Simon Cygielski

Simon Cygielski

Chicago, IL, US



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.



Epstein, Chicago, Senior Project Architect

Leads diverse teams of designers, engineers and technical staff in executing design documentation in a wide range of project typologies, including public transportation, industrial, hospitality and multi-family housing.
Helps junior personnel with Revit skills, from the basics to advanced family creation and project maintenance.
Organized and leads an after-hours design discussion group that explored a variety of subjects of interest to the participants, ranging from socially-oriented ones such as affordable housing and higher education, to advanced technical and design topics that have included 3D printing and parametric design.

Feb 2019 - current

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM), Chicago, Senior Architectural Professional

Contributed to a wide range of projects, both as a designer and a technical architect. Lead and trained junior personnel in designing multiple workplace and mixed-use projects, as well as multi-unit residential, hospitality and assembly interiors.
In addition to design work, led the introduction of BIM within SOM’s Chicago interiors practice, helping its outstanding design team to adapt to new, state-of-the-art technology. As part of this effort, initiated and conducted a series of training sessions focused on implementing Revit within the interiors architecture context. Helped lead the adoption of rapid visualization and VR software within the Chicago office.

Feb 2012 - Feb 2019

University of Illinois 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 - Feb 2012

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 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.


Areas of Specialization