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Jan Kaplický: Visions of the Future

To coincide with the exhibition Home Futures, a panel of leading designers and curators explore the work of the late radical Czech architect Jan Kaplický.

What to expect

What can we learn from the work of Jan Kaplický when thinking about home and domestic architecture today? Join a panel of leading architects, designers and curators as they explore the work of the late radical Czech architect,the legacy of his futuristic designs and his dedication to finding new definitions of domesticity.

Radical neofuturist architect Jan Kaplický (18 April 1937 – 14 January 2009) is considered to be one of the most influential visionaries of modern architecture. He was the son of a sculptor and a botanical illustrator, and appropriately spent his career creating highly sculptural and organic forms. The architect moved to London in the late 1960s following the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia where he worked under architects Denys Lasdun, Renzo Piano and Richard Rogers before setting up London-based studio Future Systems with partner David Nixon in 1979. His best-known built work includes the Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground, which won the prestigious Stirling Price in 1999 and the World Architecture Awards in 2001, and the Selfridges store facade in Birmingham which gained the RIBA Award for Architecture 2004.

This talk brings together a group of leading architects, designers and curators to discuss the legacy of Jan Kaplický’s futuristic designs and his dedication to finding new definitions of domesticity.

This talk coincides with the Home Futures exhibition on display at the Design Museum between 7 November and 24 March

Booking information

Adult: £12

Student/Concession: £8

Members: £9


Deyan Sudjic

Deyan Sudjic (OBE) is Director of the Design Museum in London. Previously, Deyan was Director of Glasgow UK City of Architecture (in 1999 and 2002), Director of the Venice Architecture Biennale, Editor of Domus Magazine, and Founding Editor of Blueprint Magazine.


Eva Franch i Gilabert

Franch is an architect, curator, educator and lecturer of experimental forms of art and architectural practice. Franch specializes in the making of alternative architecture histories and futures. Since August 2018, Franch is the the Director of the Architectural Association in London.

Dr Irena Murray

Dr Irena Murray is an architectural historian, curator, writer and translator and Executive Director of the Kaplický Centre Foundation. Her research interests focus on transnational architecture and on modernism.

Richard Rogers

Richard Rogers, founder of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, is a pre-eminent architect of his generation. From the Pompidou Centre to Lloyd’s of London, and from airports to cancer centres, the buildings that he and his partners have designed blend private use, public space and civic value.

Related exhibition

Home Futures

Explore today’s home through the prism of yesterday’s imagination. Are we living in the way that pioneering architects and designers throughout the 20th century predicted, or has our idea of home proved resistant to real change?

Czech Centre

This talk forms part of the Czech Centre London’s programme of events celebrating the centenary of establishing Czechoslovakia.