Eva Jiřičná is a Czech-born architect based in London since 1968. She completed her architectural education at The Technical University in Prague where she qualified as Engineer-Architect. She later continued her architecture studies at The Academy of Fine Arts, where she completed her Masters degree. After the Russian Invasion she remained in England, where she was working on the Brighton Marina project and on the Lloyd’s Building. She started her own practice in 1982.
Eva first became well known for her work on shop interiors and residential projects, especially her designs of glass staircases. Today, she is particularly celebrated for her work in the Victoria & Albert Museum, Canada Water Bus Station, Leicester Library, The Orangery at Prague’s Castle and more. In partnership with a Czech colleague, she opened another practice called AI DESIGN in Prague in 1999. The practice has since carried out multiple projects, including hotels, university buildings and multipurpose auditoriums.
Eva is also a Professor and has a long teaching experience. She is a member of the Royal Academy of Arts, Royal Designer for Industry, and an honorary member of Royal Society of Arts. She has been awarded a CBE and received 11 honorary doctorates. She recently featured in the Czech Top 100, decided by the Ambassador of the Czech Republic, and was awarded the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Medal at the London Design Festival.
Eva Jiřičná will be participating in the second panel of the ACE-UIA International Conference on Design Competitions, 25 October 2019, UNESCO headquarters, Paris.
*Photograph by Peter Cook