Teddy Slowik



Master of Architecture, University of Pennsylvania Bachelor of Arts in Architecture, University of Illinois at Chicago

Teddy Slowik is founder of Novatona, an award winning cross-disciplinary workshop that focuses on the duality of low- and high-tech means of production and design. Novatona’s work ranges in scale from objects for space to space for objects and touches upon themes of material research, assembly and fabrication. Novatona’s work and research has been widely exhibited and published in both professional and academic mediums.

Prior to establishing Novatona, Slowik was a designer at a number of internationally recognized firms including Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture in Chicago, Goettsch Partners in Chicago, Re-D | Research + Design in Barcelona, and DIGSAU in Philadelphia

At USC Teddy teaches design studios and representation in both the undergraduate and graduate architecture programs. Teddy has served on the architecture faculty at Cal Poly SLO, Woodbury University, University of Virginia, Temple University and the University of Illinois Chicago. Slowik was a Visiting Scholar in robotics and fabrication at the University of Porto’s DFL (Digital Fabrication Lab).

Currently Teaching
  • 106x
    Workshop in Architecture
    Workshop in Architecture
    This course is an introduction to the processes involved in the creation and understanding of architecture. The workshop, designed for architecture minors and non-architecture majors, is a project-based laboratory involving drawing and model making, with no previous design or drawing experience needed. The course is structured around projects executed in class throughout the semester, a series of readings and discussions, visits to sites of architectural interest and a term paper. Over the course of this class, you will develop: - A preliminary architectural vocabulary - Basic 2D and 3D technical and freehand drawing skills - Basic model making skills - An understanding of the methods through which architecture communicates ideas and intentions - An understanding of the role which architectural history plays in shaping the work of contemporary architects - An understanding of how the architect conceives, creates and executes a project Most of the learning in this course happens in class, through workshop projects and through exchange of ideas with your instructor and classmates. Therefore, participation and engagement in class are required. There is a natural progression to the classes; projects and readings build upon each other. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to meet with the instructor for instructions and materials to complete the missed assignment before the next class.
  • 202aL
    Architectural Design II
    Architectural Design II

    Students will build on the techniques and methodologies gained in the first-year program, while adding to them a comprehensive idea about site as a cultural and physical generator of architectural form. Students will be introduced to methods of site analysis and research, new generative drawing techniques, as well as the architectural and disciplinary conventions associated with site work.

    Prerequisite: ARCH 102bL.

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