Technical University in Liberec
The newly established University of Mechanical Engineering of Liberec opened and started teaching in 1953. In 1960 its name was changed to University of Mechanical Engineering and Textile Industry (VŠST). In accord with the law No. 192/94 Sp. adopted on 27th Sept. 1994, the university status and the name changed to Technical University of Liberec (TUL). At present it is a middle-sized university that offers education in technologies, natural sciences, humanities and medicine. The current rector of TUL is prof. Zdeněk Kůs, the ninth rector in the history of the college.
The Technical University of Liberec consists of 8 faculties, or institutes: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Textile, Faculty of Natural Science, Humanities and Education, Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Architecture, Faculty of Mechatronics and Interdisciplinary Engineering Studies, Institute of Health Studies, Centre for Nanomaterials, Advanced Technologies and Innovations.
TUL lays significant emphasis on scientific research that comprises a quarter of its activities. For example the nanofibre research in TUL is at the cutting edge of the world research. Another reason of the success of the school is the natural way of teaching that favours quality and intensity to quantity; having about ten thousand students.
The university is currently undergoing “a development period”. The new rector office and information centre was finished in 2007. Designed as a truncated elliptical cone shape by prof. Jiří Suchomel, it became a symbol of the university and has been presented in the professional press as an example of progressive architecture. To accentuate the identity of the university, the classrooms scattered in many parts of the town, will be soon moved into a new G building which is under construction. The motto “University with a positive charge”, to be found at the website of the university is not exaggerated at all.
Architectura, o. s., the keeper of the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery
The Jaroslav Fragner gallery was created during the reconstruction of the Bethlehem Chapel (designed by Jaroslav Fragner, 1950 – 1954) in an adjacent dormitory building. At the beginning, the owner of the exhibition hall was The Union of Czech Architects but to honour Jaroslav Fragner, the gallery was renamed after 1968. The gallery has always focused on exhibitions of architecture and applied arts and has been managed by the Community of Czech Architects after 1989, later on by the Czech Architecture Foundation (NČA), which is the owner of the gallery till now.
The Jaroslav Fragner gallery (GJF) has been one of the essential platforms for presenting architecture in the Czech Republic and established itself as an important part of the scene. Nowadays, the GJF is one of the most important galleries in this country involved in both Czech contemporary and historical architecture. Presenting the Czech and Prague architecture abroad remains one of its main activities.
The GJF was present at the formation of two important citizen movements within a dialogue of civil society: Iniciativy za novou Prahu (Initiative for New Prague), and Tady není developerovo, a citizen-action public group (This Does Not Belong To A Developer). The GJF initiated and organized an international conference Pražská nádraží ne/využitá (Prague’s Railway Stations (Un)Used) in 2012.
The most important exhibition projects in 2001 – 2012
World architecture projects:
Alvar Aalto, MVRDV, Neutelings Riedijk Architects, Horror Vacui, René van Zuuk, Y.O.V.A 2., FOA, Querkraft, BIG Ideas, Baumschlager und Eberle, Martin Roubík/Snohetta, 20 after 20, AmP Arquitectos, Joachim Mitchell, Coop Himmelb(l)au, Jürgen Mayer, Bow Wow, NL Architects, Querkraft, Eduardo Souto de Moura, Michael Reynolds, Block City, Green Architecture I, II
Modern and contemporary Czech architecture:
DaM, Aulík Fišer Architekti, A69, Projektil, Ladislav Lábus, Český architektonický kubismus, Splátka dluhu, Zelená architektura, Martin Rajniš/E-mrak, Emil Králíček, Současný český industriál, Alena Šrámková, Věra a Vladimír Machoninovi 60/70, Jan Bočan
Kamil Mrva Architects
The Kamil Mrva Architects studio in Kopřivnice was established in 2002 by Ing. arch. Kamil Mrva. Their projects were connected with the region of the Beskid mountains at the beginning. Their wooden houses got the reputation by merging the contemporary architectonic forms with traditional materials and the landscape of the Beskids region. The present work of the studio is not limited to the wooden technology and the region. The scope of the studio widened by using other materials and by taking on new architectonic challenges. The portfolio of the implementations reveals larger buildings and projects. Wood is not the main construction material of the studio any more. Kamil Mrva uses other materials such as stone, concrete, metal and glass in order to benefit from their natural characteristics and to design simple, clean, and utilitarian constructions. Several of the recent ongoing projects concern public spaces.
The co-workers of the studio are: Ing. Lenka Burešová, Ing. Jaroslav Holub, Ing. arch. Veronika Kuběnová, Ing. arch. Martin Rosa, and Ing. arch. Jan Stuchlík. A number of students of Technical University of Liberec worked in the studio during their practical training.
Knesl + Kynčl Architekti (Knesl and Kyncl Architects)
Knesl and Kynčl Architects is an authorial architectonic studio. Both partners are accredited architects in the Czech Republic.
The studio deals with not only land and urban planning but with all architectural aspects, from the research through design to supervision. The team consists of about 20 architects and other co-workers. To provide complex services, the studio co-operates with a permanent team of specialized professional companies.
The company was established by Jiří Knesl and Jakub Kynčl in 2001. At the beginning of 2003 the original association of architects was transformed to a limited liability company. The seat of the studio is in Brno, the Czech Republic.
Společnost pro právní a ekonomické vzdělávání o.s. – SPEV (Society for Education in Law and Economics)
SPEV was founded in 1999 with the aim to provide further education in the field of law and economics and over the time its activities have broadened. The society gained experience mainly in the following interconnected areas:
The first area comprises its own educational activities. SPEV is currently implementing the project ‘Entrepreneurial skills for MSP and NNO development in the region of Hradec Kralove’. Using innovative lecturing techniques, they convey the understanding of principles of the entrepreneurships to the representatives of small companies and non-profit organizations.
The second area, that became a key element of SPEV activities, covers cooperation in projects implemented by the universities in the Czech Republic; such as projects aiming at the telemedicine and innovative education in healthcare (see www.ntmc.cz) in partnership with Faculty of Medicine, Palacky University, the project Architecture outside the traditional centres in partnership with the Faculty of Art and Architecture, Technical University of Liberec and the project in lean manufacturing, services, innovations and industrial engineering in cooperation with FAME UTB IN Zlin and FPH VSE in Prague. The main role of SPEV in the above mentioned projects is to bring and put to use the innovative ideas, coordinate and strengthen the cooperation across the relevant subjects and contribute to the growing quality of the education.
The third area covers implementation of international educational projects as well as taking part in such projects. SPEV has organized several educational trips for EU teachers within the program LLP SVES. For more than 10 years, the society has been co-organizing activities and student trips in the Czech Republic for academic members and students of John Marshall Law School in Chicago and West Virginia University.