Prague, 6 October 2017: According to the jury, this year’s winner of the third year of the Kaplicky Internship is Miroslav Strnad from the Brno University of Technology. In the following months, he will gain valuable work experience in London during a three-month internship in the prestigious architectural studio Allies and Morrison. The unique programme for promising young architects is organised by the Bakala Foundation in collaboration with the London Design Museum and the Kaplicky Centre Endowment Fund.
The winner has been chosen by the jury of experts, including architect Bob Allies, director of the London Design Museum, Deyan Sudjic, architect and architectural historian Zdeněk Lukeš, architect and university professor Michal Kohout, and a honorary member of the jury, Eliška Kaplický Fuchsová.
“Thanks to the Kaplicky Internship, emerging architects have a unique opportunity to work on important projects together with renowned architects. This experience and interesting contacts they acquire during the internship are a great advantage when they start their career,” said the director of the Bakala Foundation, Václav Pecha.
Last year’s winner Petra Ross, who completed her internship in the world-famous studio Zaha Hadid Architects this summer, agrees: “The work in the studio was very inspiring for me. I had a chance to see the creative process of various projects – from designs of future offices and skyscrapers to public atria. I have also worked on a project that won a competition and will be executed – a plan to revitalize the old port of Tallinn,” says Petra Ross.
Miroslav Strnad will also gain experience with a diverse range of projects in the coming months: “In three months, the internship winner will have the opportunity to participate in several projects of different scales, whether it is a development plan or detailed interior solutions,” explains Bob Allies, one of the founders of the British studio.
The recent graduate from the Faculty of Civil Engineering at the Brno University of Technology has won with his design of a spiritual centre for the housing estate in Líšeň, Brno, which includes a church, multi-purpose hall, classroom, parish office, café and underground garages. “I have decided to design a church because it is one of most interesting topics from an architectural point of view and a challenge in terms of light and space. Last year, I researched what a contemporary church should look like. The resulting solution offers both meeting spaces and a place where you can stop and calm down,” says the winner of the third Kaplicky Internship.
“We liked the way the student thought about the building on many levels. Whether it was the relationship with the surrounding landscape and the housing estate, the functionality, or the play with the rectangular horizontal line of the community centre on the ground floor in contrast to the organic vertical curve of the church building,” commented the members of the jury on the winning project.
The winner of the Kaplicky Internship is chosen in a two-round competition of architectural projects on a free theme, and students in the last years of their studies at the faculty of architecture and civil engineering at selected universities can apply (the Czech Technical University in Prague, the Brno University of Technology, the Technical University of Liberec, the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, the Technical University of Ostrava, and the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague). The projects are first pre-selected by responsible educators from the universities. This year, four promising talented architects have been chosen for the final round: Kateřina Hlavičková (the Faculty of Arts and Architecture, the Technical University of Liberec), Cyril Nešleha (the Faculty of Architecture, the Czech Technical University in Prague), Roman Osika (the Faculty of Civil Engineering, the Technical University of Ostrava), and Miroslav Strnad (the Faculty of Civil Engineering, the Brno University of Technology). The jury of experts has interviewed all of them and selected the overall winner. The organizers of the competition pay the winner of the Kaplicky Internship the transport costs and pocket money for the duration of the internship at an architectural studio in London.
Allies and Morrison is one of the most prominent studios in the world, currently involved in shaping the modern architectural face of London. The most significant projects of Allies and Morrison include the urban plan of the complex for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and the renovation of London’s King’s Cross. The studio has received 39 British RIBA Awards and it has been twice nominated for the prestigious Stirling Prize. Allies and Morrison have participated in the reconstruction of the exterior of the Design Museum – the institution has resided in the building since November 2016.
Zdeněk and Michaela Bakala have supported the London Design Museum since 2014. The museum was founded by British designer Sir Terence Conran 28 years ago to support young talented designers. In 2016, the Design Museum moved to the newly reconstructed unique building of the former Commonwealth Institute in Kensington in West London. The Kaplicky Internship programme was initiated by the Bakalas in order to provide an opportunity for the development of young Czech architects and spread the legacy of Jan Kaplický’s work. The Kaplicky Internship programme is organized by the Bakala Foundation in co-operation with the London Design Museum. The Kaplicky Centre Endowment Fund is a partner of the project.
Print quality photographs from the announcement of the winner and Bob Allies’s lecture in DOX on 5 October 2017 are available for download at https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8uEMpmoQHXubmRhSE9kUUctQW8
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