Blue Lecture Series/Jan Šépka

The Blue Lecture Series lecture series continues with a lecture by architect and teacher Jan Šépka.

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Prof. Ing. akad. arch. JAN ŠÉPKA (1969 in Prague) graduated from the FA CTU in 1995 and two years later graduated from the School of Architecture of the Academy of Fine Arts. In 1994, together with Michal Kuzemenský, he initiated the New Czech Work association. In the years 1998-2009 he was a partner of the HŠH architects studio. Then he founded his own office Šépka architekti: In the years 2004 - 2014 he works as a teacher at the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague. From 2014 to 2016 he was the head of the Office of Projects and Competitions at IPR in Prague and since 2014 he has been leading studio A1 at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, where he was appointed associate professor for Architecture in 2015. In 2006 he was the editor of the yearbook Czech Architecture and in 2015 he published the book "How to Make a City". In 2019, the first publication was published, which focuses monographically on the work of architect Jan Šépka entitled Inspiration. Many of the projects in which he participated have won awards in the Czech Republic and abroad. The most famous are the modifications of the Upper Square in Olomouc, the modifications of Jiřské náměstí in Prague Castle, the Archdiocesan Museum in Olomouc, the villa in Beroun, Villa Hermína, the modifications of the castle hill in Litomyšl, the design of the National Library in Prague, the Landscape Room in Modrava, installation Perception in České Budějovice.

The topic of the Blue Lecture Series lecture series is houses-concepts. (configurations - processes - compositions - positions - transformations - edges - figures - secrecy - anarchitecture - models)
Models are conceptual designs and solutions, where through one project as an example we solve a broader scope, often not directly included in the assignment. They reveal new positions of architecture, which is created to order, but is not intended exclusively for itself.

A model is an object that provides us with an understanding of complex phenomena through their simplification. It is in one position both abstract and concrete, idea and object. It represents reality in an indirect way. Certain situations can be understood as models, they show a slice of reality and they become an opportunity for a precedent.