Casimir Zdanius joined Grimshaw in early 2003 in the practice’s Melbourne office, leading the design of numerous components for the award winning Southern Cross Station. He relocated to the New York office in 2006 to join the design team for the Fulton Center and is now global head of Grimshaw Industrial Design. Casimir’s work includes a wide array of elements, designing bespoke furniture, seating, signage and wayfinding systems, as well as larger architectural elements such as bridges, stairs, and skylights often considered works of art unto themselves. Under the leadership of Casimir, Grimshaw Industrial Design has grown to an essential component in the wider global practice.
The details and elements developed for Southern Cross Station, Fulton Center and other mass transit work include industrial design components, signage and wayfinding, shelters for bus stops, retail kiosks, security booths and other placemaking amenities. Recent realized designs in the transportation and mass transit sectors include Vaughan Metropolitan Centre station in Toronto and the Qatar Education City tram stops in Doha.
Beyond his work in the transit and transportation sector, Casimir was Project Architect for the Queens Museum, leading featured components including the central gallery, grand staircase and a glass bridge.
Casimir’s work also includes new products developed for Grimshaw buildings as well as custom pieces for mass production. A recent airport seating system, Aeris, uses castings and long spans where finishes and functionality can be adapted accordingly, increasing the offer to a variety of transit environments. Other products include the planetarium seating for the Frost Science Museum in Miami, developed as a hybrid between performance and manufacturing to boost feasibility by applying existing factory tooling and limiting customization.