Szymon Syrkus

Syrkus, Szymon


Born Apr. 24, 1893, in Warsaw; died there June 8,1964. Polish architect and theoretician of architecture.

Syrkus graduated from the architecture department of the Polytechnical Institute in Warsaw in 1922; he became a professor there in 1949. He also studied at the Academy of Art in Kraków (1918–21) and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris (1922–24). Syrkus helped found the Praesens association in 1926. He collaborated on various projects with his wife, Helena (born 1900). In the 1920’s and 1930’s he designed private dwellings in the functionalist style. From the 1940’s to 1960’s he worked on the unification of housing projects, notably in the Koto district in Warsaw (1947–62).

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In 1934, the architects Szymon Syrkus and Jan Chmielewski presented their plans for the future of Warsaw at a meeting of the Comite international pour la resolution des problemes de l'architecture contemporaine (the International Committee to Resolve Problems of Modern Architecture), a key Modern Movement forum (and the elected executive body of CIAM, the Congres internationaux d'architecture moderne [International Congresses of Modern Architecture]).
Helena Syrkus, a one-time constructivist and prominent member of ClAM (and Szymon Syrkus's wife and professional partner), signaled her unequivocal support for the new order at the seventh meeting of the congress in Bergamo, Italy, in 1949.
(28) Helena and Szymon Syrkus's oeuvre is reviewed in a long discussion of their career which occupies most of the July 1957 issue of Architektura.