Teddy Slowik

Teddy Slowik

Position Lecturer
Phone 805.756.1725
Fax 805.756.1500
Email tslowik@calpoly.edu
Office 34-235
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Areas of Expertise

Fabrication + Assembly
Furniture + Installations
Architectural Representation


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.

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 (UIC SoA). Previous to UIC SoA, Slowik was a teaching assistant and FABLAB technician at IAAC in Barcelona. Slowik has been on juries at IAAC, Woodbury, UPenn, UIC, UVA, Temple, and IIT. 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.


Educational Credentials:

Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA 2007
Bachelor of Arts in Architectural Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago IL 2004
Ecole de Architecture Versailles, Versailles France 2003-2004

Teaching Experience:

Lecturer, Cal Poly, Architecture, San Luis Obispo CA 2016-Present
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Temple University, Tyler School of Art, Architecture Department, Philadelphia PA 2015-2016
Lecturer (Full-Time Appointment), University of Virginia, School of Architecture, Charlottesville VA 2013-2015
Adjunct Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Architecture, Chicago IL 2008-2013

Professional Experience:

Novatona, Santa Monica CA + Chicago IL 2010-Present
DIGSAU, Philadelphia PA 2014
Filoramo Talsma, Chicago IL 2012-2013
Goettsch Partners, Chicago IL 2010-2012
Brininstool Kerwin Lynch, Chicago IL 2010-2011
4240 Architecture, Chicago IL 2009-2010
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, Chicago IL 2007-2008
Re-d (Research + Design), Barcelona Spain 2005-2006


Visiting Scholar, University of Porto, DFL (Digital Fabrication Lab), FAUP (Faculty of Architecture), Porto Portugal 2016


Selected Publications and Recent Research:

  • National Conference on Beginning Design, Carmen Trudell, “Begin with the City” 2015
  • Architecture Boston, Edited: Renee Loth, “Street Seats: Reimagining the Public Bench” vol. 16 n3, p.16, 2013
  • Round About Journal, Ryuji, Fujimura,  “Architecture After 1995” vol. 1, A|02, 2007
  • The Taylorized Beauty of the Mechanical, Guillen Mauro F, Princeton: Princeton University Press, Plates 1.7, 4.8, 4.10, 4.12, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.10, 5.13, 7.2, 7.3, cover photograph, 2006


  • Short Circuit , Arbortecture Bench presented,  Meyerson Hall Lower Gallery, Philadelphia PA, 2015
  • A Gift for Enric Battle, unFrame exhibited, East Wing Gallery, Charlottesville VA, 2014
  • Street Seats, Arbortecture Bench exhibited, The Design Innovation Gallery at Factory 63, Boston MA, 2013
  • Figure, Creature of Perception, Arbortecture Bench and Octadecagon In The Rough all exhibited, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, Chicago IL, 2013
  • Primitive Delights, [re] shape exhibited, Ribbon Gallery at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Architecture, Chicago IL, 2011
  • Architecture or Revolution, Tedx 25th Ward Conference, An Octadecagon In The Rough exhibited, Bridgeport Art Center, Chicago IL, 2010
  • Arch Schools: R(each)ing Out, AIA New York Chapter and the Center for Architecture Foundation,
  • Nanotechnology Center Project exhibited, Manhattan New York, 2007


  • Creature of Perception acquired by the IX Art Park in Charlottesville Virginia and is now a part of their permanent collection, Charlottesville 2015
  • Semi-Finalist in Design Museum Boston’s Street Seats Design Competition, Boston 2012
  • Winning entry for the How Cool is your Stool: Reshaping the City Design Competition, Chicago 2011
  • Winning entry for the FEIDAD Competition (Far East International Digital Architecture Design Award), collaborator with Re-D, Taiwan 2005


Created 09.07.16
Updated 09.12.16

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