Eva Jiricna is an architect and interior designer, best known for her innovative use of industrial materials in retail and commercial spaces. She was born on 3 March 1939 in Zlin, Czechoslovakia. She studied engineering and architecture until 1962, when she earned an MA at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts.In 1968, Jiricna moved to London, working as an architect with the Greater London Council. A year later, she became an associate in the Louis de Soissons Partnership. Here, she spent eight years working on design and construction of the Brighton Marina. By the end of 1980 she had formed her own practice alongside David Hodges. From here, she began to be recognized for her work in architectural competitions with her business partner. Her ability to create high quality interiors started with domestic projects, but she went on to create display cases in the Soane Museum and display plinths for the RA. She has also shown her ability on a larger scale, with the transports interchange at Canada Water, part of the Jubilee Line Extension, and she has been invited to complete several high profile commissions in Prague, including an unmistakably contemporary steel-and-glass orangery in the historic setting of Prague Castle, and offices for Andersen Consulting in Frank Gehry's 'Fred and Ginger' building.
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