Born in Czechoslovakia, Eva Jirinica attended the University of Prague and the Prague Academy of Fine Arts. She progressed rapidly from the Greater London Council architecture department, to the Louis de Soissons Partnership, before joining Richard Rogers’ practice. A chance meeting with the fashion designer Joseph Ettedgui, led to a commission to design his flat, and a succession of shops for Joseph and other retailers. Large-scale projects include the transport interchange at Canada Water, and several high-profile commissions in Prague, including a contemporary steel-and-glass orangery in the historic setting of Prague Castle. Eva is committed to architectural education; giving talks and workshops to students internationally. The Czech Ministry of Culture recognised Eva’s significant contribution to architecture and design, with a unique Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2013, The Architectural Association awarded her the Jane Drew prize, for a Lifetime Achievement in Architecture.