablab Zurich

15.03.2017 AREA Institute, Paris PLEXUS PARIS #02

Exhibitions:

05.2018 ‘The Means’ project with Mateusz Zwierzycki, Ars Electronic / link 

05.2018 ‘Proteus’ project, with Pierre Cutellic, Creative Robotics exhibition ( curated by Johannes Braumann and Kristina Maurer) , Ars Electronica Linz / link

10.2017  ‘drawN’ project, DRAWBOT exhibition (curated by Emmanuelle Chiappone-Piriou, Leslie Ware), ART[n+1] gallery Paris / link

09.2017  ‘The Means’ project with Mateusz Zwierzycki, Tallinn Architecture Biennale ( curated by Claudia Pasquero) / link 

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