Illustrative photo – On December 11, 2019, on the occasion of the 110th anniversary of its opening, a ceremonial meeting of former and current employees was held at the East Bohemian Theater in Pardubice. The picture shows the director of the theater Petr Dohnal and the architect Miroslav Řepa.,Image: 669956376, License: Rights-managed, Restrictions: , Model Release: no, Credit line: ČTK/Vostárek Josef
The prominent architect Miroslav Řepa from Pardubice died on Tuesday in Prague at the age of 93. ČTK was informed about this by Zuzana Nováková from the office of the Governor of the Pardubice Region. His father, Karel Řepa, was also a well-known architect, and in 2015, his son received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Community of Architects.
Miroslav Řepa was the author or co-author of the Czechoslovak pavilions at the Expo 1967 and 1970 world exhibitions. He was also the technical director of the pavilion at the Expo in Seville in 1992. He participated, among other things, in the reconstruction of the National and State Theater in Prague and the theater in Pardubice. Together with their father Karel Řepá, they were the authors of the Municipal Theater project in Zlín.
The native of Pardubice studied at the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Prague, after which he was accepted at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. After completing his studies, he worked briefly with his father. Řepa gained experience as a designer at the Military Design Institute in Pardubice, later at the Regional Design Institute in Zlín, where he worked until 1961.
Řepa also successfully engaged in exhibition activities. In 1993, the Prague Castle Administration invited him to curate an exhibition of the Slovenian architect Josip Plečnik, which was later transferred to other cities around the world (one of Plečnik's students was also Karel Řepa, who designed a number of buildings in Pardubice, such as the train station). Subsequently, Miroslav Řepa was appointed chief curator of the unique exhibition Ten Centuries of Architecture in the Castle grounds.
The Pardubice region collaborated with Miroslav Řepá on some projects. “We will miss him. His nobility, decency, sense of tact and positive thinking always inspired me a lot. I probably never saw him angry. He was always smiling. He liked Pardubice very much not only because of the architecture, but also because of the large number of personal friends. I would like expressed his sincere condolences to the whole family,” said the governor Martin Netolický (3PK/ČSSD).
Řepa was also a valid member of the jury for the Pardubice Region Building of the Year competition for several years. “In addition, he was also a natural social entertainer, a great storyteller, a gourmand, a lover of red Merlot, a world traveler with a lot of experiences, and therefore a great outlook on life. But at the same time, he was a very well-read, wise person, with great feeling, empathy and innate elegance. It was certainly a holiday not only for me to be in his company,” said Deputy Governor Roman Línek (Coalition for the Pardubice Region. In 2013, the architect was awarded the Prize for Services to the Pardubice Region, which he received at the castle in Pardubice.