Karolina Kawiaka designs buildings and everyday objects, and has a studio practice where her work investigates the relationship of the natural and man made environments.
Trained as an artist and architect, she has had architectural commissions in Australia, Michigan, Maine, New York, Rhode Island, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont, and has had her drawings and installations shown in New York, Maryland, New Hampshire, Washington D.C. and Vermont.
Kawiaka joined Architecture 2030 in 2008 to design and teach the design of energy efficient buildings to help mitigate climate change. Her own home and studio in White River Junction, VT is Carbon Neutral run on 100% PV electricity with on a site designed following permaculture principles. She specializes in sustainable architecture, including the design of Zero Net Energy building designs and Deep Energy Retrofit renovations incorporating renewable energy sources and permaculture landscaping, and infrastructure and planning projects.
Kawiaka has work in the New Britain Museum of American Art collection, was nominated for a Cooper-Hewitt National Design Award, and is a winner of the Washington Monument Grounds Ideas Competition in 2011.