The Mission of the Stefan Kuryłowicz Foundation

The fundamental goal that the Stefan Kuryłowicz Foundation sets for itself is to initiate a broad conversation about the social role of architecture. Architecture understood as an interdisciplinary field, in which the disciplines of art, science and technology intertwine. We believe it is only by opening up to the synergistic operation of various social and professional groups, conscious of the context, dynamism and conditions of a given culture, that architecture can be high-quality, responsible and adapted to the needs of its users. That’s why pointing out the importance of architecture in social life is such an important element of the Foundation’s work. Because for us, the architectural-urban order is not exclusively an aesthetic or economic value, but a measure of the value of human life.

Dreaming and imagination are just as important in this profession as a sense of responsibility – which is seemingly opposed to them. – Stefan Kuryłowicz.

Communication, recognition of changing social needs, taking into account diversity in the age, gender and physical ability of users of a given space, as well as the confidence of its users, are for us the foundation of good architectural practice. We are deeply convinced that in sharing our knowledge and experience, as well as opening up to bold and diverse viewpoints, particularly of young artists, our architectural work won’t be aimed only at meeting immediate needs, but will play a fundamental role in the conscious shaping of the public space of the future.

The Values underlying the Stefan Kuryłowicz Foundation:

OPENNESS– understood both as the creation of a development space for young, creative and seeking artists, and more broadly as the need to open up to dialogue with others, building one’s own vision based on an exchange of various experiences;

SENSITIVITY– the ability to listen to the needs of local communities, to people’s relationships with their environment, as well as taking into account users’ social, economic and cultural conditions and their physical abilities;

KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE – the ability to share knowledge and take it in, as well as effective communication of good, responsible architectural solutions;

COOPERATION– the ability to work as part of a team, taking into account the multiple points of view and diagnoses of other sectors and academic fields, opening up to common solutions to problematic situations.