Being part of the editorial board of
POSITIV Business & Style magazine is
a great honour and a challenge for me. The
relationship between local governments
and entrepreneurs is very important and
every mayor should respect all private
entrepreneurs who do business in the
municipality and employ local citizens.
Many entrepreneurs are also the shapers
of the image of towns and villages. We
know the example of Tomáš Baťa and Zlín
from the past. By the way, Tomáš Baťa was
also the mayor of Zlín from 1923–1932.
That is why I see the connection between
municipal politics, architecture, urban
planning and entrepreneurship as a very
important synergy for the future and
development of our region.
Architecture has been with me basically since
childhood. I decided to study architecture at
the age of ten, and the main credit for that
goes to my uncle, who was a fan of modern
architecture and had a lot of books about it.
I used to flip through them every time I visited.
That‘s how I fell in love with architecture.
I basically developed an addiction.
I studied architecture at the Czech Technical
University in Prague and worked on my
diploma project under the guidance of
the first lady of Czech architecture, Alena
Šrámková. When we parted, she said to me,
‘You should go back to Moravia and try to
educate them about architecture—don't let
there be "stupid barracks"’, so I went.
After school, I worked in several architectural
studios in Ostrava (OSA projekt,
PROJEKTSTUDIO, Ranný Architects, ARS
Vítkovice) and Ostrava grew close to my
heart. I worked in Vítkovice for seven years
and participated in the transformation of the
area of Dolní Vítkovice. This steel city is simply
unique, something nobody else has, with at
least three exclamation marks!!! Working on
many projects has been a unique experience
that some architects don‘t get to experience
in a lifetime. I was lucky enough to meet the
architects Josef Pleskot and Jan Světlík, who
brought the whole area of Dolní Vítkovice to
life in a unique way.
Destiny then took me to the City of
Ostrava to work as a planning officer in
the Department of the Chief Architect
of the City of Ostrava. However, my
main job was to organise architectural
competitions for the city of Ostrava.
That‘s where I found myself. I participated
in the organisation of two conceptual
competitions for the public space in front
of the Gallery of Fine Arts of Ostrava and
in front of the Cathedral of Msgr. Šrámek.
Furthermore, there was a competition for
a new residential building in the centre
of Ostrava at the crossing of Kostelní
and Biskupská streets. I most warmly
remember the architectural and urban
planning competition for the Ostrava
concert hall. It is an experience that will
stay with me for a lifetime. We managed
to organise an international competition
in which renowned architectural studios
from all over the world took part. The
winner was the world-renowned architect
Steven Holl, and I see this as one of the
most important projects for Ostrava ever.
I hope Ostrava succeeds in bringing this
project to life because Ostrava deserves it.
Our region is beautiful and quality;
can take it even further. I will always
fight for it.
By a series of many coincidences, I became
the mayor of Příbor in 2018 and so began
the next stage of my life. As mayor, I use all
the experience I have gained so far in my
work experience. I try to raise awareness
of architecture among other cities. I reach
out to mayors not to be afraid of modern
architecture and I have participated in
many juries and competitions related to
architecture and urban architects. I also try
to have discussions with conservationists,
because every period of our history needs
to be imprinted on the face of our cities
and only time will tell whether this imprint
will be essential or not. I am an optimist
in this matter and am ready to share my
experience with every person who is
interested. Our region is beautiful and
quality; cutting-edge architecture can take
it even further. I will always fight for it.
Ing. arch. Jan Malík, Mayor of Příbor
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