Eva Jiřičná receives the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Czech Chamber of Architects

Eva Jiřičná was born in March 1939 in the Moravian town of Zlin, but spent most of her life in Great Britain, where she emigrated after the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.

Eva Jiřičná Photo: Barbora Linkova, Radio Czech

She founded her studio in London, which soon became famous for its elegant and luxurious fashion boutiques and meticulously designed glass and steel staircases, but in recent years she has also designed a number of iconic buildings in her home country.

During her long and fruitful career, she has received numerous awards, including the most Distinguished Order of the British Empire, and has also been appointed a member of the British Royal Academy.

Zlin University Center Photo: AI DESIGN

At a ceremony in Prague’s Wallenstein Park on Thursday evening, Jiřičná will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Czech Chamber of Architects given to people who have made a significant contribution to the modern history of Czech architecture through their work and moral credit.

And according to the head of the Chamber, Jan Kessel, this is a long-awaited honor:

“She is an excellent, world-class, world-renowned architect who has achieved outstanding results in architecture and design all over the world, particularly in Europe, the United Kingdom and the Czech Republic.”

Orangerie at Prague Castle by Eva Jesina |  Photo: Oleg Fetisov, Radio Prague International

“I would say it doesn’t differentiate between the small design, including shops, boutiques or stairs, and the high-rise design that we hope to be designing in Prague in a couple of years.

“With her meticulous design and execution of glass, metal and concrete, as well as the perfect finish. She contributed to the simplicity of her architecture, for example to the Zlin Cultural Centre. She is also brilliant in residential projects and interior designs. She has contributed so much that it is difficult to express in one sentence.” “.

Joseph Hotel |  Photo: AI DESIGN

Which of her works is your favorite and why?

“I would say that the Orangerie within the Prague Castle district is an example of the perfect design of glass and steel. I also love her Hotel Josef in Prague. I love her British perception, such as the extension of the Jubilee Line or the intervention in the Victoria and Albert Museums, to name a few.

“But I have to say I love every detail she did. I like her stair, and I love her interiors, because of the perfect details. She is never satisfied with the result. She always does her best to come up with the best possible solution.”

And would you say it had an impact on the younger generation of Czech architects?

She collaborates with young Czech architects in her Czech studio. She loves working with many generations younger colleagues. Some young architects may look for other icons or explore other ways of design, such as wood construction. But for many architects Czechs, it is definitely a symbol of the ideal designer, the architect who works hard to deliver the perfect buildings.”

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