The professional jury consists of the most prominent personalities with great experience in architecture, design and marketing who evaluate the categories of the Meeting room of the Year, the Office as the DNA of the Company, the Most Attractive Working Environment, the Small Office and Architectural Design, the four most coveted prizes. People who combine inspiration, innovation and creativity. The Healthy Office, Future-proof and Innovative Office and Architectural Design are ranked by special juries which are guaranteed by professional guarantors (Green Building Council, Skanska, Art of Space, Czech Technical University).
Chairwoman of the Jury
Prof. Ing. arch. Eva Jiřičná
Eva Jiřičná is an architect of Czech origin, who has been working and living in London for more than 45 years, where she established her own studio – Eva Jiřičná Architects Limited. Together with Petr Vagner, she established the AI – DESIGN studio in Prague in 1999. Both studios provide comprehensive services including new proposals of both public and private buildings and public spaces, bridges, reconstructions, complete proposals of interiors, exhibitions, furniture and other unique items. The studios are leaders in the field of formal and technological innovation thanks to their sophisticated and carefully detailed proposals using traditional materials – glass, steel, and stone.
Eva Jiřičná and her colleagues’ design approach is characterised by its ease, its brightness and respect to the material. The studios’ clients include major corporations and institutions from around the world, such as AMEC PLC, Selfridges, Harrods, Boodle & Dunthorne, Prague Castle, the Royal Academy of Arts, Karel Schwarzenberg, Victoria and Albert Museum, Sekyra Group, the British Council, Tomas Bata University in Zlin, the city Zlin and others. Her studios have won numerous international awards for design and their work is regularly published in journals and books around the world. Eva Jiřičná has earned awards for her personal approach in the fields of Architecture and Design – she has been awarded the title Royal Designer for Industry, the Order of the British Empire for design, was elected a fellow at the Royal Academy of the Arts and listed in the American Hall of Fame. She has been awarded honourable doctorates at several universities (for example, Southampton Institute, VUT Brno, University of Sheffield, VŠUP Prague). She was elected chairwoman of the Architectural Association in London. She works in international juries in architectural competitions and frequently lectures about her work around the world.
Richard Curran, Managing Director of CBRE Czech Republic, takes part in the jury from the beginning of the competition. He is the veritable star on the Czech real estate market. He joined CBRE in 2004 and took the helm in 2008. During his tenure, CBRE has grown from 35 employees to nearly 370. His eighteen years of experience in the Czech market was put to use first in the field of office rentals and currently is focused on capital markets and investment advice and developing clients, such as Skanska, AIG Lincoln, Morgan Stanley, DEKA, Heitman and others.
Tomáš Jindříšek is the managing partner and co-founder of the Dark Side agency. Previously, he spent ten years as Director of OgilvyInteractive, the Internet division of the international advertising network Ogilvy. Tomáš is also Chairman of the Association of Direct Marketing, E-commerce and Mail Order Businesses. He has devoted himself to marketing communication and the Internet in his professional life since 1998, regularly lecturing and publishing, serving as a member of many professional juries and is actively involved in projects for major brands. He conceived the Boardroom of the Year project and co-authored the Ceskovdatech.cz project. He is also a certified coach by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). His hobby is to help the public-service sector, including acting as chairman of the Jahoda NGO and is a co-founder of the non-profit crowd-funding portal NGOs Darujspravne.cz.
Pavel Maurer is the founder and publisher of the only independent guide to domestic restaurants, named Maurer‘s Choice Grand Restaurant. He has organized the prestigious gastronomical event, the Prague Food Festival, since 2007. He studied journalism at Charles University, and among other activities, served as the creative director of the Young & Rubicam agency and as a New Business Director in Ogilvy & Mather. He has published several publications, among the most famous being Hedgehog in the Cage and Don’t Eat Stupidly. At present, he is mainly devoted to astronomical activities and lecturing in Marketing Communication at FAMU.
Alexandra Tomášková, Managing Director of Skanska Property Czech Republic has been in the company since 2010 and as part of the management, she’s been involved in strategic decision making in the areas covering the whole value chain from acquisitions to sales and has also been in charge of managing key clients across all Skanska units. Alexandra is responsible for the development of 100,000 m2 of prime office space in projects such as Praga Studios, Parkview, Port 7 or Key. Over the years, she specialized in leasing and marketing of modern office real estate in Prague, where she has contributed to the commercial success of projects such as City Green Court, Corso Court, Five and Visionary. Alexandra has also been active in the field of design, sustainable construction and innovations and she is committed to deliver innovative and inspiring office buildings with high value-add not for its tenants, but also whole community.
Jiří Kejval has been the CEO of TECHO, the largest office furniture manufacturer in Czech Republic, since 1991, and he is on the board of directors of its parent company, Royal Ahrend. Jiří graduated from the Faculty of Civil Engineering of the Czech Technical University in Prague. As a rower he represented his country and he also served as president of the Czech Rowing Association from 1997 to 2014. In November 2012, he was elected president of the Czech Olympic Committee and re-elected in 2016. In 2018 he was elected a member of the International Olympic Committee. He is also an avid art collector and in 1998 helped establish the public benefit organisation “Prostor – architektura, interiér, design”, which aims to promote Czech architecture and interior design.
Jan Musil je ředitel divize Interiors a člen druhé generace rodinné stavební firmy LIKO-S. LIKO-S byl založen v roce 1992 ve Slavkově u Brna a dnes patří mezi největší evropské výrobce kancelářských příček. Kromě interiérů administrativních budov se také zabývá výstavbou halových objektů s použitím vlastních systémů zelených střech, fasád a patentovaného systému fasádní kořenové čistírny odpadních vod. Tento koncept moderní „živé stavby“ LIKO-S vyvinul při výstavbě svého výzkumného centra LIKO-Noe, které se v roce 2016 stalo historicky prvním vítězem kategorie Zdravá kancelář soutěže Zasedačka roku.
Jan Musil zodpovídá za výrobu a prodej skleněných, akustických a posuvných příček pro celou Evropu. Nově LIKO-S také vyrábí v Indii odkud dodává pro tamní trh a další země jihovýchodní Asie. Jan má ke svému jménu připsané evropské užitné vzory na interaktivní příčku SMART-i-WALL® a mobilní stěnu VACUWALL® určenou pro flexibilní prostory jako jsou co-workingová centra. Se svým týmem také vydal knihu archSPACE-OFFICE, první česko-anglickou publikaci zabývající se architekturou a designem kanceláří.