- In One Sentence“When not playing in the realm of the built environment, I like to unplug, step off the grid and relax in nature.”
Kuba was born in Poland but moved to South Africa with his family just shy of his sixth birthday. The influence of growing up in a country that was fighting for a new identity based on equality and democracy, while being raised speaking a foreign language with different cultural traditions to those of his peers has had a lasting impact on Kuba’s own identity and his perception of the world. His love of sculpture, literature and photography, which formed an important part of his childhood, also have a great bearing on his work. With his father being a dedicated engineer, both technical drawing and construction became familiar and later a major influence on Kuba’s career path. In 2004 Kuba completed his architectural studies at the University of the Witwatersrand. His final-year thesis was the research and design of a multidenominational crematorium. After graduating Kuba worked at several architectural firms along with Mike Rassmann and Alessio Lacovig before he started his own practice, Zeitgeist Architecture. A subsequent two-year foray into joinery and shop fitting however, helped Kuba develop his skills in furniture design, alternate materials and assembly techniques. It was this process of manufacturing and production that re-awakened his passion for architecture and big, permanent structures. In 2009, together with Mike Rassmann and Alessio Lacovig, Kuba co-founded Architects Of Justice. Kuba is currently the Convenor for Professional Practice at the Gauteng institute of Architecture, a position he has held since 2008.