Marta Heisel-Wisniewska

Marta H. Wisniewska is an architect and urban planner deriving her designs from an extended understanding of the genius loci with a special focus on local material availability, craftsmanship, and industrial processing skills.

Influenced by her experiences researching and teaching in contrasting contexts such as Ethiopia, Singapore, Switzerland, and Germany, she aims to activate new and alternative resources for unique and context-specific applications, aspiring to widen the architectural pallet.

Wisniewska's work has been published in several book publications such as Building from Waste (Birkhäuser, 2014), Addis Ababa: a Manifesto on African Progress (Ruby Press, 2018), and City in Your Hands, ETH Zurich (2019). She holds an M.Sc. in architecture and urban planning from ZUT Szczecin, Poland.

Academic Research/Specialty Areas

  • Architectural design
  • Architectural technology
  • Collaborative practice
  • Sustainability

Classes (Selected)

  • ARCH 2101/2102 Integrative Design: Woodworks

Exhibitions and Presentations (Selected)

  • Daring Growth, 15th International Architecture Exhibition Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Mora, Venice (2016)
  • Waste Vault, at the IdeasCity Festival, New Museum, New York City, USA (2015)
  • Building from Waste, Swissnex San Francisco, San Francisco, USA (2015)

Publications (Selected)

  • Wisniewska, Marta H. with Hebel, Dirk E., Felix Heisel, and Sophie Nash: Addis Ababa: A Manifesto on African Progress, Ruby Press (2019)
  • Wisniewska, Marta H. with Gerhard Schmitt, and Estefania Tapias: City in Your Hands, ETH Zurich Information Architecture (2019)
  • Wisniewska, Marta H. with Dirk E. Hebel, and Felix Heisel: Building from Waste: Recovered Materials in Architecture and Construction, Birkhäuser (2014)
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