Publication date: 
2019/10/16
In order to compare the level of quality of study at universities of architecture and related disciplines, the Czech Chamber of Architects organizes an annual Review of Diploma Theses. It was the 20th year this year. A total of 78 diplomas applied for the award. The work was evaluated by an expert jury headed by President David Matásek. Other members were architects David Jiránek, Eva Kováříková and Jan Mléčka and art historian and theoretician Martina Mertová. The judges mainly assessed the architectural quality of the submitted works.

The first prize went to Matěj Šebek, a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture, for his project of the New Theater for Jindřichův Hradec. Under the leadership of Tomáš Novotný, Tomáš Zmek and Jakub Koňata, he designed a new municipal theater in the degraded garden of the former Franciscan monastery in Jindřichův Hradec. The jury appreciated the author's ability to think about architecture also from the point of view of the purpose of such a construction, ie from the point of view of a theater building and theater experience, which should bring emotional and thought enrichment to human life. The sophisticated architectural and theatrical scenario of this design is able to initiate such experiences.

 The second prize was awarded to Lenka Levíčková for the work of the National Library, elaborated under the leadership of Michal Kuzemenský at the Faculty of Architecture, Czech Technical University. According to the jury, the author responded to the frenzied debates about the form and ideal placement of the National Library. The jury also awarded an honorable mention to Adam Novotník, a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture, for his work on the Virtual Academy led by Miloš Florián and Lukáš Kurilla. The jury was impressed by the choice of the topic of the work, which deals with design of space for virtual reality with an overlap outside the field of architecture.  

 The Special Cegra Award went to Andrea Šetinová, a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture, for her work on Hot Spring Colonnade in Karlovy Vary.

Andrea Pernicová, a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture, was awarded a special prize by Heluz company for her design ‘Karlín corner project - a city apartment building’. The special Zumtobel Prize was awarded to Miroslav Chmel, a graduate of the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague for his work ‘Theater of Music’.  

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