Simon Cygielski

Simon Cygielski

Chicago, IL, US



After a career in the electronic and printed media, I recently completed a Master of Architecture degree at the University of Illinois in Chicago. My background - as a photographer, a business reporter and a news editor - has significantly influenced my views on architecture as a social practice.

I am dedicated to the idea of sustainability in architecture. Sustainability has recently become a marketing catchphrase for buildings that focus on reducing energy use. However, I believe that good buildings must also be sustainable economically, socially and culturally. And designing good buildings – as broad as that term may seem – is precisely my goal as an architect.



University of Illinois at Chicago, Teaching Assistant

Instructed students on a variety of modeling tasks in the school’s Project Lab, assisting them in selecting and applying the most appropriate techniques for individual projects.

Aug 2010 - current

New Warsaw Express weekly, Editor and Publisher

Led the editorial team of the weekly Internet newspaper. Directed workflow, created and implemented marketing and community relations strategies, generated content.

May 2002 - Aug 2008


University of Illinois at Chicago, MArch, Architecture

Aug 2008 - May 2011

Columbia College Chicago, Bachelors, Liberal Arts

Honors BA with a concentration in photography.

Aug 1991 - May 1995


Schiff-Hardin Award, 1st Place

Award for academic excellence in the area of architectural professional practice.


UIC SoA's End-of-Year show, Other

Preci:Piece, a project for a housing estate in Saudi Arabia designed using parametric tools ( was selected for inclusion in the School of Architecture End-of-Year show.


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