Maja Adamski

Maja Adamski

Portland, OR, US




Merge Studio Lab, Architectural Designer, founding member

Merge Studio Lab serves as a testing ground for innovative architectural ideas and open source practices. At Merge Studio Lab I am currently involved in competitions, proposals, small residential projects, a recreational sports facility, as well as a courtyard renovation project for Disjecta.

Oct 2009 - current

Edward Vaivoda Architecture, Architectural Designer

Edward Vaivoda Architecture is small firm launched by Ned Vaivoda that build upon his 30 years of design and planning experience. This was a contract position for two projects. The first was a tenant improvement project in Camas, Washington for SHARP Electronics. SHARP was looking to renovate and rework their cafeteria and dining areas as well as add an exterior terrace for outdoor dining. The second project was a renovation and seismic upgrade for the EOS school gymnasium in Portland.

Feb 2011 - May 2011

Solomon Cordwell Buenz (SCB), Architect I, AutoCAD Studio Coordinator

Solomon Cordwell Buenz is an architecture, interior design and planning firm that practices internationally. My responsibilities there included assembling proposal packages, zoning analyses, fabricating digital 3-D models and rendering final images. I prepared sheet sets for large residential projects from Schematic Design phase to Construction Documents. My duties also included meeting with clients, coordination with our structural engineers and MEP consultants, ADA compliance and submitting reports to the city. As In addition, as AutoCAD Coordinator I was the liaison between the San Francisco studio and the IT department in Chicago, reporting any problems, answering AutoCAD questions from colleagues, monitoring printing consistency and quality and keeping our studio abreast of any software updates and issues.

Nov 2005 - Aug 2008

Constantine Vasilios & Assoc., Architectural Intern

CVA is an architectural firm specializing in small residential projects and historic renovations in the greater Chicago area. My responsibilities there included running the materials library, billing clients, model making, compiling drawing sets for small residential projects, field visits and meeting with clients.

Jan 2000 - Jun 2002


Washington University in St. Louis, MArch, Architecture

Sep 2003 - May 2005

University of Illinois Chicago, BArch, Architecture

Sep 1998 - Dec 2003


Finalist in the Resilient City Competition, 2010, Other

Resilient City Competition / Portland A Model City - Finalist / Merge Studio Lab
The purpose of the Resilient City Design Ideas Competition was to stimulate thinking and discourse about how to increase the capacity for resilience of our cities as we move into a century where our cities will be subjected to the combined environmental and economic impacts of Climate Change and energy transition.

Through education and stimulation, Portland can further it’s mission to become a model city for the world through measuring and exhibiting resilient strategies. Due to world climate change and peak oil, consumption and emissions must be controlled and therefore measured to implicate responsibility for the community.

Using Portland’s namesake, “The City of Bridges”, as indicators of responsibility serves a dual purpose of creating a sense of community and acknowledging the impact of the individual on the community as a whole.

A system of sensors connected to each bridge representing environmental, consumption and transportation choices that impact peak oil and consumption rates. Solar panels feeding LED lighting creates an instant visual dialogue of how the city as a whole is performing.


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