FOUNDERS

Václav Havel

(October 5, 1936 - December 18, 2011)

Václav Havel was a Czech playwright, essayist, dissident, and critic of the communist regime, later a politician and statesman. He was the ninth and last president of Czechoslovakia (1989–1992) and the first president of the Czech Republic (1993–2003). He became the fourth European to be honoured by having his bust placed in the US Congress building.

Bořek Šípek

(June 14, 1949 - February 13, 2016)

Bořek Šípek was a world-famous Czech artist, architect, designer and university teacher, known mainly as a creator of glass art objects and furniture or as the chief architect of the Prague Castle administration from the period of President Václav Havel (1992–2002). He experimented with unexpected and often opulent shapes. Šípek is said to be the father of "Neo-Baroque".

Karel Smejkal

(December 17, 1976)

Karel Smejkal is an architect, writer, scientist, university teacher. Formal Vice President of the Czech Community of Architects (2017-19), founder of the Czech Deco Team, member of the American Institute of Architects, Ambassador Visegrad Four countries for universities and students, leader of the scientific team of the psychology of architecture at the CTU in Prague