Maria Smigielska & Compmonks 

Maria Smigielska (Poland, 1983) 

She is an architect and researcher educated in Switzerland (ETH Zurich) and Poland (TU Poznan), based in Zurich. Currently working at Digital Building Technologies, ETH. Her interest lies in the enhancement of potentials for digital and physical creation of architectural elements, design objects and mixed media installations, by using digital and interactive technologies for encoding and modulating materials properties, custom fabrication and design strategies. She gained professional architectural experience in Poznan, Warsaw, and Zurich, where she joined Baierbischofberger Architects in 2014 to implement computational design methods for arts-related architectural façade projects. 

From 2016 she has been involved in research and teaching with multiple institutions, including Digital Knowledge at ENSA Paris Malaquais, Creative Robotics UfG Linz, Interaction Design ZHdK Zurich, and HGK, FHNW Basel. 

She exhibits internationally since 2013, with recent participation at Tallinn Architecture Biennale 2017, Biennale for Arts and Technology in Trondheim 2020 and ZKM Karlsruhe 2021 to name a few and multiple shows in Switzerland. 


CompMonks (France, 1982) 

Pierre Cuteli aka CompMonks is a trained architect graduated from France and a researcher in technology for architecture based in Switzerland. He obtained his PhD in 2023 and currently leads a research on interactive and generative design with brain-computer interfaces at ETH Zürich. From 2010 to 2015, Pierre was appointed Adjunct-Assistant Professor at the Digital Knowledge department of ENSA Paris-Malaquais (France), and Lecturer from 2014 to 2016 at the Laboratory of Numeric Cultures at EPF Lausanne (Switzerland). His artistic work follows a series of design objects and mixed-media installations shedding light on the power of combining humans with computers. Among his most recent appearances are the ‘Neurons’ exhibition at Centre Pompidou Paris 2020, the Biennale for Arts and Technology in Trondheim 2020, and the ‘Biomedia’ exhibition at ZKM Karlsruhe in 2021. 



Artist included in the exhibition Millennials, the media art of Generation Y.