Petr Franta

Architect, PETR FRANTA ARCHITECTS & ASSOC.

Topic: 1990 - 2017 Prague Architecture

Petr Franta studied architecture and urban design 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 Montréal, 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 a 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 Québec, and after completing the required local practical experience, he received a professional license 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 Montréal 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 Jetelová on monumental sculptures for public locations and museums.  He became a member of the Architekten Kammer Nord Rhein Westfalen in Düsseldorf in 1990,  at which time he returned to Prague and joined with Michal Brix to form the architectural atelier Brix & Franta Architects, Ltd. in 1991.  This partnership was dissolved in 1997 when he formed the studio Petr Franta Architects & Assoc, Ltd.  He is a member of the Czech Chamber of Architects, since 2004 of the Slovak Chamber of Architects, Order of Architects of Quebec (1981) and AIA Europe (2000).

In recent years Petr has been a regular visiting lecturer on subjects of Architecture and Urban Design at McGill University in Montreal and at the Canadian Center for Architecture in Montreal.

Petr Franta Architekti have over last twenty years completed a number of significant and prestigious projects both in the Czech Republic and abroad. Among these are: commercially successful award-winning projects Palac Flora shopping center and office/residential complex Zahrebska 23-25 (AIA Europe Award 2000) in Prague 2, residential block Jubileum in Prague 7, which consists of 100 apartments and additional commercial spaces, Terminal 1 at the Prague International airport also nominated for Mies van der Rohe European prize award, reconstruction of the St. Cross Chapel at the historical Prague Castle and conversion of the Emperor’s Stables into museum-quality climate control art gallery (Grand Prix of Czech Architects) also at the Prague Castle, design of the Czech Cubism exhibition in Montreal, Canada and design for the permanent exhibition of Czech Cubism in the Prague Museum of Cubism, the Roman Catholic church in Luhacovice, CR, which was nominated for the Building of the Year, and a proposal for the master plan of the new Czech Quarter, in Shanghai, China, just to name a few.