Jiří Pelcl is a highly distinguished designer with a strong international reputation working across a number of media and materials. Professor and former Rector of the Prague Academy of Art, Architecture and Design (AAAD), the premier institution of its kind in the Czech Republic, established in 1885.
He studied at the Academy of Applied Art in Prague before studying furniture design at the Royal College of Art in London in the early 1980s. In 1987, he was a founder member of the postmodernist design group Atika. In 1990, he established his own architecture and design studio, Atelier Pelcl. In 1997, he was appointed Head of the Department of Architecture and Design at AAAD, becoming Rector there in 2002.
He has been engaged in the theory of design, has been publishing and holding visiting lectures at domestic and foreign universities ( Rietveld Academy, University of California Berkeley, Yale University New Haven, RCA London, ENSDI Paris ).
In 2006, he was awarded the Honorary Doctorate of the University of Brighton, in the same year he gained the National Design Prize of the Czech Republic, The Form Award and Design Plus Award in Germany.
Among his better-known commissions have been Vaclav Havel´s study in Prague Castle, the interiors of the St Laurence Church in Prague and the Czech Embassies in Rome and Pretoria, Gustav Mahler´s house in Kaliste. His work is widely known internationally and has been included in permanent design collections in many museums in the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Sweden.