Teaching at European level, professional activities and mutual cooperation. Introducing new heads of departments

The Department of Architectural Conservation, the Department of Landscape Architecture and the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage are entering the academic year with new leadership. What are their plans? Here are the concepts they came up with in the selection procedures and the medallions of Tomáš Efler, Zuzana Štemberová and Jan Zikmund.
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Prof. Girsa's graduate and colleague Tomáš Efler takes over the management of the Department of Architectural Conservation. Priorities are developing international contacts and cooperation. This is both within the FA departments and with other academic, scientific and research institutions, among others with CNK ICOMOC and UNESCO.

For the new head of the Department of Landscape Architecture, Zuzana Štemberová, it will be crucial to obtain IFLA EU (International Federation of Landscape Architects) accreditation, which is an important criteria for the selection of schools for foreign students and teachers. She wants to involve more international competitions in studio teaching or expand the teaching with external lectures and new elective courses. She developed the concept together with Eva Jeníková, who will be her deputy. The coordinator of the Landscape Architecture study programme will continue to be Hana Špalková.

The continuity of the activities of the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage was ensured by the choice of Jan Zikmund, a long-time colleague of the Research Centre's founder Benjamin Fragner. The RCIH will continue to focus on research and presentation of industrial heritage. The concept mentions strengthening the advisory role of the RCIH, the organisation of student workshops and the expansion of the portfolio to include building history surveys or verification and rescue projects, not only of industrial buildings.

doc. Ing. arch. Tomáš Efler

He studied architecture at the FA CTU and in Paris at the EAPLV (École d´Architecture de Paris La Villette). At the FA he runs the Studio of Vernacular Architecture. He deals with technological possibilities of repair and revitalization of historical buildings and sites, promotion of crafts and technologies in relation to qualified care of architectural cultural heritage. He works independently within the Architectural Studio Merboltice. His award-winning projects include the conversion of the former monastery brewery for the Centre of Building Heritage of the National Technical Museum in Plasy, the restoration of the Baroque gloriette in the Rose Garden in the grounds of the Děčín Castle, and the revitalization of the castle grounds and barn for the archaeological exhibition Traces of the Ages Archevita in Roztoky u Prahy.

He is a member of the Heritage Conservation Working Group of the CCA and the Society for Village and Small Town Restoration. Within the framework of ČNK, ICOMOS is preparing the nomination of the town of Žatec and the landscape of Žatec hops for inclusion in the UNESCO list of monuments. Under the auspices of the European Association for Architectural Education, he is active in the European Erasmus+ programme Tink-Tank: Heritage.

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Ing. Zuzana Štemberová

She graduated from the Faculty of Horticulture at MENDELU and is a doctoral student at the Department of Landscape Architecture, FA CTU, where she has been teaching Landscape Architecture I and II since 2020. She gained further experience during her internships abroad in Germany and the Netherlands. At the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, she works as an expert consultant and lecturer. Since 2013 she has been carrying out independent landscape architecture projects under the TERRA FLORIDA studio.

She is a member of the Czech Association for Landscape Architecture and the International Federation of Landscape Architects. She has been involved in a number of urban planning and landscape projects, including the study of Motolka Park in Prague 5, the conceptual study of the Drážní promenade and the Vršovice-Strašnice linear park, and the Barrandov zoning study. As a co-author she participated in the manuals of public spaces and blue-green infrastructure for KAM Liberec.

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Mgr. Jan Zikmund, Ph.D.

He graduated in theory and history of art at the Faculty of Arts, Palacký University in Olomouc, and received his doctorate in the history of architecture and conservation at the FA CTU. He focuses on industrial and post-war architecture. Since 2008 he has been working at the Research Centre for Industrial Heritage (RCIH) and at the FA he also teaches the course History and Theory of Architecture V. He is a member of the working groups of the Czech National Committee of ICOMOS for Industrial Heritage and Post-War Architecture, the Czech section of Docomomo International and the interdisciplinary platform Industrial Footprints. He has contributed to a number of professional publications on the history of architecture, such as Improvisation / Architecture of the 1980s, The Search for Universality, Architecture in Transition and the Industrial Topography series.

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