JEMS Architekci studio was established at the end of 1988 by three architects: Olgierd Jagiełło, Maciej Miłobędzki, Jerzy Szczepanik-Dzikowski and an economist - Wojciech Zych. Within nearly three decades of the studio’s operation, the group of partners was complimented by architects Marcin Sadowski, Paweł Majkusiak, Andrzej Sidorowicz and Marek Moskal joined.
The formula of the studio as a workshop, a space for discussion, debates and exploration, exchanging views and ideas became the foundation of work of several dozen people.
The most satisfying projects we have created are coherent, holistic images that were first told and discussed, described in the sequences of space, structure, search for unique, user-friendly atmosphere, materials, patterns, lights and moods, and only then were they drawn and built - declare JEMS architects, strongly emphasizing the importance of the initial stage of work on their designs.
Reading the human culture, history, tradition, place and needs contexts is the main principle and foundation of creative work for them, equal to precisely defined design tasks and discovering their specificities. JEMS goal is not architecture epitomized by its form, but universal components: order, tectonics, proportions and rules of mold construction, natural materials, light and passing time.
The exhibition entitled JEMS Architekci. (Re)collections presents – through mockups, photos, drawings and artifacts - four excellent structures realized in recent years, i.e. the revitalized Hala Koszyki in Warsaw with accompanying office buildings (2016), International Congress Center in Katowice (winner of many prestigious awards including Polityka Architectural Grand Prix in 2016, SARP Annual Award in 2015), modernized and expanded building of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw at Wybrzeże Kościuszkowskie (2014) and the new Raczynski Library in Poznań (2013). They are accompanied by ten important but unrealized projects of the studio. The materials selected from rich archive and presented at the Wroclaw exhibition create a rich and varied mosaic - an example of the architects’ creed, their attitude towards urban landscape and the existing historical form.