About the team
What we do:
Laka is an international network (including organizations, companies and individual experts) focused on social impact via design and architecture. Through a comprehensive strategy and with a support of our Partners, we develop projects and programs that underline the crucial role of architecture and technology in the process of social change: Laka Competition – an international architectural competition which seeks innovative ideas that go far beyond typical building solutions, are socially engaged, capable of reacting to unpredictable conditions (environmental, natural, social) and provide safety for its inhabitants. Laka Accelerator – an international program which aims to offer opportunities of investigation and implementation of the best designs by providing professional consulting, international press coverage and support of sponsors.
Who we are:
Communications & Promotion
Architect and urban planner. At Laka Agnieszka directs the content of social media and the Laka Blog, as well as communication with the Partners and Participants. Agnieszka graduated from Bialystok Technical University with exchange programs in Yildiz Technical University in Istanbul and University in Ljubljana. Agnieszka has broadened her knowledge in many international offices in Poland, Israel, Latvia and the Netherlands. Her interests are related to biomimetics and their architectural implementations, sustainable and vernacular architecture and also responsive architecture solutions.
Anna Maria Samsel
Promotion & Outreach
Architect and urban planner. At Laka Anna is engaged in development of the outreach and promotional strategies. She is a graduate of the Warsaw University of Technology. Anna gained her professional experience in various offices involved in architecture, interior design, exhibition and furniture design, as well as marketing, human resources and management. She is passionate about building social bonds and their application to smart solutions in architecture, fashion and design.
Founder of the Laka Competition & Laka Accelerator, Managing Director
Architect, Founder of the Laka Competitions and Laka Accelerator. Advisory Board Member at Fuller Challenge 2016, Katerva Spotter. In 2012-2014 Judge at SuperSkyScrapers Award. Damian directs the strategic vision of Laka and manages development of the programs and events. Through the initiatives of Laka, he investigates and promotes the ideology of architecture which is capable of reacting to unpredictable environmental, natural and social conditions by dynamic adjustments. He focuses on a vision of architecture which is available for everyone and provides safety for its inhabitants.
Co-founder of the Laka Perspectives & Editor–in–Chief
Architect and urban planner, editor, translator, lettonist. At Laka Kasia is engaged in development of the programs, outreach strategies and editing of the Laka Blog. A graduate of Warsaw University of Technology and Warsaw University. Her research focuses on the social and historical background to the spatial solutions of contemporary Latvian architecture and methods of improving people’s living conditions with reactive design. In her spare time she is most fond of contemporary Baltic literature, literary translation and traveling.
Promotion & Outreach
Architecture Student at Silesian University of Technology in Gliwice. At Laka Marta manages social media and is engaged in development of promotional strategies. Marta is interested in photography, management and entrepreneurship focused on social change. She is a member of EESTEC, Mentor and Ambassador in the “Zwolnieni z Teorii” non-profit organization, where she manages and navigates projects of the organization participants. As a member of the student union at the Faculty of Architecture (Silesian University of Technology) she directs the promotion of “Interfaces” – series of faculty lectures on architecture and technology.
Co-founder of the Laka Foundation, Director of Programs
Architect, Urban planner. Rafał manages development of the programs and events of Laka. He speaks publicly about the ideology of “Architecture that Reacts” in the context of architecture, technology, biomimicry and social sciences. He is a participant of international competitions and co-author of architectural manifestos that stress the important role of mobility and responsibility of architecture. In 2013-2014 Judge at SuperSkyScrapers Award (ArchTriumph). A graduate of the Silesian University of Technology. His interests focus on new technologies, biomimicry, adaptive architecture and postindustrial revitalization.
Would you like to join the global initiative of “Architecture that Reacts”? If you are interested in joining our international network of Partners, Experts of the Laka Accelerator, participate in the Laka Competition, or just want to propose other ideas of collaboration – we can’t wait to hear from you! Learn more about opportunities of getting involved in our projects and programs at lakareacts.com/get-involved. If you would like to support the mission of the Laka Foundation, please click the following link: lakareacts.com/donation. All contributions support our programs that are focused on social change through a responsible design of architecture and technology. Thank you for your support!
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