Magdalena Kowalska joined the firm in 2003 and has worked on a diverse range of domestic and international projects, including commercial, mixed-use, educational, residential, urban, and interiors.
She is currently Design Team Leader for Alexander Court, an 800,000-square-foot reconfiguration of two existing office buildings in Washington D.C., which features a four-story vertical addition and new cladding, as well as public spaces and a 20,000-square-foot, two-story lobby connected to an iconic, 12-story glass atrium.
Ms. Kowalska’s recent commercial office experience includes the São Paulo Corporate Towers, which includes two 28-story office towers totaling 2.8 million square on a 9.5-acre site. The towers have achieved LEED-Platinum certification. Her work also includes Brookfield Place (formerly World Financial Center), 5.6-hectare mixed-use development in downtown Manhattan.
One of her most notable projects is the award-winning The Avenue, a mixed-use development in Washington D.C., which includes a 12-story, 330,000-square-foot residential building, two 440,000-square-foot class office buildings, 450,000 square feet of parking, and 80,000 square feet of retail.
Ms. Kowalska has led the team on a residential project for a client in Upstate New York and assisted with managing an educational project for the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton NJ, as well as Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects’ NY office renovation. In all of these efforts, the design incorporated many sustainable features and strategies to reduce the overall environmental impact.
In her projects, Ms. Kowalska, as a LEED Accredited Professional, strives to maintain the firm’s involvement in a sustainable design practice. She has contributed her design approach to a development of the Verdesian in NYC, the first LEED Platinum-certified residential high-rise building in the United States.
Early in her career, prior to joining the firm, Ms. Kowalska gained experience working in NYC and Warsaw, Poland as an architectural designer on a variety of project types, including residential developments, interior architecture, and urban master plans. Ms. Kowalska received her Master of Science in Architecture and Urban Design from Columbia University and her Master of Architecture from Warsaw University of Technology in Poland.