Peter Kuczia

Professional in Architecture Design.

About Peter Kuczia

Peter Kuczia is an educator and expert in sustainable constructions with more than twenty years of experience. In 2008 he completed his Ph.D. dissertation on solar architecture in Germany. He is an author of ‘Educating Buildings – Learning Sustainability through Displayed Design’. He has been awarded multiple international prizes, including International Design Award (US), Iconic Award (DE), DNA Paris Design Awards (FR), LICC London Creative Competition (UK), German Design Award (DE), a national nomination to the Mies van der Rohe Award for European Architecture, and many others. His work has been exhibited and published around the world. He is a jury member in international competitions and initiator and curator of the Design that Educates Awards.

  • Winner of Architecture Design Award.
  • Specialized in Architecture Design.
  • Original Design.
  • Highly Creative, Diligent and Innovative.
  • All Designs
  • Architecture
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Interview with Peter Kuczia

Could you please tell us more about your art and design background? What made you become an artist/designer? Have you always wanted to be a designer?
Actually, it took me a long time after my architecture studies to understand that design is really my passion. Designing has become both a profession and a hobby for me. Now it is my life...
Can you tell us more about your company / design studio?
For many years I designed large public and commercial buildings for one of the largest architectural practices in Germany, among them stadiums for the German Bundesliga, university buildings or hospitals. Parallel to this I founded KUCZIA architects and has been successfully concentrating on smaller but ambitious projects. My work has been awarded multiple international prizes, including International Design Award (US), Iconic Award (DE), DNA Paris Design Awards (FR), LICC London Creative Competition (UK), German Design Award (DE), Green GOOD DESIGN Award (US), a national nomination to the MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD for European Architecture, and many others. My projects have been published in over 50 books and hundreds of magazines on five continents and exhibited in many countries.
What kinds of works do you like designing most?
I have already planned many large-format buildings. But I prefer to design small houses. Every house is unique. Behind every such project stand people with their stories, problems and dreams. Every house has a unique environment, neighborhood. Each time it is a long process until the optimal design is found. But then, when the inhabitants are happy with their house, that is the greatest satisfaction for me.
What is your most favorite design, could you please tell more about it?
My most favorite design is WORMHOUSE - The Breathing House. Is is a small, low budget ecological house in South of Poland. The great luck with this project was to have a client who is open to very crazy ideas, but at the same time demands a strictly rational justification for every creative idea from me. He maintains a website of the project - it's worth looking there: www.wormhouse.pl
What is your favorite material / platform / technology?
With enthusiasm and conviction I use photovoltaic modules as BIPV (Building Integrated PV), if only it is possible. It is not about elements placed on the facade or roof, but about a complete integration of the energy generating modules into the building skin. In this way the roofs and facades become aesthetic energy sources.
When do you feel the most creative?
I can't say exactly when such moments occur, but it's true that on some days the ideas in my head literally explode, and on others I get mentally stuck.
What makes a design successful?
Even the best design ideas are of little value if they are not consistently implemented and realized. I think the consistency in the implementation of the basic ideas to the end is what makes the design successful.

Extended Interview with Peter Kuczia

Could you please tell us a bit about your design background and education?
Actually, it took me a long time after my architecture studies to understand that design is really my passion. Designing has become both a profession and a hobby for me. Now it is my life...
What motivates you to design in general, why did you become a designer?
For many years I designed large public and commercial buildings for one of the largest architectural practices in Germany, among them stadiums for the German Bundesliga, university buildings or hospitals. Parallel to this I founded KUCZIA architects and has been successfully concentrating on smaller but ambitious projects. My work has been awarded multiple international prizes, including International Design Award (US), Iconic Award (DE), DNA Paris Design Awards (FR), LICC London Creative Competition (UK), German Design Award (DE), Green GOOD DESIGN Award (US), a national nomination to the MIES VAN DER ROHE AWARD for European Architecture, and many others. My projects have been published in over 50 books and hundreds of magazines on five continents and exhibited in many countries.
What do you design, what type of designs do you wish to design more of?
I have already planned many large-format buildings. But I prefer to design small houses. Every house is unique. Behind every such project stand people with their stories, problems and dreams. Every house has a unique environment, neighborhood. Each time it is a long process until the optimal design is found. But then, when the inhabitants are happy with their house, that is the greatest satisfaction for me.
What should young designers do to become a design legend like you?
My most favorite design is WORMHOUSE - The Breathing House. Is is a small, low budget ecological house in South of Poland. The great luck with this project was to have a client who is open to very crazy ideas, but at the same time demands a strictly rational justification for every creative idea from me. He maintains a website of the project - it's worth looking there: www.wormhouse.pl
What makes a good design a really good design, how do you evaluate good design?
With enthusiasm and conviction I use photovoltaic modules as BIPV (Building Integrated PV), if only it is possible. It is not about elements placed on the facade or roof, but about a complete integration of the energy generating modules into the building skin. In this way the roofs and facades become aesthetic energy sources.
What is the value of good design? Why should everyone invest in good design?
I can't say exactly when such moments occur, but it's true that on some days the ideas in my head literally explode, and on others I get mentally stuck.
Who are some other design masters and legends you get inspired from?
Even the best design ideas are of little value if they are not consistently implemented and realized. I think the consistency in the implementation of the basic ideas to the end is what makes the design successful.

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