Ondřej Chybík was born in Brno, Czechia, in 1985. He is a co-founder of the Chybik+Kristof practice. He graduated from architecture and urban design at Brno Univesity of Technology, at Graz University of Technology and at ETH Zürich. His work was exhibited in Museum of Modern Art in New York. He worked for PPAG practice in Vienna. He was a member of international architecture competitons juries in Italy, Slovakia or Czechia.
Michal Krištof was born in Kláštor pod Znievom, Slovakia in 1986. He is a co-founder of the Chybik+Kristof practice. He graduated from architecture and urban design at Brno Univesity of Technology and at Sint-Lucas School of Architecture in Ghent. He worked for Bjarke Ingels Group in Copenhagen. He was a member of international architecture competitons juries in Italy, Slovakia and Czechia.
Chybik+Kristof Architects & Urban Designers is an architecture and urban design practice founded in 2010 by Ondřej Chybík and Michal Krištof. Today operating with 50+ international team members from offices in Prague, Brno and Bratislava, the practice aims to bridge the gap between private and public space while transcending both generational and societal spheres. Taking into account local histories and environmental specificities, the studio works in the fields of architecture, urbanism, research, education and on a wide array of projects, ranging from urban development to public and private buildings.
The first time the practice was recognized internationally was in 2015 thanks to the Czech Pavilion on EXPO in Milan, awarded with a bronze medal. Recently completed realizations of the Chybik+Kristof atelier include for example Lahofer Winery and House of Wine in the region of South Moravia, both nominees of the EU Mies van der Rohe Award 2022; or Zvonařka Central Bus Terminal modernization in Brno, reviewed by international platforms such as Architectural Record, Dezeen or ArchDaily.
Chybik+Kristof architects are now working on various projects, for example the modernization of Mendel Square in Brno, a skyscraper in Ostrava, the Václav Havel Airport Extension in Prague or an Ice Hockey Arena in Jihlava. The studio has already been awarded a number of prizes, including the 2019 Vanguard Award from Architectural Record and the Europe 40 Under 40 Award in 2020.
Transformation and adaptation are the key approaches in contemporary architecure, according to both Ondřej Chybík and Michal Krištof. They also believe that today’s architects should play an active role in urban planning and be the initiators of necessary changes.