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Faculty of Arts andArchitecture, Technical University of Liberec

Jiří Suchomel (*1944)

Architect, teacher and sub dean of the Faculty of Architecture, the Technical University of Liberec

After his studies of architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, temporarily interrupted by his job experience with Gottfried Böhm in Aachen, he started working in SIAL in Liberec (later Atelier 2 of Stavoprojekt Liberec company) in 1969, where he had been working for 30 years. He was tutoring so called Program 1 at Wiener Architekturseminar in Vienna, Austria, worked as a Visiting Adjacent Professor at the University of Michigan, and as a Gastprofessor at Technische Universität München (Munich, Germany). He was invited several times as a lecturer at Design International program at University de Québec in Montreal, and as a lecturer of the Summer School Gleisdreieck at the Technische Universität Berlin.

In 1991, he established a renewed and independent SIAL s.r.o. architectural studio where worked as a business partner and a director. In 1994, he established the Faculty of Architecture in Liberec and became its first dean. Nowadays he manages a studio of architecture at the faculty and an architectural office focusing on the engineering development of the Technical University of Liberec. He lives in Liberec.

professor Zdeněk Fránek (*1961)

Architect, pedagogue and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Architecture, the Technical University of Liberec

After his studies at the Faculty of Architecture, VUT in Brno (Brno University of Technology) and having worked in ÚHA Blansko between 1986–1989, Zdeněk Fránek founded the company Zdeněk Fránek Architect & Associates.

As a teacher, he worked in 1994-1996 at the FA VUT Brno (external lecturer), in 2008-2009 at the Technical University of Ostrava, in 2011-2012 at ARCHIP Prague and finally he started tutoring in 2006 at the Technical University of Liberec. He habilitated in 2008 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague and in 2011 he completed the professorship at the University of Applied Arts in Prague. He became the dean of the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the Technical University of Liberec in 2012.

Zdeněk Fránek delivered lectures to professionals and students at many universities in the Czech Republic such as AVU, VŠUP, ČVUT, KU, VUT Brno, VŠB Ostrava, UTB Zlín and others. In foreign countries, among others, he lectured at the universities in Ghent, Utrecht, Hildesheim and New Delhi.

Currently, he’s dedicated to design, publishing and educational activities at home and abroad.

Radek Suchánek (*1976)

Architect and pedagogue

He graduated in 2001 from the Faculty of Architecture at Brno University of Technology where he habilitated in 2010 (topic: Relationship between the city and the landscape). He pursued his studies at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture (Ghent/Brussels).

As an external teacher, he taught at the studio of scenography at the Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts (1997-2001) and since 2006 he has been leading the Department of Architecture at the FAA TUL.

Doc. PhDr. Petr Kratochvíl, CSc. (*1950)

Petr Kratochvíl is a research worker at the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and a teacher at the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Liberec.

He studied the Faculty of Philosophy of Charles University in Prague (1974). He completed his degree by the thesis ‘Město jako kulturní fenomén – dějiny a současnost’ (City as a Cultural Phenomenon – history and present) in 1990. He reached his docent title in history of architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT) in 2009. He’s got a job at the Institute of Art History of the Czech Academy of Sciences and at the same time he teaches the history of modern architecture at the Faculty of Architecture of the Technical University of Liberec.

His significant activities resulted in a number of published books and texts in magazines of architecture, art, and history. Among his recently issued books are: Současná česká architektura a její témata (Contemporary Czech Architecture and its themes) (Prague 2011) or Dějiny zemí koruny české – Architektura (History of the Czech Crown Lands – Architecture) editor and co-author (Prague 2008). He was a curator of several exhibitions in the Gallery of Jaroslav fragner in Prague e.g. Zelená architektura.cz (Green Architecture.cz) in 2008. He translates books about architecture. He was a member of the Academic Board of Czech Academy of Sciences (1993 – 2001) and a vice-chairman of the Academic Board (2001 – 2009). In 1998 – 2004 he was a member of Accreditation Commission of the Czech Republic.

Ing. arch. Vladimír Balda (*1972)

Architect and assistant professor, Faculty of Arts and Architecture, the Technical University of Liberec

Vladimir Balda was born in Jablonec nad Nisou. In 2001, he graduated from the Faculty of Architecture, the Czech Technical University, by a diploma project at the professor Alena Šrámková’s studio. Alongside his own architectural practice, he works as an assistant professor in the design studio at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture of the Technical University of Liberec as well as CAD course tutor. In 2009, he became a member of the Czech Chamber of Architects and from 2011 he has been one of the supporting members of the Passive House Centre. He lives in Oldřichov in Háje and works in Liberec.

Jan Hendrych

Architect and pedagogue, Faculty of Arts and Architecture, Technical University of Liberec

After completing his studies in architecture at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, accompanied by studies in Antwerp, Belgium, he started working in Sportprojektu Prague in 1973. Between 1979 and 1992, Jan Hendrych worked at the Regional Project Institute Prague. In 1992, he founded his own architectural studio ARC project.

In 1995, he became an assistant professor at the freshly established Faculty of Arts and Architecture, the Technical University of Liberec, where he still continues to work. He became the head of its architectural design studio in 2007.

Jiří Janďourek (*1975)

Architect, pedagogue and musician

Between 1989 and 1993, he studied the Secondary Technical School in Liberec, the Department of Structural Engineering and he graduated from Brno Technical University, the Department of Architecture and Structural Engineering (1993-1998) and the FAA TUL Liberec, Department of Architecture and Urbanism (2003-2006) followed by postgraduate studies at Brno Technical University in 2012. From 1997 till 2006, he worked in the SIAL studios in Liberec, in Atelier David Liberec and in the studio Artikl, Valbek s.r.o. Since 2006, he has given lectures as an assistant professor at the FAA TU of Liberec and he works as well at the architectural office of the FAA TUL. In 2010 he founded, together with Jana Medlíková, an architectural studio Atakarchitekti. In 2011, he was the head of the international studio at the FAA TUL called ‘Liberec - a city with a vision for the 21st century’, creating a structural plan for the city of Liberec. Besides architecture, he likes music. Since 1999, he’s been a member of the MCH Band.

Petr Janoš (*1981)

Architect and assistant professor, Faculty of Art and Architecture, Technical University of Liberec

Petr Janoš graduated from architectural engineering at the university Politecnico di Milano in Italy (2005 - 2008) and from architecture at FAA TU of Liberec (1999-2009). During his studies he gained professional and life experience in several architectural studios in the Czech Republic, in Europe (2006 - Studio Tadi, Lodi, Italy; 2007 - Behnisch Architekten, Stuttgart, Germany) and in the USA (2004 - Page and Turnbull, San Francisco). Thereafter he worked briefly as a lecturer at the Politecnico di Milano (2009) and from 2010 as an assistant professor at the design studio of the FAA TUL. Moreover, he pursues currently the role of the municipal architect in his birth-place, the city of Roudnice nad Labem.

Zdeňka Němcová-Zedníčková (*1972)

Architect, pedagogue and lecturer, Faculty of Art and Architecture, Technical University of Liberec

She studied in the field of furniture and interior design at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Brno (SUPŠ) and later on graduated from the University of Applied Arts in Prague VŠUP (1991-1997), where she attended Jan Fiser’s and Eva Jiricna’s architecture studios. In 2012, Zdeňka Němcová-Zedníčková completed a doctorate (theme: Cultural and social context in Modern Architecture - Architect in media network ) at the Faculty of Architecture, the Czech Technical University in Prague .

She completed her study visits at the Faculty of Architecture at Musashino Art University in Tokyo under the Professor Minoru Takeyama (2002-2004), at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at Helwan University in Cairo (1997-1998) and at Muotolluinstituutti in Lahti, Finland (1995 - jewellery and interior design) .

Since 1999, she has worked as an assistant professor at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the Technical University of Liberec (FAA TUL). Between 1998 and 2000 she worked as a 3D animator for Brain Waves Systems in Cairo and for Studio Prograf in Prague. In 2006, she worked at the FUA TUL as an assistant professor in the atelier of the Japanese architect, Professor Minoru Takeyama.

Her larger projects include ‘Liberec, a city with a vision’ (2011), which she led at the FA TUL alongside Jiří Janďourek. Then there is the project ‘Prague 2080’ (2008), led together with Ján Strcula at the FAATUL. She also participated in exhibitions ‘Futura Pragensis’ with her project ‘free_ph1’ (2005-2006) and ‘BASE- Virus’ with the project ‘PARA_ZITI’ (1999-2000).

Together with Vendula Šafářová, she is the co-author of an architectural on-line computer game ANARCHI-TEKT (2001).

Petr Šmídek

Jan Suchomel (*1981)

Pedagogue, Faculty of Art and Architecture, Technical University of Liberec

He graduated from the Secondary School of Glassmaking in Železný Brod, department of blown glass manufacturing (1997-2001). In 2001-2007, he graduated from the Faculty of Fine Arts, where he attended the studio Video, led by the professor and academic painter Peter Rónai. Between 2008 and 2010 he worked as a director of photography, film editor and graphic designer. He currently works at the Department of Architecture, at the FAA TUL. He lives in Liberec.

Filip Šenk (*1981)

He studied the history of art and the philosophy at the Masaryk University in Brno and at Lancaster University. After completing the master's degree, he worked as a translator, journalist and art critic for the weekly The Prague Post. From September 2012, he contributes as an art critic to the newspaper Lidové noviny. In addition, since 2011, he has acted as an external teacher at the Institute of the History of Art, at the University of South Bohemia. The same year, he started cooperating with the Harvard Summer Program in Prague. He is mainly interested in the theory and the history of art and architecture of the 20th century.

Helena Šantavá (*1978)

Graphic designer

She studied at the School of Graphic Arts 1992-1996 (graphic design of printed materials, Klára Horová) and at the University of Applied Arts in Prague 1996-2002 (poster and graphic design, under professor Zdeněk Ziegler). In 2004-2008 she worked as an assistant professor in Juraj Horváth´s studio of illustration and graphics at the University of Applied Arts.

In 1996, Helena Šantavá became a freelance graphic designer and her interests range from book design, art catalogues design and monographs completed for various publishers, exhibitions design, promoting cultural events and graphic design in architecture. In 2005 she co-founded the bookshop Café Fra under the Fra publishing and designed the form of the cultural weekly A2. She was the core graphic designer and a co-founder of the civil association Kruh (the Circle) – discussions and lectures on architecture (2000-2012) and of the civil association Společnost Topičova Salonu (2008-2012). She brings up three children, lives and works in Prague.

Jan Tandler (*1978)

Pedagogue, project manager, IT specialist

In 1999-2001 he attended the Faculty of Electrical Engineering at the Czech Technical University in Prague followed by studies at Hochschule Zittau (2001-2002). He is currently studying the MBA program at the Prague Business Institute. He used to work as a network administrator. Since 2009 he has worked as a CEO of the public benefit associaton Venkovský prostor. Since 2012, he has coordinated the project Architecture outside the traditional centres under the Technical University of Liberec. He wrote several specialized publications on the Internet issues and nutrition.

Monika Ognarová

Marta Petrová

Architectura o. s.

Petr Volf (*1965)

Petr Volf is a journalist writing about architecture and fine arts.

From 1984 to 1988, he studied at the Faculty of Journalism at Charles University. From 1987 to 1994, he worked in the newspaper Mladá fronta and MF Dnes (head of the cultural section 1990-1992). From 1995 to 2009, and in 2012, he worked in the magazine Reflex where he brought in 2002 a regular architectural annex ‘The other houses’. From 2009 to 2011, he worked in the newspaper Hospodářské noviny, where he introduced 100 new Czech constructions. He is currently cooperating closely with the magazine Architect. Since 2005, he has been a member of the Artistic and Scientific Council of the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the Technical University of Liberec.

Apart from hundreds of reviews, reflections, interviews and articles on contemporary art, he published a few books containing interviews with artists, architects and theoreticians (Hermafrodit, 1998; Picasso byl monstrum, 2001; Na začátku je čára, 2003; Vzrušení, 2006; Okamžik rozhodnutí, 2010). He is the author of the book Václav Havel – Bořek Šípek Hradní práce (2003), a co-author of the publication Obytná kolonie pod Kozincem (2004), Mimolimit (2002), describing a designer studio of the same name, the author of the book Město mezi domy (2010) and the publication Nový kostel (2010). His texts were published in the academical publication Rozhovory o interview (2009). Petr Volf also published the interviews held with the architects of Baráky v hlavě. In 2011, he was a curator of the exhibitions Současný český industriál in Jaroslav Fragner Gallery.

As an expert guarantor of the project Architecture outside the traditional centres, Petr Volf created the strategic and content concept of the interactive communication platform focusing on architecture. He developed the concept of a specialized publication, Beskydské vize (2013), focusing on architecture in the protected natural reserve CHKO Beskydy.

He is the author of the concept, co-organizer and an expert guarantor of two summer schools of architecture within the project Architecture outside the traditional centres: the Summer School of Architecture Rožnov 2012 and the Summer School of Architecture, Vision for Plasy 2013 (duration 14 days, 30 participating university students, 10 experts in architecture , 21 architects - lecturers, professional development in the field of architecture, further use of the summer school results by professionals in architecture).

Dan Merta

Dan Merta is a historian of fine arts, aesthetician, curator and secretary of the Association of Jindřich Chalupecký (1999 – 2008). Since 2001, he works as a director of Jaroslav Fragner Gallery (www.gjf.cz) dedicated to architecture.

In 1992, he worked as one of the curators of Machat a Velíšek Turné and between 1993 – 1996, as the curator of Prague Castle Exhibition Program (exhibitions of Czech and European artists: E. Dietmann, Ch. Boltanski, K. Gebauer, A. Gormley, Laureates of Jindřich Chalupecký Award, V. Fiala). In 1996 – 2000, he worked as a manager of the department of culture at Prague 3 – Žižkov city district (revival of the tradition of Žižkov carnival, Vinohrady grapes harvest etc.). In 1998 – 2000, he worked as a curator of exhibitions in the Gallery of Reffeisen – Stavební spořitelna.

He established Iniciativa za novou Prahu (Initiative for New Prague) and Tady není developerovo (This does not belong to a developer) civil initiatives.

Miroslava Volfová (*1965)

Journalist and coordinator of the project

She studied journalism at Charles University in Prague (1984-1988). During the years 1984-1999, she worked in mass media as a journalist, editor and then as an editor in chief (Ringier publishing; magazine ABC 2000-2009). Between 2010 and 2012, she was at the birth of several new published and internet projects. Miroslava Volfová gained experience in management and coordination of multiple-member teams within projects implementation (media, marketing, education), through creating long-term strategies and in market research. Since 2012, she has undertaken a role of a methodologist, didactician of educational activities and summer school of architecture coordinator in the two-year project Architecture outside the traditional centres.

Klára Pučerová (*1980)

She studied in the field of General Theory and History of Arts and Culture, Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, and nowadays she is undertaking graduate studies. She specializes in the history of modern and contemporary architecture.

Her thesis deals with the work of the architect Antonín Tenzer (1908-2002), a pupil of Pavel Janak and a co-worker of Jaromír Krejcar. Antonín Tenzer is the author of the sanatorium in Vráž, built in functionalist style, a bank in Vsetín (together with Louis Hilgert), hotel Jalta in Prague, the hospital for children in Motol (co-author Richard Podzemský) and a polyclinic in Vysocany.

On occasions, she publishes articles in architectural and cultural magazines (A2, Architect, Era 21, Earch.cz etc.). Since 2006, she has been promoting the architecture as a curator of Jaroslav Fragner Gallery (www.gjf.cz).

Iva Dvořáková (*1988)

Project assistant

She is currently studying her master´s degree in Architecture and Urban Design at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague. Since 2011, she has worked in Jaroslav Fragner Gallery as a project coordinator, being involved in creation, management and execution of exhibitions and other events. Iva Dvořákové entered the project Architecture outside the traditional centres (G1628) while organizing the Summer School of Architecture in Rožnov 2012 and since then she has acted as its project assistant. She is involved in producing the yearbook of the summer schools of architecture.

Zuzana Leštinová (*1974)

Proof-reader, editor

She graduated from the Faculty of Arts of Charles University in Prague. Her thesis was partially published in the series Paměť by Academia Publishing under the name Albína Dratvová: Scientific diary 1921 - 1961. As a proof-reader, she worked for Mafra and Mediacop publishers (today EMPRESA MEDIA). In 2005-2009, she worked as an editor of the magazine ABC (Ringier publishing). Then she spent a year in the agency Native PR, taking care of customers from pharmaceutical companies. In the years 2011 and 2012, she was self-employed, proof-reading (e.g. for Boomerang Publishing), editing, writing texts and translating between English and Italian, acting as a cyclo-guide for the travel agency CK Adventura. She is cooperates with the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and with Karolinum publishers. Zuzana Leštinová joined the project Architecture outside the traditional centres (G1628) as a PR Coordinator and proof-reader/editor of the Summer School of Architecture in Rožnov 2012 She lives in Prague.

Olga Kubešová Pensdorfová (*1983)

Proof-reader, editor

She graduated from Bohemistic studies at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague (2003 – 2009). She worked in the weekly Nedělní svět as a proof-reader, later on in the portal Týden.cz (2004–2006) and in ABC (2006–2009) and JUNIOR (from 2010) magazines. Since 2005, she has worked as an editor and a linguistic redactor for Codyprint publishing. During 2009 – 2011, she worked as a copy-writer in the TBWA advertising agency, Prague. Since 2011, she has worked as a copy-writer in the marketing department of Burda Media 2000 publishing (formerly Hachette Filipacchi). She joined the project Architecture outside the traditional centres in 2013, acting as an editor and proof-reader.

Kamil Mrva Architects s. r. o.

Ing. arch. Kamil Mrva (*1974)

Architect, manager of Kamil Mrva Architects studio.

Kamil Mrva studied at the Faculty of Architecture at Brno Technical University in 1992 – 1998 and gained his diploma at prof. Ing. arch. Miroslav Masák’s studio. He received a practical training in Karel Pragner’s Architektonické Studio Gama in Prague (1996 – 1997). Then he undertook a study trip to the North America where he paid special attention to studying the constructions by F. L. Wright. Upon his return, he implemented his manifesto; building his own house with a studio (2002). The following houses he designed have a common feature of morphology and usage of traditional materials and the landscape features of his homeland of the Beskids in the Czech Republic. Kamil Mrva, however, does not design only wooden buildings; he has enlarged his architectural register by other materials. He implements a wide range of projects ranging from family houses to larger constructions and designing public buildings and spaces.

Kamil Mrva has been a member of the Community of Architects of the Czech Republic since 1997, member of the Czech Chamber of Architects since 2002. He, Radim Václavík, and David Floryk from Atos6 studio established Centrum nové architektury (Centre of New Architecture) in Ostrava. In 2006 – 2009, he was a member of the Professional court of the Czech Chamber of Architects. In 2001 – 2006, he taught the industrial design at the Secondary Technical School in Kopřivnice and in 2004 – 2007, he was an external lecturer at Faculty of Architecture at Brno Technical University.

He has taken part in the project Architecture outside the traditional centres as an experienced mentor. The students have their practical trainings in his architectural studio.

Knesl + Kynčl s. r. o.

Jakub Kynčl (*1971)

He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at Brno Technical University (FA BUT, 1989-1994, graduation project led by professor Gřegorčík). During 1995-1997, he worked in the studio Ateliér ERA. From 1997 to 2009, he worked at the Faculty of Architecture in Brno. In 1998, he became an accredited architect of the ČKA. In 2001, together with Jiří Knesl, they founded the studio Knesl + Kynčl architects. In 2007, he was habilitated an associate professor at FA BUT; a shortened version of his habilitation thesis "Bydlení ve městě - Living in the City" was made into a book in 2005. In the years 1998-2008, he was a member of the editorial board of the journal Stavba (Construction) and since 2011, he´s been a member of the Advisory Board of the Czech Architecture Foundation (NČA).

Jiří Knesl

He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Brno (1986-1991), graduation project led by professor Gřegorčík). In 1991-1994, he worked in the UAD studio in Brno and ran his own business during 1994-2001. From 1998 to 2009, he worked at the Faculty of Architecture in Brno. Since 1999, he has been an accredited architect of the ČKA. In 2001, together with Jakub Kynčl, they founded the studio Knesl + Kynčl architects. Throughout his time at FA BUT, he was a member of the Academic Senate of the Faculty of Architecture and its chairman in 2002-2005.

Společnost pro právní a ekonomické vzdělávání o. s. (SPEV)

David Kula (*1985)

Coordinator - Corporate Partnership

David Kula graduated from the University of Economics in Prague, in the field of Business Economics and Management, where he currently acts as a Ph.D. student. In addition, he graduated from the City University of Seattle – in the field of Corporate Finance. Over the time, he built up his experience through long-term stays abroad; he studied at Emory University in Atlanta and worked in the Yellowstone National Park, alongside with many short-term studies, for instance, at the Harvard Business School, IESE Business School and the University of Economics, Warsaw. During his studies and onwards, he has acted as a consultant of the preparation and implementation phase of business, public and academic projects. Within the Department of Management at the Faculty of Business Administration, University of Economics in Prague, he participates in education, implementation of educational projects and preparation of courses focusing on the practice. Moreover, he has cooperated with other universities in the Czech Republic on projects in the field of health care, industrial engineering and architecture.

Romana Říčková (*1976)

Project communication administrator

She majored in Law at the Faculty of Law, Charles University in Prague. She worked as a lawyer for the Administrative Division of the Prague Castle, a contributory organization of the Office of the President of the Republic (during the presidency of Vaclav Havel), where she focused primarily on the area of property rights and public procurement. In addition, she worked as a law clerk in a law office, located in Prague city centre, providing legal services in a broad spectrum of legal fields. Romana Říčková gained experience in international learning exchanges (Belgium, Germany). She attended a number of specialized legal seminars (focusing particularly on procurement and civil law) as well as seminars organized by ELSA (The European Law Students' Association), by the Liberal Institute and by the Centre for Economics and Politics. She is currently on maternity leave.

Tomáš Říčka (*1975)

Representative of SPEV (Society for Education in Law and Economics)

Tomáš Říčka (*1975) specializes in the field of law and business. He graduated from the Faculty of Law, the Department of Law at Charles University, where he completed his doctoral thesis as well, and the Faculty of Social Sciences, majoring in Political Science. He participated in many study abroad and internships, for instance at The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Harvard Business School in Boston and the University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern in Olten, Switzerland. He worked as a clerk in a law office, the head of the Legal Department of a municipal authority in Prague, he worked at the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the agency CzechInvest. He currently works as a consultant for corporate and public sectors, participates in educational projects and teaches at the Department of Management, the Faculty of Business Administration, the University of Economics in Prague. These courses focus on project management, structural funds, competition or cooperation with practice.

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