Meet the Judges: Viktorie Souckova
During our interview series the judges will tell us what they are looking out for in a winning entry and why they think you should enter the WAN awards.
Viktorie Souckova is Managing Director of Bogle Architects’ Prague office. She has worked at Foster + Partners in London on the ‘Metropolitan Warsaw’ building in Poland and the Newbury Racecourse Grandstand in the UK. In 2007, she moved back to Prague where she has worked on the masterplan for Nakladove Nadrazi Zizkov and the ELI Beamlines International Laser Research Centre in Dolni Brezany, Prague (EUR 270 million, funded by the EU).
Why should people enter the WAN awards? What are the benefits in your view?
I believe the WAN awards offer a very wide range of categories so all architects can find a category to submit one of their projects to.
The quality of submitted projects is mostly very high. To be judged amongst the top in the world is challenging but also rewarding.
What attracted you to becoming a judge for the WAN awards?
The chairman of our architectural studio Ian Bogle kindly recommended me.
What sort of scheme would you most like to see among the entries?
I very much enjoy studying all of them. Especially when they have a clear idea and design and when the presentation is self-explanatory. Good schemes are usually well presented and it’s a joy getting to know them.
Tell us about some of recent projects you’re proud of:
The projects I am most proud of are the projects we are working on in the Prague office of Bogle Architects, where I am the director.
We are very lucky to have a broad spectrum of projects in various sectors. Alongside residential buildings and offices we are also designing the Czech National Rugby stand in Prague. The International Laser Centre ELI in Dolni Brezany. Also what is currently the largest educational campus for Charles University in the Czech Republic called Mephared II.