CZ / Michal Kohout

Housing Estates, What's Next? project leader

An architect and teacher, he heads the Building Theory Institute at the Czech Technical University, Prague; he also runs a course on housing and a design course at the same school. He has designed and co-designed dozens of projects, more than 30 of which were built; many have been presented at exhibitions of Czech and international architecture, and some of won awards. A registered architect, he is a co-founder of the UNIT architekti office, the Centre for Housing Quality, and Zlatý řez publishers, where he is a co-editor of a magazine of the same name. As a writer and editor, he has published a number of books and articles on modern Czech architecture and theory of the built environment. He has led many research projects and is an expert on public and professional housing policy.

NL / Joop de Haan

Director of Bijlmermeer Renovation Planning Office

There are three parties responsible for the renovations: Woningstichting Rochdale, the City District of Amsterdam-Zuidoost, and the Municipality of Amsterdam. The Projectbureau Vernieuwing Bijlmermeer (PVB, the planning office for the renewal of the Bijlmermeer) has been commissioned by these parties to implement the physical renovations. The PVB is also cementing a relationship between the physical and socio-economic renovations, and is laying the foundation for management updating. Many residents, companies, developers, government agencies, disciplines and providers of subsidies are involved in the many sub-projects in this renewal. The PVB is ensuring the synchronisation of all those involved with regard to time, quality, money, information, organisation and communication.

NL / Willem van der Steen

Senior project leader in Rochdale housing company

Rochdale is a Dutch housing corporation involved in the Bijlmermeer transformation. History of Rochdale began in 1906 and till today they manage approximately 39 000 of social rented homes and about 3 000 of other units, such as free-sector rental housing, shops and various commercial spaces. Rochdale is also active in the area of student housing as they cooperate with DUWO company since 2004 and have built several student complexes in Amsterdam.

NL / Hans Meijer and Klaas Waarheid

Van Schagen Architekten

Klaas Waarheid, Hans Meijer, and Gert Jan te Velde are owners in Van Schagen Architekten. Their office focuses on urban renewal and their work is demonstrated in many realizations throughout Netherlands. Van Schagen Architekten method of work is based on respect to existing structures, limited demolitions, and especially on conscious creation of new layers of built environment and setting up a flexibility of the city. “Quality of the city is largely determined by the degree of stratification of functions, age, and appearance.”

FR / Frédéric Schmidt

Director in Grand projet de ville Vaulx-en-Velin

Lyon’s suburb Vaulx-en-Velin is currently undergoing an urban regeneration in Grand projet de Ville. Project focuses on social disparities solution and consists both of spatial and social interventions. Grand projet de ville is co-commissioned by the state, Grand Lyon and Vaulx-en-Velin city. Frédéric Schmidt is director in Grand Projet de Ville in Vaulx-en-Velin which focuses on urban redevelopment of Lyon’s suburbs. Frédéric studied Applied Sociology and Local Development and is involved in Grand Lyon projects since 1997.

FR / Georges Bullion

Director of Dynacité, former Chair of the CECODHAS Housing Europe Sustainable Urban Working Group and member of the Executive Committee of the USH - L’Union Sociale pour l’Habitat

In between 2010 – 2014 Georges Bullion focused on housing estates urban renewal as a Chair of the CECODHAS Housing Europe Working Group on Sustainable Urban Development. At national level, he took part in the Executive Committee of the USH - L’Union Sociale pour l’Habitat, and acted as a Chair of the Working Group “Prospective Territoriale”.
Georges Bullion obtained doctorate in Economics from the University of Lyon and he currently acts as a General Director of Dynacité, a French social landlord managing 25,000 dwellings in the Rhone Alps region. Dynacité manages numerous programmes of urban renewal which include demolitions, rehabilitations and constructions of new dwellings, as well as complex programmes of urban development and social cohesion.

FR / Nancy Chenu

Urbanist in ANRU – National Urban Renewal Agency

ANRU (Agence nationale pour la rénovation urbaine) ensures the financing and implementation of urban renewal projects all around France. Policy of urban renewal is defined in “National programme of cities renewal”, document which is ANRU creating since February 2014 at the request of president Hollande. The main objective of the agency is to support complex projects of urban areas renewal with emphasis on social cohesion and functional diversity.

DE / Juliana Pantzer

Urbanist in the Department of Urban Renewal of Leipzig, Grűnau

Grünau with its nowadays 40,000 residents is still the biggest housing estate in Leipzig, even after the loss of almost 50,000 residents since the reunification. Several strategies have been developed and programs been used to deal with the shrinkage, spatial deficits, and increasing social problems. The municipality in cooperation with housing companies and civil stakeholders of Grünau is currently preparing a new strategy for Grünau since the loss of population is stopped and growth is predicted. After years in which vacancies, demolitions and brownlands have been the main issue for urban planning an integrated view on the future development of Grünau is possible.

DE / Stefan Rettich

KARO architekten

Stefan Rettich (*1968) is architect in Leipzig and Hamburg and partner of KARO* architects. He has taught at the Bauhaus Kolleg in Dessau from 2007-2011 and is since then Professor for theory and design at the School of Architecture Bremen. His main focus is on urban renewal, governance and participation in town planning as well as public space. With KARO* he was invited to various exhibitions, e.g. the XI. and the XII. architecture biennale in Venice and has been awarded with the European Price for Urban Public Space in 2010, the Brit Insurance Design Award in 2011 and was shortlisted for the Mies van der Rohe Award in 2011


CZ / David Tichý

Housing Estates, What's Next? project leader

An architect, teacher, and architecture theorist focused on intergenerational housing, he has a doctoral degree in architecture from the Czech Technical University in Prague. Together with Michal Kohout, he teaches design and the theory of residential buildings. In his practice, he focuses mostly on residential buildings and neighbourhood and community housing. He has received several prizes for his built projects. He is a founding member of the UNIT architekti office and a co-founder of the Centre for Housing Quality, Prague. He is a member of the UNECE Advisory Council of the Committee for Housing, and is involved in the making of housing policy and legislation.

CZ / Filip Tittl

Housing Estates, What's Next? project leader

An architect and urban planner, his final-year work about planning systems was selected as the best project in the Czech Republic in 2010 and was nominated for an Archiprix award. He is an expert on planning legislation, and collaborates with the Prague Institute of Planning and Development and the Czech Technical University in Prague. In both his practice and research, he specializes in systems of urban development, housing, and public spaces. He has led projects for the renewal of housing estates and also experimental planning projects. He is also a co-founder of the UNIT architekti office. From 2013 and 2017, he was the chief coordinator of the Housing Estates, What’s Next? project.

CZ / Michal Lehečka

Urban anthropologist

Michal Lehečka is urban anthropologist whose research focuses on post-war housing estate environment. Among his qualitative methods of research belong also stories of people that help him to discover how the built environment of housing estates is created and further developed. Michal Lehečka is also a member of a non-academic research group Anthropictures which offers expert consultations and "bottom-up" researches in the field. Actually he works as a community coordinator in Černý Most housing estate in Prague.

CZ / Martin Veselý

Urban anthropologist

Martin Veselý (*1985) is an urban anthropologist. He deals with the issue of local identity and people's identification with a place. In order to understand the process of local identification in an environment of large housing estate, he conducted a long-term field research in Southern city area. The housing estate's issue overlaps with other area of his interest - urban planning.

CZ / Rostislav Švácha

Paneláci project supervisor

Professor Rostislav Švácha (*1952) is a historian and a theorist of art and architecture, an university lecturer and also a professional guarantor of the grant project "Prefabricated Housing Estates in the Czech Republic as Part of the Urban Environment: An Evaluation and Presentation of Their Housing and Living Potential". The purpose of this five year long project (2013-2017) is the research and documentation of prefabricated housing estates in the Czech Republic, to capture their historical, cultural, and social aspects in the past as well as present, and to create educational models for their presentation.

CZ / Environmental Partnership

Robert Sedlák and Martin Nawrath

Environmental Partnership (in Czech Nadace Partnerství), is a leading Czech foundation and NGO supporting sustainable development solutions. It enables people to protect and improve their environment. For this purpose, it distributes grants, runs education programmes, and provides professional services (by means of Partnership public benefit organization, a sister subsidiary public benefit corporation). Its focus is on the issues of environmental protection, sustainable transport, and tourism, tree and water protection, and quality public spaces. Together with four affiliated foundations in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia it forms Environmental Partnership Association (EPA). Over 20 years of its existence, Environmental Partnership has distributed more than 238 million crowns (cca 12,5 million USD) among 2,722 projects in the Czech Republic alone.

CZ / Karel Maier

Architect, urbanist and university lecturer

Professor Karel Maier (*1951) is an architect, urbanist and an university lecturer. He is the head of Spatial Planning Department at the Faculty of Architecture CTU. In his work he focuses on topics of sustainable urban development, economic consequences of public and private investments and on institutional and legislative background of these processes.

CZ / Office for Public Space, Prague Institute of Planning and Development

Kateřina Frejlachová

Prague Institute of Planning and Development is a budgetary organization of the City of Prague. It was established as an expert body in the field of strategic development, city planning and land use planning. The organisation develops and coordinates documents in the field of strategic and spatial planning, public space, transport infrastructure, engineering, landscape, and economic infrastructure. The objective of the Institute is also to provide, update and apply the data and information received in applied research and in technical cooperation with universities, scientific research institutions and non-profit organizations, both on national and international level.

CZ / Václav Škarda


Václav Škarda (*1971) graduated from the Faculty of Architecture CTU in prof. Ladislav Lábus design studio. In 1999 he co-founded K2 architectural studio together with Jiří Poláček. Their work deals with all the levels of architecture – urban planning, architectural design, reconstructions, as well as interior architecture and design. In 2011 their project was nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Václav Škarda is also an associate member of the Quality Housing Centre which aims to link the research with teaching, architectural practice, and public service institutions.

CZ / Jana Drápalová

Politician, member of Brno municipal assembly

Jana Drápalová was firstly elected to Brno municipal assembly in 1994 and since then she is constantly active in Brno communal politics. Her main interest lies in topics such as living environment, city development, housing policies and transportation. Since 2002 Jana Drápalová is a mayor of Nový Lískovec in which she lead the modernization of prefabricated buildings and turned the quarter in one with the lowest energy consumption. Jana Drápalová was also involved in Eurocity commissions and numerous international projects implemented by Brno and cooperating cities. These experiences allowed her to improve her professional skills, learn more about non-profit sector role in the city development and about the functioning of civil society in many European countries.

SK / GutGut

Lukáš Kordík and Števo Polakovič

Architectural office GutGut is based in Bratislava and is active on various levels within the discipline of architecture – from architectural design to urban planning. Among one of their most significant projects belongs the renovation of prefabricated housing block in Rimavská Sobota. GutGut is also one of the founding members of OFCA – Office for Collaborative Architects. OFCA is an informal collective of various architects sharing and accumulating their capacities beside the work in their own studios. OFCA focuses on development and discussions about different projects including competitions, research, and grant projects.