Czech-born Eva Jiřičná is to be awarded a lifetime achievement medal at the London Design Festival this month
Jiřičná was selected for the London Design Medal by a panel including deputy mayor of culture Justine Simons and V&A director Tristram Hunt.
The founder of Jiřičná Kerr Associates – now Eva Jiřičná Architects – has been operating in the UK for 50 years.
She began her career at the Greater London Council, before working for Richard Rogers Partnership, where she was responsible for the interior design of the Lloyds of London building.
A citation alongside the announcement of her award said Jiřičná creatively fused her engineering and architecture background with interior design. ‘By utilising lighting effects and material characteristics, she maximised space in an intriguing manner,’ it added.
Jiřičná – who scooped the Jane Drew Prize five years ago for her outstanding contribution to the status of women in architecture – will collect her latest gong at the British Land Celebration of Design on Monday 17 September at the Southbank Centre.
The London Design Medals pay tribute to designers who make a significant difference to lives through their innovation, originality and imagination.
Previous winners include David Adjaye, Zaha Hadid and Richard Rogers.
In 2014, Jiřičná told the AJ that women architects should get out on site.