The subject of the competition was an architectural design for the extension of the Prague Congress Centre to include an exhibition hall and an urban design for the Pankrácké náměstí site and adjacent parts of the arterial road, with an emphasis on the quality of public spaces and the permeability of the area. The first step (stage) of the revitalisation of this part of the city should be the modifications connected with the extension of the Congress Centre with the necessary exhibition area. The exhibition hall should thus be the initiator of the improvement of the public space. The contracting authority was prepared to invest CZK 250-300 million in this stage.
Petr HlaváčekChairman of the Jury
Petr Hlaváček studied architecture at ČVUT in Prague where he teaches since 1990. In 1991, he co-founded with Hana Seho-Münz the architectural studio R.U.A, where he worked till 2008. As a guest professor, he taught for one semester at the Taubman College at the University of Michigan. In 2000, he founded the Headhand architects studio. He was the dean for development and construction at ČVUT for many years and in 2015–2016, he was the chair at the Prague Institute of Planning and Development (IPR).
Elia Zenghelis has studied at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London, where he teaches since 1963. In 1975, he co-founded with Zoe Zenghelis, Rem Koolhaas and Madelon Vriesendorp the Rotterdam based Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA). Till 1987, he ran its London and Athens branches. He then founded the Gigantes Zenghelis Architects office with the architect Eleni Gigantes. Since 1992, he mainly teaches in the main architecture school around the world, such as the most recent one at the Yale School of Architecture.
Mathias Müller has studied architecture at the ETH in Zurich. EM2N, with Mathias Müller and Daniel Niggle, was founded in 1997 with sieges in Zurich and Berlin. The studio has 70 collaborators working on construction and competition proposals in Switzerland and other foreign countries. Together they have won many different awards including the „Umsicht-Regards-Sguardi“, the „Auszeichnung Guter Bauten“ and in 2004 the „Swiss Art Awards“ for architecture. Mathias Müller has been many years guest professor at the EPF of Lausanne as well as at the ETH in Zurich.
Ivan Kroupa is an alumni from the Faculty of Architecture ČVUT in Prague, where from 2002 to 2008, he taught at the Department of the Architectural Design U15130. Since 2008, he teaches at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design (UMPRUM) in Prague. Since 1990, he founded his own atelier Ivan Kroupa architekti, which works vary from the Centre of Contemporary Arts DOX in Prague, the Hemodialysis Centre Bulovka B.Braun, the Industrial Gallery and the Press Museum in České Budějovice or the Høse Bridge in Suldal (with Rintala Eggertsson Architects). He received, among many awards, the Berliner Kunstpreis or the Förderungspreis Baukunst in 2001.
Viktorie Součková graduated from UMPRUM Prague in 2000 where she studied under Eva Jiričná. From 1999, she worked at Foster + Partners in London and in 2007, she moved back to Prague where she later became the Managing Director at Bogle Architects’ Prague office. They have built the Reseach Laser Centre ELI Beamlines in Dolní Brežany, which have received the prestigious MIPIM Award in the category for industrial and logistics construction of the year.
Tomáš Koumar graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at ČVUT in Prague. He works with Alena Šrámkova and Lukáš Ehl on a long-term bases. In the Šrámková architects office, they for example worked on the ČVUT New University Building (the Faculty of Architecture and the Faculty of Informative Technologies) in Dejvíce. This office works today under the name EHL & KOUMAR ARCHITEKTI, and regularly wins various awards in architectural competitions.
Adriana Krnáčová studied art science and languages at the Philosophical Faculty at Komenská University in Bratislava, Slovakia. She received an MBA at the DePaul University in Chicago. She was the chair of the Soros Centre for
Contemporary Arts in Bratislava. From 2001 to 2007, she ran the Czech branch for Transparency International and then, she worked for the company Johnson & Johnson. Since 2014, she is the Mayor of the City of Prague – due to this function, she is as well the member of the KCP Supervisory Board.
Radim HaluzaVice – Chairman of the Jury
Radim Haluza has studied at the School of Economics in Prague. He was the CEO of the Fortuna Entertainment Group and of the chain store Žabka, a.s. He was also the CFO of Penta Investments for 6 years. He is now the chairman of the KCP Board of Directors.
Roman Ray Straub
Roman Straub has graduated from the Bruxelles hotelier School Centre d‘Enseignement et de Recherches des Industries Alimentaires et Chimiques. He started in the operational, sales and marketing positions in various companies such as in the Marriott International in the USA, in Disneyland in France, at the InterCity Hotels in Germany and in the world chain Le Meridien in Portugal, Paris, the Carribeans and the USA. Since October this year, he is the new general manager of the Prague Congress Centre.
Marek Kopeć has studied at the faculty of architecture at ČVUT, Prague and TU Liberec, as well as at the School at AVU in Prague, where since 2008, he works as the asistant professor. In 2001, he founded the initiative Letná Sobě, that focuses on the issues related to the neighborhood Letná in Prague. Between 2007 and 2009, he worked in the architectural agency Skupina. In the same time and till 2010, he collaborated with O.S. Kruh, which is advocating architecture to the broader public. He is currently the chair of the Projects and Competition Office for the Institute of Planning and Development in Prague (IPR).
Alžběta Rejchrtová was an editor of the Czech Radio Foreign Broadcasts and of the Odeon Publishing House. She also worked as a free-lance translator and English teacher. In 1993 she founded the civic association called Občané postižení Severojižní magistrálou (Citizens Afflicted by the North-South Arterial Road). In 2006 she joined the Green Party and since 2010 she has been a councillor for Prague 4 municipality. Since 2014 she has been in charge of Urban Development, Construction and Transport in the Prague 4 City Council.