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Schindler / Fessler / Drahotova Studio



“Here, students work on conceptually-driven architecture projects. As they go along, they learn the theory and practice of architectural design in optimal balance. We emphasize working with models and free-hand drawing. In the development stage of the project, our focus is on abstraction and dialectical reasoning; we encourage the process of discovery through the practice of architecture. The studio follows a cumulative method of development – “from the inside-out“, which consists of a series of bi-weekly assignments and desk discussions through which the concept is developed and refined in a series of steps, each adding more scale and complexity to the project. This extended, dialectical structure of the studio is a process of working through the project from multiple perspectives, through layers and scales; this cultivates multi-dimensional reasoning applied to a specific situation and site. The aim here is to embody and represent an elemental meaning with clarity and purpose as a form of Architecture … to situate ideas into the world.”

Jan Schindler has been the Chair of the Architecture and Urban Design Studio since 2011.

He is an architect, founding member of a Prague-based architecture practice. Together with Ludvík Seko he founded SCHINDLER SEKO architects. Their first significant breakthrough came in 2005 in the form of an international competition for the River Gardens development in Prague 8 – Karlín, on the embankment Rohanské nábřeží. They have since built many large scale office and residential buildings across Prague, and their work is widely published. Their contemporary art museum, Kunsthalle Praha, in Mala Strana opened in early 2022. /

Elan Fessler has been teaching AD at ARCHIP since 2012.

He graduated from the Irwin S. Chanin School of Architecture of the Cooper Union, and moved to Prague with a Fulbright Scholarship. He is a licensed Czech and American architect and has worked in Pittsburgh, New York City and Prague. He also teaches Critical Writing, Contemporary Architecture and Theories and Introduction to the Discipline at ARCHIP. The work of his architectural studio Emerge/Native Architecture has won awards and has been published internationally. His co-authored book “A Passage Through Prague Architecture”, published by Tongji University Press, was released in late 2022.

Zuzana Drahotova has been teaching AD at ARCHIP since 2024.


She graduated from the University of Liechtenstein, Architectural Design and Theory, and from Czech Technical University in Prague, Architecture and Urban Planning. She is a licensed  Czech architect and has worked in Prague (ADR, Schindler Seko architects), in Vaduz (Hansjörg Hilti) and in Zurich (E2A). She is a co-author of Kunsthalle Praha and a practicing architect.