PULSE is a bubble bursting platform, which inspires, educates and fosters the exchange of best practices within the creative region of Central Europe – spanning the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, and Austria. PULSE connects three creative disciplines –⁠ architecture, interior design, and product design, catering to architects, designers, developers, business representatives, the professional community, academia, politicians, and municipalities.

This year's pilot edition featured a series of afternoon lectures called PULSE TALKS, which provided insights from various Central European speakers.

PULSE 2024

PULSE Milan 2024
(Milano Centrale) Salone del Mobile Milano
April 15—24 2024

A curated exhibition of a wider selection of PULSE AWARDS nominees together with presentation of PULSE concept and mission. All happening in DROPCITY, the new pulsing space of Milano Centrale, the center of architecture and design → here a traveling concept is created.

PULSE Ostrava
(Dolní Vítkovice, Ostrava, the Czech Republic)
PULSE International Architecture & Design Festival
May 2—3 2024

A series of conferences, discussions and networking events.

  • Gala evening – shortlist announcement of PULSE AWARDS ceremony & announcement of the PULSE RISING STARS awards, together with the awarding of the Jan Kaplicky internship.
  • Exhibition openings
    – Retrospective of Jan Kaplický,
    – Pulse International Architecture & Design Festival Selection – the best of architecture, interior design and product design from the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria.

The accompanying program, but above all the annual meeting for the best in the field and the region.

PULSE Talks and Gala 2024
(Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague)
June 2024

International conference and the ceremony announcing the PULSE AWARDS winners.

PULSE TALKS will reimagine, connect and inspire the creative environment of a diverse region – the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Poland and Austria, countries that together form the beating heart of Europe.

This top-notch two-day curated program, featuring insightful talks and lectures by world speakers, engaging discussions with influential industry personalities, and networking events will be followed by the grand evening event, PULSE GALA.

At the PULSE GALA, winners will be ceremoniously announced across various categories:

  • Architecture (public construction, private construction, reconstruction)
  • Interior Design (public project, private project, reconstruction)
  • Product Design (product design, object of desire, promotion)

The awards include a Public Choice Award in each category and emphasize the prestigious JAN KAPLICKY AWARD for a lifetime achievement. The event will be held at the new Academy of Art, Architecture, and Design building in Prague. The university is an official partner of PULSE.

PULSE 2023

Pulse Talks and Gala 2023

The entire long-term project, PULSE, was introduced during this year's pilot edition on June 22nd at the UMPRUM Technology Center located in Mikulandská Street in Prague. The introduction included an afternoon series of PULSE TALKS lectures and the grand evening event, PULSE GALA.

PULSE 2023

Among this year's speakers were world-renowned architectural icon Daniel Libeskind, originally from Poland, Judit Horváth, the head of the Budapest Museum of Applied Arts, and Adam Štěch, a leading Czech theorist and journalist who presented creative works from the entire Central European region.

Pulse Talks Speakers 2023

Daniel Libeskind
World-renowned architect, professor and founder of Studio Libeskind
Daniel Libeskind

Polish-American architect, Daniel Libeskind is an international figure in architecture and urban design. Informed by a deep commitment to music, philosophy, and literature, Mr. Libeskind aims to create architecture that is resonant, original, and sustainable.

Libeskind established his architectural studio in Berlin, Germany, in 1989 after winning the competition to build the Jewish Museum in Berlin. In February 2003, Studio Libeskind moved its headquarters from Berlin to New York City to oversee the master plan for the World Trade Center redevelopment, which is being realized in Lower Manhattan today.

Daniel Libeskind’s practice is involved in designing and realizing a diverse array of urban, cultural and commercial projects around the globe. The Studio has completed buildings that range from museums and concert halls to convention centers, university buildings, hotels, shopping centers and residential towers. As Principal Design Architect for Studio Libeskind, Mr. Libeskind speaks widely on the art of architecture in universities and professional summits. His architecture and ideas have been the subject of many articles and exhibitions, influencing the field of architecture and the development of cities and culture.

Alice Stori Liechtenstein
Design curator and organizer of the prestigious Schloss Hollenegg for Design project
Alice Stori Liechtenstein

Alice Stori Liechtenstein is an Italian independent curator specialised in contemporary design. After studying architecture and design in Milan and Barcelona, she worked a number of years as an exhibition designer. From 2014 to 2017 she wrote a daily design blog, during which time she started analysing the changes in the disciplines related to design.

She is the founder of Schloss Hollenegg for Design, an international project based in Austria, to support design culture by offering an exhibition platform and a residency program to young emerging designers. She has curated Operae in Turin in 2017, Design after Darwin in Venice in 2018, Alcova Sassetti in Milan in 2019. She is a public speaker and regularly undertakes jury duties (for Villa Noailles, Archiproducts, The Design Prize, Designmonat Graz, Collectible, Bruxelles). She is a lecturer for the Exhibition Design Master at the FH Joanneum in Graz.

Judit Horváth
Head of the Design Department of the Museum of Applied Arts Budapest
Judit Horváth

Judit Horváth Dr. is a highly influential figure in the world of contemporary art and design. As the driving force behind the establishment of the Contemporary Design Department at the Museum of Applied Arts Budapest in 2015, she has shaped its vision and curated numerous exhibitions. With over 150 exhibitions connected to her name since 1999, Judit has a deep understanding of the international contemporary art and design scene.

Apart from her leadership role at the museum, Judit is a Lecturer at the Doctoral School of the Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design. She also serves as a member of the Professional Advisory Board of the Hungarian Fashion & Design Agency, contributing her expertise to the development and promotion of the Hungarian fashion and design industry. With decades of experience in both the public and private sectors, Judit has a broad perspective and a keen eye for emerging trends.

Judit Horváth Dr.'s dedication, expertise, and unwavering commitment to contemporary art and design have solidified her reputation as a respected figure.

Adam Štěch
Theoretician, journalist and curator in the field of design and architecture
Adam Štěch

Prague-based Adam Štěch is an architectural writer, curator and explorer. Born in Děčín in 1986, he has been active in the fields of design, architecture, fashion and graphic arts as a theorist, journalist and curator since 2006. He is Editor of Prague-based design magazine Dolce Vita and a contributor to several international magazines including Wallpaper*, Damn, Mark, Frame and many more. He teaches at Scholastika in Prague.

Jan Kaplicky Award 2023
a Lifetime Achievement Award

During the gala evening, the Jan Kaplicky Award, a lifetime achievement award, was presented, and the distinguished guest, Daniel Libeskind, personally accepted this accolade.

Jan Kaplicky Award 2023

The award was sponsored by the Kaplický Centre Foundation and crafted by the company Lasvit.