One of Czechia’s most famous and respected architects, Josef Pleskot, was born on December 3, 1952, in the South Bohemian town of Písek. He was selected as the most influential person on the Czech architecture scene between the years 1990-2009.
Josef Pleskot’s work regularly represents Czech architecture at international exhibitions and he has received many prestigious awards. Originally, Pleskot wanted to be a painter, but his parents were against the idea. He therefore chose to become an architect instead. Among his most famous works are the Deer Moat (Jelení příkop) at Prague Castle, the headquarters of the ČSOB bank near Radlická metro station in Prague, or the New Palmovka town hall that is currently being constructed in Prague 8.
Pleskot also took part in the revitalisation of the industrial area of the ironworks in the city of Vítkovice and left his indelible signature on the centre of the East Bohemian town of Litomyšl. In 2014 he received the Architect of the Year award for his design of the Science and Technology Centre in Ostrava.
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