Where Ideas Grow

i3S hosts the exhibition “Patchwork: The Architecture of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak”

The exhibition “Patchwork: The Architecture of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak”, which was presented in New York in the Spring of 2019 and Lisbon in the Summer of 2021, is now coming to Porto from October 8th to December 11th at i3S atrium, in a partnership between the University of Porto and Container&Content – Association.  

The inauguration starts at 18:30 hours and will be attended by curator Michal Duda, who will carry out a guided tour. Then, the exhibition will be free and open to the public from monday to saturday between 10am to 12pm and 3pm to 6pm. 

“Patchwork: The Architecture of Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak” will feature the works of one of the 100 most important female architects from the last century according to MoMoWo (Women's Creativity Since the Modern Movement). 

Born in 1920 at Tarnawce, a small village from southeastern Poland, Jadwiga Grabowska-Hawrylak is considered an icon of post-war architecture.
Grabowska-Hawrylak studied architecture in Wrocław in 1945, the year of the Siege of Breslau, which left Breslau, now renamed Wrocław, in destruction. The architect played a pivotal role in the post-war reconstruction of Wrocław, bringing life into this torn city.


Her extensive career spans most of the second half of the 20th century. Patchwork will feature 24 built and unbuilt (or speculative) works between 1954 and 1993, that represent and reflect the constant cultural and political changes in Poland. We will be able to appreciate her participation in the reconstruction of Wrocław, the modernist designs of the 60s and 70s, and her postmodern aesthetics in the 80s and 90s. A model of Grabowska-Hawrylak's most emblematic work, the Wrocław housing complex, popularly called Manhattan, was recognized as one of the most important European works of the 20th century and will rise from the i3S atrium. The times and the trends in architecture have changed, but this patchwork stitched in Wrocław remains in time as one of its most interesting facets and will be on display for free at i3S for everyone to enjoy.


Patchwork is organized by the Museum of Architecture in Wrocław (Breslau), in cooperation with the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, and financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of the Republic of Poland.