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We think future.
Bringing nature to cities for a better future.

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SL / About atelier

HOW WE WORK and WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

Landscape ecology. Proper water management. Sustainability that makes sense. We believe these are the cornerstones of landscape architecture; without them, design cannot be sustainable.

Healthy landscape is economical

When we design and select vegetation, we work with local conditions. We take into account altitude and soil type, and carefully consider water supply.

This helps us keep additional costs down because it is not necessary to invest into irrigation systems or constantly provide plant food; this also mitigates the risk of having to replace soil completely.

Water management is essential

Water is plays a crucial role, and is getting more and more expensive. We try to make sure we don’t lose it. We avoid water intensive vegetations, and our designs often feature detention basins, ponds and pools which help retain water in the landscape.

Thinking about the future

We always consider how demanding maintenance will be. We predict possible complications. We consult clients regarding their capacities and options.

Often, not much is needed to ensure that forests, meadows, parks and urban vegetation are healthy, easy to take care of and beautiful. Often, it is sufficient to be attentive and careful, and nature will take care of itself.

OUR DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL EXPERIENCE

Since 2002, when our studio was established, we have delivered hundreds of different projects. Diversity of specialization can be proven by projects with landscaping or environmental focus including forest and pond restoration or settling pond revitalization.

We also have international experience from Switzerland, Germany, Slovakia and Morocco. Frequent cooperation with foreign studios inspires us and opens new approaches to landscape architecture.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

We practise true landscape architecture. Be it parks, public spaces in towns or private gardens, our work will also be more than mere decoration. We use plants and other elements to create space with a clearly defined purpose.

We believe in interdisciplinary cooperation in creating landscape architecture. This helps us select materials, technologies and vegetation that truly fit. Our designs and implementation work as a whole, where every element plays its carefully designed part.

What do we do differently?

We design landscape. We work with space. We pride ourselves in specializing in a wide scale of landscaping. We design everything from rock gardens to reconstruction of the water system in a castle garden and urban forests and urban design. We create space. In nature, in the countryside, in cities and in industrial zones.

SL / Our team

Štěpánka Šmídová

Landscape architect and founder of the studio

She graduated from Czech University of Life Sciences where she studied Agricultural Engineering – Gardening. She studied Garden and Landscape Architecture at Mendel University in Brno. During a study program at Universität für Bodenkultur in Vienna she discovered the Austrian approach to landscaping.

She tries to show to professionals and the public that landscape architecture has a significant influence on our daily lives. She believes that our surroundings deserve our attention. This is the reason why you can meet Štěpánka at a professional conference or a talk given by an expert.

She likes Monkey Business music band and classical music. She enjoys doing sports and she has been on Mount Sněžka at least a hundred times :-)

Eliška Slabochová

Landscape Architect

She studied Garden and Landscape Architecture at Mendel University but it took student exchange at Wageningen Universiteit in the Netherlands to assure her that she chose the right career path for herself. This experience motivates her till this day.

She draws inspiration from Czech nature and uses her knowledge of fruit bearing species and house plants. Both are her big hobby.

Otherwise, she calls herself a city girl. Sometimes she has difficulties with her GPS and the gear stick :-) But she does know how to park. And she is a great cook.

Iveta Kopřivová

Landscape Architect

She studied Garden and Landscape Architecture at Mendel University. She loved the school so much that she continued with her graduate studies there. Every week, she shares her time between working in the studio and teaching future landscape architects.

Iveta calls herself a biophile. She likes all living things, including humans and working with them. No wonder that her biggest challenge is designing public space in a densely built settlement because her greatest joy is to make people’s daily lives better.

And you can hardly meet a more enthusiastic listener of audiobooks :-)

Jana Šindlerová

Landscape architect and founder of the studio

She studied Garden and Landscape Architecture at Mendel University in Brno.

Watching people spend their free time in gardens and spaces designed by her makes her happy. She tries to show people that landscape architecture is a diverse and an important activity.

Also, she enjoys gardening. Surprisingly :-) She takes care of three dogs who accompany her on her walks. She is an avid runner and she loves spending her free time with her Moravian family.

Linda Duchovná

Landscape Architect

She studied Landscaping and Landscape Planning in her home country at Slovak Technical University. She got a taste of international academic environment at Universität für Bodenkultur in Vienna, Austria.

She enjoyed this international experience so much that she continued her studies at Københavns Universitet in Denmark, where she studied Landscape architecture and Urban design.

Traveling became her passion, and she traveled a lot since. She is the only person in the team who can (still, hopefully :-) speak Danish. She likes riding her bike around Prague and to the office. And in her professional field of interest, she is very keen on innovational technologies.

Lukáš Pinkava

Architect

His alma mater is Czech Technical University, where he enrolled to study Construction and Transport. However, he soon realized that bridge engineering is not the best career choice for him. And so he changed it for Faculty of Architecture which was located in the same building.

He admires architecture of clean geometrical shapes with a clearly defined logic, a clear concept and genius modular systems. He uses natural materials in their natural structures and colours, and he often complements these with a strong colour accent and unexpected details.

Lukáš believes that landscape architecture is more than a mere queen of arts – it dictates mutual respect and harmony with nature.

And otherwise, when there is time, he enjoys traveling. He is an avid photographer and zoologist. He loves sun, water and Scandinavian design.

Petra Benešová

Office Manager

Petra studied in Hradec Králové. After graduation, she spent a year studying English at Holmes Colleges in Melbourne, Australia. For a while, she worked in for a multinational corporation.

Petra joined our team recently. She takes care of the office and tries to take the burden of administrative tasks off her colleagues’ shoulders. She deals with invoices and contracts, suppliers and public administration bodies.

When she has a free moment, she likes doing sports. Petra is a runner. And a tennis player. And also, although it might not be obvious due to the nature of her job, Petra loves doing anything where she can be creative.

SL / Contact

ŠMÍDOVÁ LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS s.r.o.
Prvního pluku 320/17 (4th floor)
186 00 Prague 8
Czech Republic

T: +420 608 235 674
E: info@smidova-la.com

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