« University’s space and its connections to the City»

Keynotes: Prof. Marek Bryx, Professor, Warsaw School of Economics, Rector’s Plenipotentiary of Campus Development, Poland

Ms Katarzyna Sadowy, assistant professor in Warsaw School of Economics and Collegium Mazovia in Siedlce, Poland

Moderator: Ms. Helle Juul, architect, JUUL | FROST ARKITEKTER A/S, Denmark

warsaw school economicsEvery university needs special own spaces, internal and external, to teach student and give them, and all academics and partners, some kind of comfort in their research and teaching activities. The idea, the understanding and the sense of the University space has changed recently. Vast access to data and information, digitalization of academic resources and ways of communication, more peer-to-peer models of learning and manifold links between science, new technologies and business have changed our expectation and representation about appropriate and expected University space. These changes taking place in our mentality and our real life must have an influence on the behaviour of the academic society and, as a result, an impact on the space of the university campus.

It raises a key question - Is it a real tendency, important for the universities and their future, or is it only a temporary fashion to be replaced, in a moment, by a newer one?

Our team have tried to understand the situation, as the campus of our university (Warsaw School of Economics) is to be redeveloped. It raises a natural question about the future. How to transform the university and its space, built 100 years ago in a completely different mentality of people and applied teaching methods, perfect for that time and still admired, into a scientific institution needed today and in the future? The case of the campus of Warsaw School of Economics will be presented, within the framework of a research project, focusing on various innovative solutions in other European campuses. The presentation includes main goals of the new master plan for the campus. Especially, we want to present the main challenges and questions which emerged from the research:

  • Users – students and staff, but who else? Inhabitants of the neighbourhood, start-ups, business partners…?
  • What should be the new organization of the university, its new needs and their impact on the development of the university space
  • Are the traditional lecture theatres still needed and useful?
  • Common spaces – what forms and functions?
  • Less or more – what space is really needed in a contemporary university?

The case of concept design for a new master plan of the campus of Warsaw School of Economics will comprise four crucial elements being currently studied:

  • integration of the academic environment through better spatial design;
  • more effective and rational use of space (less is more in a very literally way);
  • relations between the university and the city – immediate vicinity of public spaces but also broader urban links and networks;
  • impact on natural environment.



Professor Marek BRYX, PhDWarsaw School of Economics: Head of Department since 1999, Professor 2000-2007, Full Professor since 2007, Dean 2005-2008, Deputy Rector 2008-2016, Rector’s Plenipotentiary of Campus Development since 2016 Member of the Governing Board of INTA since 2005; Member of the National Spatial Planning Committee of the Polish Academy of Sciences – since 2015 Vice-Minister of Infrastructure and President of State Office of Housing and Urban Development: 2001-2004. Director of UN-Habitat Warsaw Office: 2006-2008,

Ms Katarzyna Sadowy MSc in Architecture and Urban Planning (Faculty of Architecture, Warsaw University of Technology), PhD in Economics (Warsaw School of Economics), is an assistant professor in Warsaw School of Economics and Collegium Mazovia in Siedlce, author of numerous peerreviewed papers and monograph chapters. Combines academic career with practice in the field. She is interested in emerging form of entrepreneurship and cooperation between public and private sector and NGOs.

Since 2013 she has been involved in projects of Polish Architects Association Warsaw Branch (OW SARP) where she was Treasurer vice President in years 2015-2017. Dr Sadowy is main coauthor of the OW SARP`s recommendations for the revitalisation of Praga Północ district (2013) which were included into Integrated Revitalization Programme for the years 2014 – 2022, main co-author of the Warsaw Local Centres Programme (development of the network of urban subcentres, started in 2015) and main co-author of the recommendations for urban policies in Wola District (heritage area under a new development). She acts as a member of the Advising Board for Innovative Policies for the Mayor of City of Warsaw (since 2016), member of City Architectural and Urban Council (for the tenure 2016-2019) and acted as a member of Warsaw Roundtable for Climate Adaptation, WOSAK (2016-2017). She is also currently involved in advisory services for the City of Warsaw in works on “Revitalization – Common Cause” project (Praga Północ area).

Mrs Helle Juul, Ceo, Arkitekt MAA, Ph. D., UUL I FROST ARKITEKTER Helle Juul has overall responsibility for national and international projects at Juul Frost Architects. She also teaches and researches and is a consultant for many of the largest educational institutions in the field of urban development and urban space.

Campus consultancy projects constitute an important field of work. The application of research in fact has been one of the recurrent themes during Helle Juul’s career, which to a high degree has also defined JFAs DNA. Helle Juul is responsible for ’Urban Space as a Development Strategy’, which developed a new approach to the function of public spaces as a catalyst for city development by focussing on transformation and significance as strategic instruments.


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