Eva Jiricna Architects
Eva Jiricna, is a Czech born architect who has been based in London for over 42 years. Jiricna’s long career began with a job at the Greater London Council on her arrival in the UK in 1968, followed by the Louis de Soissons Partnership (she was made Associate Architect) working on Brighton Marina for 10 years, and subsequently Richard Rogers Partnership, where she was responsible for some of the exterior and all of the interior design packages for the Lloyds HQ building in the City of London. With Jan Kaplicky and his practice Future Systems, she designed the Way In store at Harrods, an award winning scheme that influenced a generation of retail interiors, and which enabled her to start her own practice.
Since Eva’s arrival in the UK coincided with the Russian invasion of Czechoslovakia, she was unable to return for 22 years. Nevertheless, after the “Velvet Revolution” of 1989 she was able to re-establish her long standing friendship with Vaclav Havel, with whom she went on to collaborate on various projects until his death in 2011.
Over the years, Jiricna’s contribution to architecture and design has been recognised with many prestigious awards, including the title Royal Designer for Industry (RDI), a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) ; she has been elected a Royal Academician by the Royal Academy of Arts, and made Hon Fellow A.I.A. (American Institute of Architects), and been bestowed a unique Lifetime Achievement Award by the Czech Ministry of Culture. She has been honoured with Doctorates and Professorships by many Universities. Eva has a strong commitment to architectural education in all its aspects, giving frequent talks and workshops to students as well as acting as External Examiner for several Schools. She participates frequently on architectural juries and lectures internationally on her work.