Eva Jiricná

(b. 1939)

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(1939– )

Jiricná studied at the Czech Technical University, Prague (1956–62), and the Academy of Fine Arts, Prague (1962–3). She moved to London in 1968, working on the design of schools for Greater London Council. She was then involved for nearly ten years on the (never realized) redevelopment project for Brighton Marina, during which period she extended her knowledge of engineering and material properties. She also became a British citizen in 1976. A sophisticated use of high‐tech materials (such as chrome, steel, glass, combined with a cool palette) characterized much of her subsequent interior design work over the next two decades. Notable examples included Joe's Café, London (1986), the Joseph (Ettedgui) Shop in the Fulham Road, London (1986), Legends Nightclub, London (1987), and the display cases in the Sir John Soane Museum, London (1993). In 1986 Jiricná formed her own architectural and design company, Eva Jiricná Architects and her work has become widely known. Since 1990 she has visited the Czech Republic regularly and was invited in 1993 by President Václev Havel to be architectural consultant to the Council of the President. The Orangery at Prague Castle (1998) was an important, sophisticated stainless steel and glass commission. Amongst more recent projects was the Zone of the Spirit section in the Millennium Dome at Greenwich, London (1999). She has worked at many architectural schools in Europe and the USA as well as heading a studio at the Academy of Arts and Design, Prague, in the 1990s. Amongst the awards she has received was election as Royal Designer for Industry (1991) and a CBE for services to interior design (1994).

Subjects: Industrial and Commercial Art.

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