Conference Program

Prague 20 / 20    A Joint Conference with the AIA International Region

Prague, Czech Republic

October 5th - 8th, 2017

Please Note:

Due to the limited visitor capacity at some venues, registration must be capped at 150 members and their guests.

AIA CES learning units for full conference registration: 17.5 (to be confirmed) 

We will not be visiting the Prague castle during the conference.  Please plan to see the castle on your own.

Thursday, 5th October 2017  (click on venue links for map location)

18:00 Registration Opens – Obecni Dum

18:00 Prague 20/20 Opening Reception – Obecni Dum

  • 2017 AIA National President’s Address Thomas Vonier FAIA

20:00 Dinner on your own

Friday, 6th October 2017 (click on venue links for map location)

8:00 Registration Opens – Waldstein Palace

8:30 Opening Remarks – Waldstein Palace

  • Steven Miller, FAIA, RIBA, International Region Representative Strategic Council
  • James M. Wright, FAIA President AIA International Region
  • Tiffany Melançon, SIA, Int'l Assoc. AIA, President AIA Continental Europe

9:00 The Architectural History of the Czech Republic from Charles IV to the 20th Century Modernist Movement – Waldstein Palace

  • ing. Arch. Otto Dvorak AIA, CKA, CDI/City Design International s.r.o.

10:00 Coffee Break

10:30 Prague Urbanism – Waldstein Palace

  • Martin Barry, reSITE
  • Ing. Arch. Petr Hlavacek

11:30 Smichov City Development – Waldstein Palace

  • Igor Klajmon Sekyra Group, Director of Development – Waldstein Palace

12:30 Sponsor Presentations – Waldstein Palace

  • Radim Kostial, Sipral, CEO
  • Miklos Szovenyi-Lux, Graphisoft

13:00 Lunch – Waldstein Palace

14:00 Guided Walking tour of Prague – 3 hours - Starts in Waldstein Palace

18:30 Dinner with Laufen – Laufen Showroom and Rooftop Terrace

Saturday, 7th October 2017 (click on venue links for map location)

8:30 Registration Opens – Waldstein Palace

9:00 The Architecture of DAM Architekti – Waldstein Palace

  • ing. Arch. Petr Burian, DAM Architekti, Partner

10:00 Sponsor Presentations – Waldstein Palace

  • Niv Raz, Dip Tech

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 Vincent Marani, American Architect in Prague – Waldstein Palace

  • Vincent Marani AIA, Marani Architects, Director

12:00 Sponsor Presentation – Waldstein Palace

  • Susanna Agne, Swiss Pearl

12:30 Lunch – Waldstein Palace

13:45 Prague Bus Tour, 3 hours – Departs from Waldstein Palace

18:00 Lobkowicz Palace Collection – Lobkowicz Palace

18:00 Cocktail Reception – Lobkowicz Palace

20:00 Gala Dinner – Lobkowicz Palace

  • 2017 AIA Europe Scholarship Award, Presenter Tiffany Melançon, SIA, Int'l Assoc. AIA
  • 2017 AIA International Region Design Awards, Presenter Dr. Christine E. Bruckner, FAIA

Sunday, 8th October 2017 (click on venue links for map location)

9:00 AIA Europe Chapter Meeting – Waldstein Palace

10:15 Presentation by 2017 AIA Europe Scholarship Recipient Johana Elizabeth Monroy

10:30 Coffee Break

11:00 The Psychology of Architecture – Waldstein Palace

  • Ing .Karel Smejkal Ph.D.

12:00 The Architectural works of Petr Franta – Waldstein Palace

  • ing. Arch. Petr Franta, Petr Franta Architekti

12:30 Lunch – Waldstein Palace

13:30 The Architectural works of Ladislav Labus – Waldstein Palace

  • Prof. ing. Arch. Ladislav Labus Hon. FAIA, Dean of Architecture, CVUT Faculty of Architecture

14:30 Subway to City Center

15:00 Tour of Office Building Narodni Trida

  • ing. Arch. Stanislav Fiala, Fiala + Nemes, Partner

20:00 Conference Closing Party – Doupe

*Please Note: We will not be going to the Prague Castle, Security Checkpoint for Entry takes 45 minutes. Please plan to see the castle on your own.

Monday, 9th October 2017, optional Brno visit, * 30 guests maximum *

8:45 Bus Leaves Prague – Hlavni Nadrazi, main train station, bus stop in direction to Brno, next to parking garage, Wilsonova Street

12:00 Group 1 - Tour of Villa Tugendhat by Mies van der Rohe

12:00 Group 2 - Lunch Café ERA

13:40 Group 1 - Lunch Café ERA

13:40 Group 2 - Tour of Villa Tugendhat by Mies van der Rohe

15:20 Tour of Brno City Center

17:00 Bus Leaves for Prague


* The Villa Tugendhat is closed on Mondays. Special arrangements have been made to accommodate two private group tours (15 people max. per tour) on this day. The Monday program requires separate registration and payment (see registration page). 

** It takes two hours to travel to Brno by bus. Estimated return time to Prague on October 9th is 19:30.

AIA Europe reserves the right to make minor changes in the final version due to circumstances beyond its control.


Conference Organizing Committee: 

  • Vincent Marani, AIA (Chair)
  • Steve Miller, FAIA (Co-chair)

Conference Steering Committee: Thomas Bitnar, FAIA; Tiffany Melançon, Int'l. Assoc. AIA, SIA; Loay Quota, AIA, RIBA; Sandra Zettersten, AIA. 


Registration opens on May 10, 2017. 

The language of the conference is English. 

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