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Šárecký dvůr /

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

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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 / People

Our studio works both with architects and experts in other fields.

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 :-)

Adéla Černohorská

Office manager

An ophtalmic technician by trade, she is a naturally reliable and careful lover of order. Whenever she is in the studio, things calm down a great deal. She is in charge of accounting, financial services and contracts for our studio.

And when she is not busy at work, she returns to her role of a wife and a full-time mother. She also likes fashion and dancing, and she says she is an amateur at both.

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.

Martina Valachová

Architect

Martina studied architecture at Czech Technical University (ČVUT). She spent a year studying at Technische Universität Darmstadt in Germany. She would like to travel around France and get to know its culture better. She admires how the French have blended modern and traditional architecture.

 

In her work, she prefers simplicity and variability, and she enjoys working on her own projects. Martina enjoys traveling; she enjoys high altitude hiking and climbing, and she is also involved in orienteering, sometimes as a winning competitor and sometimes as competition organizer.

Jan Procházka

Architect

He received his diploma from Czech Technical University (ČVUT). As a student, he spent some time at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, where he was working on Architecture as Bottom-up Urbanism.

Since his university days, he has been an observer of his environment, both man-made and natural. He is all about detail down to the last cobble stone.

When Jan is not working, he enjoys traveling, mountain climbing or looking forward to sharing the view with his baby daughter.

Alena Burešová

Landscape architect

Alena has more than 20 years of experience in landscape architecture ranging from dendrological prospecting to transport buildings. She became interested in landscaping while still in high school. She studied horticulture at Faculty of Horticulture in Lednice and, later, architecture at Czech Technical University.

Alena is very hands-on and she insists things have a purpose. In everything. She believes landscape is a phenomenon in the true sense of the word, physically and metaphysically J And so, her creativity is respectful, drawing from diversity and variety found in nature.

In her free time, she upholds local cultural traditions where her ancestors were born and were she enjoys living in close contact with nature, surrounded by her own garden.

Barbora Kuciaková

Landscape architect

Barbora graduated from Slovak University of Agriculture as a landscape architect, and she spent a year at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

She is an avid photographer, always on the lookout for a good picture, meeting new people, cultures and countries. She always enjoys going back to her home in Slovakia, which she feels best in the mountains, with a camera in her hand.

Barbora is a culture lover. When she is not outdoors, you will find her at a concert, in a museum or at an interesting lecture.

She is also very active in sports. Her favourites are jogging and jumping. Oh and by the way, she used to play floorball for the Nitra Floorball League😉

YOU CAN BE A PART OF OUR TEAM

We might just be looking for new people to join our team. If you are interested, send us a few words about yourself and attach your CV and portfolio. We will let you know whether we are interested in some form of cooperation. It may be handy to have your portfolio also in the future, should we look for new team members. We are also interested in establishing cooperation with experts from related fields.

Email us at info@smidova-la.com.

SL / Contact

ŠMÍDOVÁ LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS s.r.o.
Křižíkova 213/44
186 00 Prague 8
Czech Republic

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

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