Senior lecturer in the Department of Theory and History of Art
Academy of Fine Arts Prague
Maria Topolčanská is an architect and curator of Czechoslovak Pavilion at Venice Architecture Biennial 2004, working as an educator, writer, editor, and researcher. She is the founder of an independent platform for education in arts and architecture Fake Cities True Stories, a collaborative project operating in the network educators from Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. In 2014, the Fake Cities True Stories was exhibited at the „No Perfect Schools So Far“ exhibition of the International Biennale of Graphic Design in Brno and at the “Archizines“ exhibition curated by Elias Redstone travelling globally across universities and art academies. Since recently F-CTS operates from Prague, the Czech Republic in a larger European network in the form of public lecture programs in collaboration with galleries and cultural spaces in Brno and Prague.
Maria holds a Master in Architecture and Urban Culture from the Barcelona School of Architecture ETSAB UPC University of Catalunya, Master in Architectural Design and PhD in Theory of Architecture from the School of Architecture FA STU in Bratislava. In the last five years, she was holding a lecturer/researcher position focusing on contemporary urban culture in post-socialist cities in several academies and schools of architecture in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. She has cooperated with artists in several artistic projects and experimental publishing/exhibition making - most recently as a curator of Another Place Festival and Graduate Exhibition 2018 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague, where she is holding a position of senior lecturer in the Department of Theory and History of Art.