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Teddy Slowik is founder of Novatona, an award winning cross-disciplinary workshop that focuses on the duality of both low- and high-tech means of production and design. A pencil and a chainsaw are just as opportunistic as a computer and a Kuka robotic arm. It is with this attitude that Slowik approaches every sensibility and detail of a project. Novatona’s work ranges in scale from objects for space to space for objects.

Slowik has worked with a comprehensive range of architecture offices both in the US and abroad including Re-D (Research + Design) in Barcelona, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in Chicago, 4240 Architecture in Chicago, Brininstool Kerwin and Lynch in Chicago, Goettsch Partners in Chicago, Filoramo Talsma in Chicago and DIGSAU in Philadelphia. Slowik’s design experience fluctuates between super tall mixed use skyscrapers to objects such as a utensil holders and planter trellises. While at Re-D (Research + Design), Slowik participated in the development of the M-City exhibition design project at the Kunsthaus Graz, which won first place in the 2005 Far Eastern International Digital Architectural Design (FEIDAD) competition. His work has been exhibited at the IX Art Park in Charlottesville, Design Museum Boston, The Design Innovation Gallery at Factory 63 in Boston, AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation, Tedx “Architecture or Revolution” conference in Chicago, The UVA East Wing Gallery in Charlottesville, and UIC SoA Ribbon Gallery in Chicago.

Slowik is currently a Lecturer at Cal Poly’s College of Architecture and Environmental Design in San Luis Obispo. Before Cal Poly, Slowik was an adjunct assistant professor at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art within the Department of Architecture. Slowik was has also been on the faculty at University of Virginia’s School of Architecture as well as the University of Illinois Chicago’s School of Architecture (UICSoA). Previous to UIC SoA, Slowik was a teaching assistant and FABLAB technician at IAAC in Barcelona. Slowik was recently a Visiting Scholar in robotics and fabrication at the University of Porto’s DFL (Digital Fabrication Lab). Slowik has been on juries at IAAC, UCLA, Woodbury, UPenn, UIC, UVA, Temple, IIT and the University of Colorado Denver. Slowik graduated with a Master of Architecture degree from the University of Pennsylvania in May of 2007. While at Penn, he was awarded runner-up for the Schenck-Woodman Design Award. While a student at UIC SoA, Slowik was awarded both the Estate of Francis Hill Pillsbury Award along with the Nancy Gislason Award.