REMAKE Architecture works closely with each client to improve their homes and workplaces to be more healthy, enjoyable, and resilient. We focus on single family, multifamily, and light commercial projects, delivering valued renovations, additions, and new construction. REMAKE works collaboratively with clients to provide innovative, timely, professional services that generate value for our clients and their communities.
OWNER & DIRECTOR / ARCHITECT (IL, NY) / LEED AP
Sylvia’s boundless optimism and passion are grounded by a well-rounded knowledge, experience and remarkable sense of frugality–no doubt borne of her immigrant background. Her desire to make every choice as environmentally sustainable as possible has evolved from summers in Poland on her grandparents’ urban farm.
Sylvia founded REMAKE ARCHITECTURE after a significant career in environmental architecture, which she deems should be commonplace in architectural education and practice.
In New York, Sylvia worked on high-end sustainable projects with Rafael Vinoly Architects and Fox & Fowle Architects. And in London her work was diverse, on projects such as Britain's most sustainable supermarket, energy monitoring and post occupancy evaluations, and developing an Eco-town, resulting in her colleagues awarding her the intra-office 'Green Giant' award. While working in London, she received a Master of Science in Architecture: Advanced Environmental & Energy Studies at the Wales Center for Alternative Technology where her dissertation focused on post-occupancy evaluation.
Past employment has seen Sylvia on various high profile construction sites, but she professes that her favorite job was a summer post in a garden center.
Sylvia earned a Bachelor and then Master of Architecture from the University Of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her thesis examined how to heighten one's perception of the ordinary urban fabric. She spent a year at the Ecole d’Architecture de Versailles, France, studying and travelling throughout Europe. In 2004 Sylvia was awarded the esteemed Francis J. Plym Traveling Fellowship funding a four-month independent research of sustainable architecture in Europe. The research included conducting interviews with leading architects, researchers & educators. She published her research & observations, gave lectures at the University of Illinois & UNITEC in Auckland, NZ, and organized a photography exhibition.
Currently, she focuses on projects around Chicago in residential and commercial design and construction.
When not out saving the world, Sylvia can be found in her garden saving spider web-entangled honeybees and guiding her eco-warrior twin boys toward a self-sustaining lifestyle.