The Faculty of Civil Engineering celebrates the 20th anniversary since its establishment this year together with the 10th anniversary of the Department of Architecture. How is the department doing? What is architecture good for? Not only that you can read it in the article, which features opinions of its head, Assoc. Prof. Ing. Martina Peřinková, Ph.D.
Martina Peřinková decided to study architecture already when she was in the fourth grade of a primary school. She comes from a civil engineering family, always enjoyed drawing, and therefore felt more familiar with the more artistic civil engineering discipline.“ When I was little I always wanted to be a fashion designer, then decided to be an architect,“ adds Martina Peřinková. According to her, architecture is an applied art. „Above all, it is a creative work that bears some visible fruit and serves other people,“ she says. She admits, however, that it is a difficult, demanding, and a responsible job with some very high requirements. There is a great interest among the secondary school students to study this branch. But many of them do not know what the work of an architect is about. „The students have four years to decide if they would like to works as architects or engineers at our faculty,“ she adds. Architecture is generally considered to be the highest form of civil engineering. It brings artistic perception, and added value in the form of beauty and aesthetics. The Department of Architecture and the entire Faculty of Civil Engineering, VŠB-TUO, are celebrating their ‘double’ anniversary this year. Changes between the initial and the current students are quite visible. Seventeen years ago, electronization was not as widespread as it is today. Today‘s students have the advantage of being able to acquire a large amount of information that they can get hold of very quickly. „But it requires some discipline, orientation and selection, and there is no space to have a fear,“ adds Martina Peřinková.The Head of Ostrava Department of Architecture is a native of Ostrava, and is very fond of this city. „It is important to like the city, especially for people who try to build something here. To promote certain matters takes a great deal of enthusiasm and patriotism. „We find a lot of beautiful buildings in Ostrava, but there are also places that the locals do not like very much. It is especially a former department store, the Ostravica Textilia, or an office building torso near the Regional Authority. It would be great if Ostravica could still be somehow saved. It is an important building of the historical city centre, creating a border between the ‘old’ centre and contemporary Karolina part. „However, it is a matter of will.Ostravica is in an attractive and mainly lucrative site; it is quite noticeable. It is more about the location; the developers and building owners in most cases try to build new buildings that meet today‘s technological requirements. The city must be a qualified and strong partner to stand up to these actors,“ says Martina Peřinková. The Lower District of Vitkovice is very good. From the perspective of historical architecture, Olomouc, one of the most beautiful cities, fascinates her the most. „Almost every city has something beautiful in it. Some will absorb you with its historical silhouette, others for its dynamic presence,“ she smiles.
And where does she see the department in ten to fifteen years? „I believe that we can accomplish some fundamental things, establish our own PhD studies, accredit habilitation and professorship procedures. To lay foundations. It will be more difficult to get these things done at a university that has a lower number of students than the ones in Prague or Brno, however it is necessary“ describes Martina Peřinková her vision. She also hopes to continue developing international cooperation. Martina has put together several courses that she now teaches with colleagues in English. She often goes on exchange study stays and assumed that all her colleagues and students at the university would have a similar desire. „It came to me a big surprise that it was not the case. And it makes no sense to me that most students lack this need,“ she says. „To study or teach abroad is the right way. It is enormously enriching. The experience is non-transferable,“ concludes Martina Peřinková.
TEXT: Barbora Urbanovská‘16
PHOTO: Respondent’s Archive
Source: Alumni Magazine 2/2017