FA is looking for the head of the Department of Architectural Conservation, the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage

The Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of the CTU has announced the selection procedures for the positions of the heads of the departments and the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage. Applications can be submitted until 12 June 2023.
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"I very much appreciate the work of the two heads of the departments Václav Girsa and Vladimír Sitta, under whose leadership the departments have become respected workplaces of the Faculty of Architecture. I also appreciate the long-standing activities of the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage, which, under the leadership of Benjamin Fragner, is engaged in systematic mapping of industrial heritage. These renowned personalities have linked their life paths with our school and have contributed in a fundamental way to the formation of their disciplines at the Faculty of Architecture and in society," says Dalibor Hlaváček, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture of CTU.

The new head of the Department of Architectural Conservation will build on the work of Professor Václav Girsa, under whose leadership the Department has become an excellent centre of theoretical and practical teaching in the protection and restoration of monuments, with special attention to the built heritage. Cooperation with other pedagogical and scientific workplaces and professional institutions, such as the National Heritage Institute or the Czech National Committee of the International Council on Monuments and Sites, is also important. Students of the Girsa studio have participated in the project The Last House of Adolf Loos in cooperation with the National Technical Museum. They prepared the realisation project of the villa for Eva Mülllerová, whose architectural study was drawn up by Loos in 1932. Currently, the team of the Institute of Historic Preservation is working on the reconstruction of Bohumil Hrabal's cottage.

The teaching of the youngest programme at the FA has been provided by the Department of Landscape Architecture since 2015 in six studios. Vladimír Sitta's team tries to cultivate in students an interest in the man-made environment, social and societal responsibility, and the artistic and technical qualities of projects. For example, the repeated participation of the student team in the international garden festival in Chaumont nad Loire was very successful. Landscape architecture students at the FA also regularly score points in the Laurus competition.

Since 2002, the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage has been involved in scientific, educational and awareness-raising activities in projects for the preservation of industrial architecture. The unique workplace, headed by Benjamin Fragner, a recipient of the Ministry of Culture Award, maps domestic monuments of technology and industry in terms of the history and theory of architecture, conservation and urban planning. It also initiates projects for the reuse of industrial heritage. Recently, RCIH participated in the preparation of the exhibition Reactivation, the first event of the Plato Gallery in the reconstructed Ostrava City Slaughterhouse. Publication activities mapping the contexts of industrial architecture or the conversion of industrial buildings are important. At present, the RCIH is the project manager of the third project under the NAKI programme of the Ministry of Culture.

The full text of the selection procedures can be found on the official notice board.

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