Tomáš Sklenář

Certified garden architect

Where did you study and in what field?

I started to study at the Secondary Forestry School in Žlutice. This was followed by the Horticultural College in Mělník and then Mendel University of Agriculture and Forestry in Brno, majoring in Garden and Landscape Architecture. Since 2009 I am a certified architect in the field of landscape architecture and a member of IFLA, International Federation of Landscape Architects. After graduating, I competed a six-month internship at Filoli Garden, California, which I found crucial to working in my field.

What do you like most about garden architecture?

In a garden architecture, I enjoy its variety, from small terraces to landscaping, from private tailor-made gardens to communal spaces for the public, working with natural material versus minor architecture.

Where do you get inspiration for your work?

From the surroundings all around us, from successful projects. I like to work in a team where everyone influences the final design. I draw inspiration traveling around the world, I am sensibly aware of all that is around me. From the Internet and print publications.

Which project do you like best and why?

In the case of implemented projects, I like the garden in Ruzyně and the garden with a water canal in Rychnov nad Kněžnou. Both are exceptional – from the investor-architect- company implemented this garden. In my opinion, this is the only way to create a beautiful garden. Projects that are still in progress, it is definitely the Park for Škoda Auto in Mladá Boleslav and the design of Žižkovo Square in Prague 3.

Your hobbies, life motto?

I like taking pictures of landscape and architecture. I am very fulfilled with traveling – Britain, Turkey, a two-month road trip across the USA, Israel, Syria, Georgia, Armenia, Croatia, China and Thailand. I used to hitchhike and camping or slept in nature under the sky, although, nowadays I am travelling by car or by train. No wallow!

Life motto: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” and “Experience doesn’t have to be positive when it’s intense”

Your favourite place in the world?

San Francisco and Barcelona, if I ever decided to leave, I would somehow finally learn Spanish.

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