Jan Zachwatowicz

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Jan Zachwatowicz was a Polish
Poland , officially the Republic of Poland , is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west; the Czech Republic and Slovakia to the south; Ukraine, Belarus and Lithuania to the east; and the Baltic Sea and Kaliningrad Oblast, a Russian exclave, to the north...

An architect is a person trained in the planning, design and oversight of the construction of buildings. To practice architecture means to offer or render services in connection with the design and construction of a building, or group of buildings and the space within the site surrounding the...

, architectural historian
Architectural History
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, and restorer.


Zachwatowicz studied Industrial Civil Engineering at the Saint Petersburg Polytechnical University
Saint Petersburg Polytechnical University
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, and graduated from the School of Architecture at the Warsaw University of Technology
Warsaw University of Technology
The Warsaw University of Technology is one of the leading institutes of technology in Poland, and one of the largest in Central Europe. It employs 2,453 teaching faculty, with 357 professors . The student body numbers 36,156 , mostly full-time. There are 17 faculties covering almost all fields of...

 in 1930. He was awarded with the Honorary Award by SARP (1971; ).

He was a professor of the Warsaw University of Technology (since 1946; he worked there since 1925), member of the Polish Academy of Sciences
Polish Academy of Sciences
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 (since 1952), member of the Académie d'architecture
Académie d'architecture
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 in Paris
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 (since 1967), member of the International Council on Monuments and Sites
International Council on Monuments and Sites
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, general restorer of relics in Poland (from 1945 to 1957; ), chairman of the Architectural-Restoration Committee (since 1971; ), and chairman of the Civil Committee of Royal Castle in Warsaw
Royal Castle, Warsaw
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 Reconstruction .

Zachwatowicz contributed to reorganization and enlargement of Polish restoration service. During the occupation of Poland (1939–1945) he took a part of teaching, protecting and saving works, i.e. set of relic buildings measurements (including The Market Square of Warsaw Old Town
Warsaw Old Town
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). From January 1945 he co-directed the Warsaw Reconstruction Office .

After World War II
World War II
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, many other historic buildings in Gdańsk
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, Poznań
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, and Wrocław were restored or rebuilt according to principles established by Zachwatowicz and his team. Among his many achievements was the rebuilding of St. John's Cathedral, Warsaw
St. John's Cathedral, Warsaw
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He was a scholar with over 200 major publications to his credit.

He was the father of Krystyna
Krystyna Zachwatowicz
Krystyna Zachwatowicz-Wajda , born Krystyna Zachwatowicz, is a Polish scenographer, costume designer and actress. She is a daughter of architect and restorer Jan Zachwatowicz and Maria Chodźko h. Kościesza, and wife of film director Andrzej Wajda. Member of the Polish Film Academy. She is a...

and Katarzyna Zachwatowicz.

Selected works

  • Ochrona Zabytków w Polsce (1965)
  • Architektura polska (1966)
  • Sztuka polska przedromańska i romańska do schyłku XIII wieku (1971; collective work)
  • Zamek Królewski w Warszawie (1972)