To date, I have worked internationally in New York, Los Angeles, London, Vienna, and
Bratislava. This experience has given me the chance to see the differences in operation
between small offices with under ten employees and global companies with over
400 employees. I had exposure to international cooperation, not just within the office
environment but on projects in China, Europe, and America, with teams of consultants
from various countries. Since May 2017, I have worked at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in
London, where I am the Senior Designer. I am responsible for investigating the feasibility
of design following the requirements, regulations, and preparation of data in sufficient
detail to allow consultants and specialists to develop their proposals. Most of the scope of
work is outside of the UK; it enables me to understand the differences in procedures from
planning application documents, to approach and communication with the client and with
consultants around the globe.
I began my architectural studies at the Slovak University of Technology, where I
received bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering, as well as in Architecture and Urban
Planning. I won ABF Slovakia BAKALAR 2013, the National Award for the best thesis
project, with my proposal for Mixed-Use Building in Ružinov, Bratislava. My undergraduate
studies provided me with the necessary technical understanding that enables me today
to approach successfully any challenge connected with technical code requirements.
Both graduate programmes supported my knowledge in design development
from concept to delivery and reinforced my appreciation of teamwork. I hold a Master of
Architecture from Hani Rashid Studio at the University of Applied Arts, and I received Ing.
arch (Architectural Engineer) in Architecture and Urban Design at the Slovak University of
Technology in Bratislava. During my graduate studies, I took part in exchange programmes
at the Vienna University of Technology and at the Southern California Institute in Los
Angeles, where I developed my interest in robotics and rapid prototyping in architecture.
My private and academic work has been exhibited internationally in Venice, Vienna,
Zlín, Bratislava, and Beijing. I have received numerous awards, including the Zlín Design
Week Award for Innovation in 2017.
OVERVIEW
I have worked internationally in New York, Los Angeles, London, Vienna, and Bratislava.  I had exposure to international cooperation, not just within the office environment but on projects in China, Europe, and America, with teams of consultants
from various countries. Since May 2017, I have worked at Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) in London, where I am the Lead Architect.
I worked on over 40 projects in 10 countries during my career, and I spent most of my time working in high-rise building design. I am fascinated by high-rise buildings and understand their consequences, not just at the urban scale but the human emotional response. To have the chance to undertake many high-rise projects in an international context is a privilege.
I began my architectural studies at the Slovak University of Technology, where I received bachelor's degrees in civil engineering, as well as in Architecture and Urban Planning. I won ABF Slovakia BAKALAR 2013, the National Award for the best thesis project, with my proposal for Mixed-Use Building in Ružinov, Bratislava. My undergraduate studies provided me with the necessary technical understanding that enables me today to approach successfully any challenge connected with technical code requirements.
Both graduate programmes supported my knowledge in design development from concept to delivery and reinforced my appreciation of teamwork. I hold a Master of Architecture from Hani Rashid Studio at the University of Applied Arts. I received Ing. arch (Architectural Engineer) in Architecture and Urban Design at the Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. During my graduate studies, I took part in exchange programmes at the Vienna University of Technology and the Southern California Institute in Los Angeles, where I developed my interest in robotics and rapid prototyping in architecture.
My personal and academic work has been exhibited internationally in Venice (Venice Biennale), Vienna, Zlín, Bratislava, and Beijing. I have received numerous awards, including the 2020 GRAND PRIX AWARD for Architecture and Innovation of the Sea from Foundation Jacques Rougerie Génération Espace Mer - Institut de France and the Zlín Design Week Award for Innovation in 2017.

"Architecture has the power to open up a discussion, create a platform and bring a systematic solution."
MArch. Ing.arch. Bc. Lenka Petráková ARB, RIBA
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