What is your profession?
I studied production machines at the Faculty of Civil Engineering, Czech Technical University in Prague, where I earned my master’s as well as doctoral degree. For the last 15 years, I have worked in vehicle development. I currently specialize in the functional safety of control unit software.
How did you become a tour guide?
Ever since I was a child, I’ve been passionate about Prague, its architecture and history. At first, I only guided my friends (Czech as well as from abroad). I always wanted to be an architect or an architecture historian. Although I originally wanted to study architecture, my family eventually convinced me to study civil engineering.
Which building/part of Prague or architectural style is your favorite?
I like functionalism and Prague’s old factories. If I were to choose one architecture project, it would definitely be Baba, the unique colony of villas in Dejvice, but I have many favorite buildings in the city. You can check out my Instagram account @petao2018, where I post mainly about Prague architecture and traveling.
How long have you been working with Open House Prague and what do you like about it?
I started working with Open House Prague in October 2018 during an event which celebrated the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia. I’m very happy that I have this experience as a volunteer because Open House Prague does a wonderful job and helps us deepen our relationship with our beloved city. Before I started volunteering, I had attended all the previous OHP festivals, and it was always incredibly exciting. Thank you for giving me a chance to focus on my hobby.
What are your hobbies?
I like traveling and photography, I’m interested in the history of architecture and all things Prague.