The 3rd Kaplicky Internship competition is open with the winner receiving an exclusive internship with the renowned Allies and Morrison architecture and urban planning studio

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Prague, April 19, 2017: The Bakala Foundation and the Design Museum in London together with the Kaplicky Centre announce the 3rd annual Kaplicky Internship competition for students in their final years of architectural school at Czech universities. The winner will receive a three-month internship with the Allies and Morrison in London.

The award seeks to commemorate the legacy of renowned architect and designer Jan Kaplický, and to encourage and motivate talented architectural students. “We want to convey the benefits of work experience with the best professionals in the industry and help the students to establish professional contacts at an international level… to stoke the energy and desire within them so that they bring Czech architecture to the world stage” said Václav Pecha, Director of the Bakala Foundation, on the goal of the Kaplicky Internship.

“As in previous years, the winner will be awarded a three-month internship at one of London’s leading architectural studios. This year´s winner will have the opportunity to work at the Allies and Morrison studio” said Irena Murray from the competition’s co-organizer Kaplicky Centre.

In previous years, students have competed for internships in renowned architectural studios such as Eva Jiricna Architects and Zaha Hadid Architects. “Gaining experience with Eva Jiřičná, Bob Allies and Graham Morrison or the associates of Zaha Hadid is a fantastic opportunity and the dream of many architects. I know that Jan Kaplický would have been happy with this cooperation”, said Kaplicky Centre President, Eliška Kaplický Fuchsová.

Entries for the competition can be submitted by June 30, 2017. Applicants are free to choose the design they will submit as there is no set theme. Names of the finalists who advance to the interview stage will be announced in August with an independent jury selecting the winner in October 2017. For more information about the competition, please visit the Bakala Foundation website.

The Kaplicky Internship Programme is another of the activities through which Zdeněk and Michaela Bakalovi support modern art and architecture. Their foundation also helps nurture and support developing talent of young people in general through various programmes and scholarships. For example, the Foundation has helped more than 100 Czech students study at prestigious foreign universities abroad.


Kaplicky Internship 2016

Last year, the winner of the Kaplicky Internship was Petra Ross from the Faculty of Arts and Architecture of the Technical University in Liberec (please click here to see a video from the 2016 Kaplicky Internship announcement and here to see the photos) with her design for the London Public Library located along the banks of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. Petra Ross will start her internship at Zaha Hadid Architects in the summer of 2017.


The organisers of the competition

The Bakala Foundation

The Bakala Foundation is a Czech family foundation established in 2007 by Zdeněk and Michaela Bakala with the purpose of providing access to high-quality education, strengthening democratic values and encouraging human rights and critical thinking. Gifted students are awarded scholarships that allow them to study at the world’s best universities. It also supports young architects through the Kaplicky Internship Programme and journalists and independent journalism through the Achilles Data and Journey programmes. The Foundation also operates a Student Hub – an advisory centre for students interested in studying abroad. Zdeněk Bakala is a Trustee of the Design Museum in London which moved into new premises in 2016 and includes the 200-seat Bakala Auditorium.


Kaplicky Centre

The Kaplicky Centre was established in 2008 in order to support the development of architecture and modern art. Its aim is to preserve the legacy of Jan Kaplický and his vision for future generations, as well as the Future Systems brand. The Kaplicky Centre supports educational and cultural activities, including exhibitions, lectures and public discussions leading to an expansion of interest in architecture and the environment, thus increasing their importance to society.


The Design Museum

The Design Museum is the world’s leading museum devoted to architecture and contemporary design.  Its work encompasses all elements of design including fashion, product and graphic design. Since opening its doors in 1989 the museum has staged over 100 exhibitions, welcomed over five million visitors and showcased the work of some of the world’s most celebrated designers and architects including Paul Smith, Zaha Hadid, Jonathan Ive, Miuccia Prada, Frank Gehry, Eileen Gray and Dieter Rams. On 24th November 2016, the Design Museum relocated to Kensington, west London. Leading architectural designer John Pawson has converted the interior of a 1960s modernist building to create a new home for the Design Museum giving it three times more space in which to show a wider range of exhibitions and significantly extend its learning programme.


Allies and Morrison

Allies and Morrison is an architecture and urban planning practice based in London. It operates from its own studios in Southwark Street, the RIBA London Building of the Year 2004. The practice has completed projects throughout the UK and overseas, and is currently undertaking work in the Middle East and North America. The work of the practice ranges from architecture, interior design and conservation to planning, consultation and research. The practice has won 39 RIBA Awards and has been shortlisted twice for the Stirling Prize – for the revitalisation of the Royal Festival Hall in 2008 and for New Court Rothschilds Bank in collaboration with OMA in 2012. In 2015, Allies and Morrison were awarded the AJ120 Practice of the Year.


For more information, please contact the Kaplicky Internship project manager

Ms. Tereza Novotná:, phone: +420 727 825 827