Aleksandra Jaeschke is an architect and an Assistant Professor of Architecture and Sustainable Design at The University of Texas at Austin. Born and raised in Poland, she holds a Doctor of Design degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and an AA Diploma from the Architectural Association in London.
Her recently-defended doctoral dissertation entitled Green Apparatus: Ecology of the American House According to Building Codes investigated how building regulations coupled with green building technologies and incentives shape environmentally-driven design and environmental awareness in general. Her broader interests range from mainstream discourses on sustainability and use of integrative design strategies, to process-driven design techniques and broader notions of ecology.
Over the past two years, Aleksandra was part of faculty at the Woodbury School of Architecture in Los Angeles where she taught urban design studios exploring the catalytic potential of urban infrastructures. Her most recent studio, taught in close collaboration with the Culver City Department of Community Development, addressed the socio-environmental ecology of the Ballona Creek, an active flood-control channel and underutilized urban space.
While at the GSD, she served as a teaching fellow both in the Architecture and Landscape Architecture Departments. In 2015, she coordinated the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Housing Research and Prototype Design Project hosted by the GSD Environments & Design Research Lab. In this project, the sustainability of a housing prototype was explored both as a building-scale issue and that of extraction, transportation, and embodied energy of building materials. Aleksandra also co-organized the 2016 Doctor of Design Conference #decoding, which investigated the impact of codes in mapping of environments, demarcation of legal territories, operational protocols of logistics and control of built environment, highlighting the interconnections between design techniques, economic processes, and regulatory mechanisms.
Aleksandra holds a professional license in Italy where she practiced at AION, an architectural firm she co-founded and co-directed with Andrea Di Stefano until her move to the U.S. in 2013. Most of her research and professional work as partner of AION focused on the integrative approach to design of material organizations, performative potential of material systems, material form-finding, and the role of digital design tools in the integration of environmentally-driven agendas. As part of AION, she managed numerous design workshops and contributed to various publications. She participated in the 27/37 Exhibition of Young Italian Architecture at the Italian Pavilion, Shanghai Expo 2010, and was part of the ARCHITEKTUR! conference series held at the MAXXI Museum in Rome in 2012. In 2013, AION held a solo exhibition Eco-Machines in the Wroclaw Museum of Architecture in Poland. In recognition of the work developed by AION, she received the Europe 40 Under 40 Award for 2011 conferred by the European Centre for Architecture, Art, Design & Urban Studies and Chicago Athenaeum.
- AA Diploma, Architectural Association, 2005
- Doctor of Design, Harvard Graduate School of Design, 2018