EKA ARCH LIMITED
13 Stanley Road, Criccieth
Gwinedd, Wales, LL52 0EH
+44(0) 7857 858 328
+44(0) 7933 326 661
architecture & planning
Prague 2, 120 00
+420 732 640 520
+420 603 367 059
The practice is experienced in designing a wide range of building types including: office, residential, transport, education, culture, leisure, retail, civic and healthcare. The quality of its designs has been recognised with several of architecture’s awards.
An ‘Open System’ philosophy is employed at every level, to enable design and leaders to collaborate and contribute their individual expertise. Our meetings provide a vital forum for discussion of current competitions and on-going projects, as well as a platform for creativity and new solutions appropriate to each design. This collegiate approach to the work of the practice is embodied in a constitution that consciously brings a dimension of system focused at future visions.
GAVALEC & EKA ARCHITECTS is one of the most innovative architecture and integrated design practices in the world. Over the past two decades the practice has reached a sustainable approach to architecture through a strikingly wide range of work. Based in the UK, with offices in Prague, the practice has an international reputation.
Our commitment to research and development has allowed us to bring our combined expertise to bear on a wide range of projects. The practice reflects this rich mix of cultural connections; the team is young and cosmopolitan and together we speak some ten languages. Talents and ideas can flow more freely when architects, structural and environmental engineers work together creatively from the beginning of a project. By doing so, they can combine their knowledge, and learn from one another, to devise sustainable, fully integrated design solutions. Alongside the architects and engineers are the many specialist teams whose expertise underpins our approach.
THE WAY WE WORK
From the beginning, we have pioneered a sustainable approach to design, through work that spans the spectrum from masterplans to furniture. Our approach is sensitive to location and culture, often combining the latest advances in building technology with techniques drawn from vernacular tradition; and we harness the skills, enthusiasm and knowledge of integrated design teams, clients and communities to create inspirational environments.
By working together creatively from the start of a project, architects and engineers combine their knowledge to devise integrated, sustainable design solutions. From appointment to completion, the design teams are supported by numerous in-house disciplines, including project management and a construction review panel. And to ensure consistency and personal service, the same core team sees a project through from beginning to end. The design process is reviewed regularly by the Design Department, and the practice is led by the Partnership Board.
The design of each project is reviewed regularly, both formally and informally, under the direction of the Design Board, which is led by founder and Chairman Lubor Gavalec, Erik Kruzel and Mikulas Medlik. The Design Department has full responsibility for design within the office.
While its involvement is important in the early, conceptual design phases, it ensures continuity and quality at every stage of a project, as well as encouraging the sharing of expertise across the project teams. The Design Department was created in the spirit of challenging and being challenged. It also plays an important role in stimulating research, as well as in arranging cross-disciplinary design workshops on various issues, such as urban design and sustainability.
The Partnership Board is the key decision making board of the practice, it comprises Founder Lubor Gavalec, Erik Kruzel and Mikulas Medlik. It is responsible for the day to day management of the practice, its strategic direction and the setting of budgets, financial reviews and forecasts. Its members are directors of EKA ARCHITECTS, the principal trading company.