Vojtěch Rudorfer won the Kaplicky Internship 2020 with the design of a hangar for an airship

Vojtěch Rudorfer, a recent graduate and doctoral student at the faculty, became the winner of the 6th year of the Kaplicky Internship competition for beginning architects. He succeeded with his diploma project of a hangar for a research airship in Svalbard, which he worked on in the studio of Mirko Baum and Vojtěch Hybler. He also gets the opportunity to complete a three-month paid internship in the famous London studio of David Chipperfield. The competition commemorating the legacy of architect Jan Kaplický is organized by the Bakala Foundation in cooperation with the Museum of Design in London and the Kaplicky Center Endowment Fund.

Vojtěch Rudorfer designed a hangar for an airship with scientific and technical facilities in the town of Ny-Alesund in Svalbard, Norway, where one of the northernmost and most important stations for polar research lies. In his project, he had to deal with extreme Arctic conditions, and the jury especially appreciated the sophistication and thoughtfulness of the design. "It was with great pleasure that I listened to Vojtěch's presentation of the air hangar project in Ny-Alesund, Norway. Vojtěch applied research and collaboration-based practices in the project, which correspond to a very specific program aimed at facilitating the path to a sustainable future," said Matt Ball, Associate Director at David Chipperfield Architects about the winning project. "Thorough treatment, precise execution and very simple and elegant presentation contribute to the overall design of the project being a highly sophisticated design".

During his studies, Vojtěch Rudorfer was in charge of the Society of Architecture Listeners at FA CTU, and earlier this year he succeeded with the Lannova waterfront project in the Central Group student architectural competition Unique Construction in a Complicated Place, for which he won an internship with Josef Pleskot. Now the winner of the Kaplicky Internship 2020 is facing a three-month paid internship at the London studio of David Chipperfield Architects.


Five winners of the Kaplicky Internship competition have already completed internships at prestigious London studios. They worked in the studios of Eva Jiřičná, Zaha Hadid, Allies and Morrison, Adjaye Associates and the studio Heatherwick. The winners of the last two years after finishing their internships stayed to work in these studios, Petr Kousal at Adjaye Associates and Andrew Room at Thomas Heatherwick Studios.


A total of 47 students and recent graduates from Czech universities entered this year's Kaplicky Internship competition. Seven of the best projects on the free topic advanced to the second round which took place on 24. 9. 2020. The international panel of experts included Ines Gavelli and Matt Ball, representatives of David Chipperfield Architects, Deyan Sudjic, former longtime director of the Design Museum in London, architect and university educator from the FA CTU Michal Kohout, ARCHIP's rector Regina Loukotová and winner of the Kaplicky Internship 2016 Petra Ross. Eliška Kaplický Fuchs is an honorary member of the jury. Due to the current situation in the Czech Republic and abroad, where most of the judges are based, this year's presentations of finals projects took place online.

Success of students and graduates of FA CTU in the finals

Six of the seven finalists in the Kaplicky Internship 2020 competition were students or graduates of our faculty. Ludmila Haluzíková entered the competition with the Vagní Praha project, in which she explores vague terrain in our capital. With this project, she recently won the Young Architect Award. Šimon Kos designed a new station for volunteer firefighters in Vaduz, Liechtenstein. Matěj Kováčik presented the design of a public bath and swimming pool on the laughing bank of the Vltava. Kristýna Pokojová competed with a proposal to revitalize a river island in Berouna, making it a cultural and sporting oasis, and Anna Vopařilová created a design for a new apartment complex at Prague's Grébovka Park. Only one finalist, Marek Svoboda, was a graduate of the Faculty of Architecture of the VUT in Brno. He entered his proposal to convert the late 19th century Brno building into a public bath.

Studio of David Chipperfield Architects

David Chipperfield is a distinguished British architect, founder of the famed 9H gallery. He founded his own studio in 1985 and now has offices in Berlin, Milan and Shanghai, in addition to London. Studio David Chipperfield Architects undertakes cultural, public, commercial, and residential projects around the world, many of which are to be found in Germany, Italy, Spain, or Japan. The studio has won numerous international awards, including the prestigious Stirling Prize in 2007 for the project of the Museum of Modern Literature in Marbach, Germany, the birthplace of playwright Friedrich Schiller. The studio was awarded the European Mies van der Rohe Prize and the Deutscher Architekturpreis in 2011 for its project to restore the New Museum in Berlin, which was severely damaged during the Second World War.

More about the Kaplicky Internship program.


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