Ways of seeing / 12 noiembrie / 18h00 / UAUIM


WAYS OF SEEING 2004-2008

current projects
12-30 noiembrie / Universitatea de Arhitectura si Urbanism Ion Mincu

Expozitia Ways of Seeing urmareste evolutia profesionala a lui Petr Franta, de dupa revolutie, după intoarcerea sa in Republica Ceha. Dupa o viata in exil, intoarcerea acasa este marcata de o efervescenta de proiecte arhitecturala in tara sa – Aeroportul Internaţional din Praga-Ruzyne, Biserica Luhacovice, proiectul Zahrebska (premiul AIA 2000), Flora Palace (premiul Best of Realty 2003, premiul Best Shopping Centre Development 2003), spatiul expozitional din grajdurile regale, Castelul din Praga (Grand Prix of Architects 2007).
Insa intoarcerea in Republica Ceha nu inseamna o excludere a celorlalte tari. Expozitia prezinta si proiecte precum Cartierul cehesc din Shanghai – China, Muzeul de sticla, MOSER  si multe altele.

Atelier Presentation / 13 noiembrie / 19h00 / Centrul Ceh
Dupa vernisajul expozitiei, Petr Franta isi va prezenta lucrarile si proiectele, in paralel cu o prelegere tinuta de profesorul Valdimir Slapeta.


Petr Franta s-a nascut in 1948, a urmat cursurile Universitatii Tehnice din Praga iar in 1977 a plecat in Canada. A inceput sa lucreze la De Nova Associates ca designer de interior, pentru ca apoi sa colaboreze cu diversi arhitecti pe proiecte de arhitectura si din 1979 sa devina membru al Ordinului Arhitectilor din Quebec. In 1982 se asociaza cu un arhitect american si pun bazele atelierului de arhitectura Roberto Brambilla & Petr Franta, Architects and Planners, la New York. De-a lungul timpului colaboreaza cu artitecti din Canada si Germania iar la inceputul anilor ’90 se intoarce la Praga, unde devine membru al Asociatiei Arhitectilor Cehi si al Camerei Arhitectilor. In 1997 deschide studioul propriu de arhitectura  Petr Franta Architekti & Asoc. spol. s r.o. 




Organised by Department of Culture and compatriotic relations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Czech Republic, in collaboration with the Faculty of Architecture Czech Technical University (CVUT) in Prague and Petr Franta Architects  & Associates, Prague, the current project serves as a sequel to the exhibition of architect Petr Franta’s earlier work in Canada (“On the Edge”, Prague, Fragner Gallery of Architecture, 2000).
The present exhibition traces Franta’s projects and professional development after his return to Prague in the early 1990s.

Czech projects from the beginning of 1990´s to 2007 which reflects architect Petr Franta’s projects after his return from exile in 1990.
Among projects are i.a. appreciated International Airport Prague-Ruzyne, Church of Holy Family Luhačovice, project Záhřebská – AIA Award 2000, Flora Palace – Best of Realty Award 2003. Best Shopping Centre Development Award 2003, Exhibition Gallery Imperial Stables, Prague Castle – Grand Prix of Architects 2007, Architect of the Year 2007, then project of Czech Quarter in Shanghai – China, Glass Museum MOSER and others.
The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalogue (Czech / English) Úhel pohledu / Ways of Seeing.
Introduction article of catalogue is written by Professor Vladimir Slapeta, the curator of the exhibition is Irena Zantovska-Murray.
Professor Slapeta is conducting a thematic lecture together with Petr Franta presentation on his work.

petr-franta.jpgPETR FRANTA

Born in Prague September 19, 1948, he studied at the Faculty of Architecture CVUT (Czech Technical University in Prague) between 1966-1972, finishing with the diploma of Ing.Arch.  After graduation he worked for five years at the Atelier ETA (Office of Development of the Capital City of Prague).  Starting in 1977, he lived in Montreal, Canada, where his diploma was recognized and evaluated as the equivalent of Master of Architecture.  He began working at De Nova Associates in Montreal as designer of exhibition and interior projects, later collaborating with various architects on individual projects.  In 1979 he fulfilled the requirements for admission to the Order of Architects of Quebec, and after completing the required local practical experience, he received a professional licence in 1981.  He joined the firm Fiset, Miller, Vinois Architects in 1982, where he worked as design architect until 1985.  The same year he was associated with a New York architect and formed Roberto Brambilla & Petr Franta, Architects and Planners, becoming registered in the state of New York in 1989.  With the Montreal architect James Ogden, he founded the firm Ogden Franta Architects in 1986, a partnership which lasted until 1993.  In the second half of the nineteen-eighties, he collaborated with the sculptor Magdalena Jetelova on monumental sculptures for public locations and museums.  He became a member of the Architekten Kammer Nordrhein-Westfalen in Dusseldorf  in 1990,  at which time he returned to Prague and joined with Michal Brix to form the architectural atelier Brix & Franta Architekti spol. s r.o. in 1991.  This partnership was dissolved in 1997, when he formed the studio Petr Franta Architekti & Asoc. spol. s r.o.  He is a member of the Association of Czech Architects, and, since 1993, of the Czech Chamber of Architects.