Kateřina Čechová (*1984, Rokycany, CZ) is an architect and urban designer. She holds a bachelor’s degree from The Faculty of Architecture, CTU in Prague (2007), a master’s degree from the University of Liechtenstein (2010) and has experience studying and working abroad (Berlin, Basel, Shanghai, Vienna). A Prague resident since 2012, she has collaborated with CMC architects on their urban design projects (2012-2014) and now works with UNIT architekti. Her research at the Institute of Urban design FA CTU is directed towards current trends in urban design, city transportation and the history and theory of urban design. She has been a member of the ERA21 editorial board since 2017. www.unitarch.eu
Ivan Gogolák (*1987, Čadca, SK) is an architect. He studied at the Faculty of Architecture, CTU in Prague. In 2010, he co-founded the gogolák + grasse association, which gained prominence winning numerous awards in urban design competitions and completing a collection of master and zoning plans. The association is also active publishing and curating lectures and workshops, it contributed to the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, and strives to connect with the architectural community through competitions and public debate. Their central interests are the history, application, and future of urban design ideas and processes. Ivan Gogolák has been a member of the ERA21 editorial board since 2017. https://issuu.com/dvorak_gogolak_grasse
Vendula Hnídková (*1978, Prague, CZ) is an architectural historian focusing on 19th – 21st century design and architecture. She studied history of art at the Faculty of Arts, MU in Brno and received her PhD from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where she studied the theory and history of design and intermedia. She has been working at the Institute of Art History, the Czech Academy of Sciences since 2005. Vendula is a long-term member of the ERA21 editorial board. She is the author of the books Pavel Janák: Obrys doby (Pavel Janák: The Contours of an Era, 2009) and Národní styl: Kultura a politika (The National Style: Culture and Politics, 2013) and is working on her next book Moskva 1937 – architektura a propaganda v západní perspektivě (Moscow 1937 – Architecture and Propaganda from the Western Perspective) at the moment.
Irena Hradecká (*1978, Pilsen, CZ) is an architect, but she occasionally dabbles in production design, trend forecasting, design strategy and journalism. She studied architecture at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (2009) and currently she is a doctoral student at the Institute of History and Theory of Architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, CTU in Prague. She previously worked in Atelier 1:1 with Josef Smutný and then in P.H.A., since 2006 she has been working independently. Irena is also the editor of the book Neobyčejnost přirozenosti. Dům – krajina – lidé – Sluňákov 1992–2012 (The Extraordinariness of the Natural: House – Landscape – People – Sluňákov 1992-2012), winner of the 2012 Czech book design competition in the category of science books. She has been a member of the ERA21 editorial board since 2006.
Ondřej Hojda (*1983, Prague, CZ) is an art historian and theorist. He studied art history at the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague and art theory at EHESS in Paris. He has also studied and worked in Geneva, Oslo and Berlin, where he worked for the ANCB cultural and educational platform. In 2018 he graduated with PhD theses focused on the relationship between Western modernism and Japan. He is currently working at the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at the Technical University of Liberec and at ARCHIP in Prague. He joined the editorial board of ERA21 in 2015.
Jakub Kopec (*1983, Ostrava, CZ) is a licensed architect and a curator. He is one of the founding members of the NGO 4AM / Forum for architecture and media and has been running his own architectural practice n-1 since 2015. He participated in the mapping projects Introspection and BAM – Brno Architecture Manual, the exhibitions Compact City, Exposition of a Project or Domografia and in the architectural design and realization of numerous art installations (130 years of Prague 7, Psychoanalysis of a Space, Podium, Hi5!, Bata’s Towns, Jindřich Chalupecký Award 2012, REMAKE, etc.) and of the cultural space PRAHA in Brno. He has been on the ERA21 editorial board since 2012. www.n-1.cz
Rostislav Koryčánek (*1972, Uherské Hradiště, CZ) is an art and architecture historian. He studied art history at The Faculty of Arts and sociology at the Faculty of Social Studies of Masaryk University in Brno (2000, 2001 respectively). His doctoral thesis Česká architektura v německém Brně (Czech Architecture in German Brno) written at the Department of the History of Art at The Faculty of Arts, MU Brno has been published in 2003. He was the second editor-in-chief of ERA21 magazine (2002-2005). Rostislav was the director of the Brno House of Arts (2007-2012), initiated the art exhibition Sculptures in the Streets and later managed the the Brno Architecture Trails project. He is a member of the artistic board of the Faculty of Fine Arts, Brno University of Technology. Currently he is the director and curator of the Centre for New Strategies of Museum Presentation (CENS), established under the Moravian Gallery in Brno.
Jan Magasanik (*1977, Ústí nad Labem, CZ) is an architect. He holds a degree from the Faculty of Art and Architecture, Technical University of Liberec. He did his internship in Prague with professor Bielický at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design and at 4A architekti. His first professional experience was at DaM with Petr Malinský and Richard Doležel. He moved to Copenhagen in 2006 to work at BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group. He collaborated on their projects for the Danish pavilion at the 2010 Expo in Shanghai, the Danish National Maritime Museum in Helsingor, the cultural center MÉCA in Bordeaux or the Warsaw Museum of Modern Art. www.big.dk
Osamu Okamura (*1973, Tokio, JP) is an architect and dean of the Faculty of Arts and Architecture at Technical University in Liberec. He worked as the program director for reSITE’s international festival and conference on more livable cities, an A10 Coop correspondent, and a lecturer at ARCHIP / Architectural Institute in Prague. He studied architecture at the Faculty of Architecture, CTU in Prague (2000) and conceptual art at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague (2003). From 2005 to 2012, Osamu was the editor-in-chief of ERA21. He was the official nominator of European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award – for the Czech Republic and a former member of the Board of Directors of Czech Architecture Foundation. Currently he is a member the Commission for Urban Planning, Architecture and Public Space of Prague 7 District Council and the official certifier of the Registry of Artistic Performances of Czech art colleges and faculties for the field of architecture. www.resite.cz
Vít Podráský (*1985, Prague, CZ) is an architect. He graduated from The Faculty of Architecture, CTU in Prague in 2011. As a student, he was also the chief of the Association of Architecture Students at his faculty and helped organize events – exhibitions, discussions, workshops. Vít worked in the 2H architecture studio and in Deltaplan. He has been working with Jan Žalský since 2012 and Michal Volf since 2013. He continues to engage in various activities connected to architecture and public space. Vít joined the ERA21 editorial board in 2015. www.podrasky.eu.
Barbora Ponešová (*1974, Brno, CZ) is an architect, photographer and university lecturer. She graduated from Brno University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture in 2000 and from the Silesian University in Opava, Institute of Creative Photography in 2006. Her professional experience as an architect includes working at Exicoop, Studio ULMA, Zlámal & Stolek, and AA. After finishing her doctoral studies at FA BUT in 2007, Barbora joined Jan Foretník in starting a design studio at their alma mater, where she also teaches architecture photography. She has been a licensed architect at Archanti since 2008 and a member of the ERA21 editorial board since 2006. www.archanti.cz
Jitka Ressová (*1970, Zlín, CZ) is an architect with degrees from both the Faculty of Civil Engineering and the Faculty of Architecture, Brno University of Technology. Her first working experiences were from Ateliér Brno and Transat-architekti. After moving back to Zlín in 2000, Jitka co-founded ellement architectural office, with Hana Maršíková, Helena Víšková and Jan Pavézka. From 1999 to 2011, she worked at the the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design, Department of Design in Zlín. She defended her dissertation titled Obytná jednotka a její individuální užití (The Housing Unit and Its Individual Use) in 2012. Her book Můj baťovský domek (My Bata House) traces the history and present state of the legendary Bata colonies. Jitka is a member of the civic association aArchitektura, and has been a member of the ERA21 editorial board since 2015. www.ellement.cz
Marcela Steinbachová (*1975, Prague, CZ) is an architect, and a long-term collaborator and member of the editorial board of ERA21. She studied at the Institute for Liberal Education, Charles University and continued to study architecture at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. She graduated from the Emil Přikryl School, Academy of Fine Arts in Prague (2003), where she would later become a teaching associate. As a visiting student she studied in New York, Salzburg and Vienna. Marcela founded the independent civic association Kruh in 2001 to bring architecture closer to the general public through lectures, discussions and festivals (Day of Architecture). In 2007, she founded the architectural office Skupina. She won the Architect of the Year 2016 Award, presented annually for extraordinary contribution to architecture in the last five years. www.skupina.org, www.kruh.info
Radek Suchánek (*1976, Zlín, CZ) is an architect and university lecturer. After graduating from the Faculty of Architecture, CTU in Prague (2001), he went on to do his doctoral research on the relationship between the city and the landscape there. He was a guest teacher at the Studio of Stage Design, Janáček Academy of Music and Performing Arts in Brno between 1997 and 2001. He started teaching at the Faculty of Art and Architecture, Technical University of Liberec in 2006, and after four years became the head of the department of architecture. Now head of the department of urban planning and vice-rector of Technical Univesity of Liberec. Radek also has his own architectural practice. He has been a member of the editorial board of ERA21 since 2007.
Peter Szalay (*1982, Bratislava, SK) is an architectural theorist and historian, a curator and a journalist. He holds a master's degree from Faculty of Arts of the Comenius University in Bratislava and a PhD from the Faculty of Architecture, Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. He works at the Institute of Construction and Architecture, Slovak Academy of Sciences, his research focuses on the theory and history of contemporary architecture in the Central European region and its perception today. He co-authored the books Atlas sídlisk Bratislavy (Bratislava Housing Estate Atlas) and Moderné a/alebo totalitné v architektúre Slovenska (The Modern and/or Totalitarian in Slovak Architecture). He is an A10 Coop correspondent and a member of the ERA21 editorial board (since 2015).
Ondřej Teplý (*1975, Pardubice, CZ) is an architect with a degree from the Faculty of Art and Architecture, Technical University of Liberec (2002). Only two years after his graduation, Ondřej started the company C2XO, which later became MIXAGE, a practice combining architecture and graphic design. He was also one of the founding members of the civic association OFFCITY, where he produces a series of architectural lectures. Ondřej collaborates with the platforms Architects at school and Mills to the City. He has been a member of the ERA21 editorial board since 2015. www.mixage.cz
Yvette Vašourková (*1976, Brno) is an architect, curator and architectural event organizer. She holds a master's degree from the Faculty of Architecture, CTU in Prague (2001), to which she later added an MArch from the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam (2007). She is one of the founding members of the Centre for Central European Architecture: CCEA, focusing on the contemporary city and its culture. Yvette is the principal of the architectural office MOBA together with her partner, Igor Kovačević. She has lead a freshman studio for five years at the FA CTU in Prague, where she successfully defended her doctoral thesis on metropolitan palaces and their significance in the sustainable city in 2018. She has been a member of the ERA21 editorial board since 2006. www.cceamoba.cz
Tomáš Zdvihal (*1986, České Budějovice) is an architect. He has degree from the Faculty of Art and Architecture, Technical University of Liberec. He previously collaborated with architects Martin Rajniš and Eva Jiřičná on a number of their projects. In his current work at třiarchitekti studio he is focusing on interdisciplinary projects on the boundary between the urban and rural worlds. Tomas co-organises and further studies architecture competitions as part of his postdoctoral research at FA CVUT. In 2017 he published his Architecture Guide - South Bohemia and Upper Austria, documenting contemporary public buildings. Tomas Zdvihal was nominated, along with Mirek Vodák, for the Architect of the Year 2018 award for starting the CBArchitektura project. www.tzdvihal.cz, www.triarchitekti.cz, www.cbarchitektura.cz
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