Jiri Lev

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Jiri Lev
Jiri Loew

1979 (age 40–41)
NationalityAustralia, Czech Republic
EducationMaster of Architecture
Alma materUniversity of Newcastle (Australia)
Years active1998–present
OrganizationAustralian Institute of Architects
Known forAdvocacy of and education in sustainable architecture and urban design
Home townPrague

Jiri Lev (/ˈjɪrɪ ˈlɛv/, Czech: Jiří Lev; born 1979) is an Australian building and urban designer, working in the field of sustainable public, residential and disaster-relief development.[1][2]

Lev's works are known for their prolific use of sustainable, natural or near-raw construction materials and construction methods (Gulgong Holtermann Museum,[3][4] Courtyard House[5], Angkor School campus, River Retreat cabin) such as locally sourced timber, rammed earth, stone, hempcrete, canite or clay and lime renders.[6] He teaches sustainable and ethical architecture in lectures and workshops.[7][8]

Lev is the founder of ArchiCamp,[8][9][10][11] an annual grassroots gathering of Australian and international architects and architecture students, which first introduced the concept of loosely organised, guerilla style architect gatherings, directly assisting local communities that host them.[1][2]

In 2017, he influenced the public debate surrounding contentious issues of urban design policies in Newcastle, New South Wales in a series of appearances and articles.[12][13]

Lev was born in Czech Republic, then part of Czechoslovakia, to parents Jiri Loew, Czech architect and academic[14][15] and Lydie Loewova, architect. He was educated at Mathias Lerch Grammar School. Then he commenced studies at Brno University of Technology and worked briefly at his father's firm. He moved to Sydney, Australia in 2005 and studied architecture under Richard Leplastrier and Kerry and Lindsay Clare at the University of Newcastle.

Selected Works[edit]


  1. ^ a b WATSON, ELLE (2015-10-12). "Architects and designers plan projects for flood affected town". Mudgee Guardian. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  2. ^ a b Virtue, Robert (2015-10-19). "University students design infrastructure for flood-ravaged Dungog". ABC News. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  3. ^ WATSON, ELLE (2015-01-26). "Gulgong's Holtermann Museum launch reveals first drawings". Mudgee Guardian. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  4. ^ MURRAY, ROBYN (2014-10-20). "Museum plan to save 'Wonder of the World' that made Gulgong the 'Ten Dollar Town'". Mudgee Guardian. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  5. ^ "Plans". The Owner Builder: 42–43. Summer 2019.
  6. ^ Australian Hemp Masonry (2015). "Atelier Jiri Lev". Australian Hemp Masonry.
  7. ^ Australasian Student Architecture Congress. "Agency 2017 Workshops".
  8. ^ a b "Architecture in the field: Archicamp 2015". ArchitectureAU. Retrieved 2019-01-29.
  9. ^ "Students attend annual ArchiCamp in Hunter Valley". School of Architecture. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  10. ^ WATTS, ELLIE-MARIE (2015-10-22). "Students shepherd ideas". Port Stephens Examiner. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  11. ^ SWAIN, EMMA (2015-10-05). "Sustainable architecture gathering comes to Shepherds Ground | PHOTOS". The Maitland Mercury. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  12. ^ Lev, Jiri (2017-08-31). "The power of streetscape and how to protect it". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  13. ^ Lev, Jiri (2017-10-05). "Bread, circuses and our disappearing city". Newcastle Herald. Retrieved 2019-04-09.
  14. ^ Michal, Igor; Loew, Jiri (2003). Krajinný ráz. Lesnicka prace. ISBN 80-86386-27-9.
  15. ^ Kopeček, Pavel; Loew, Jiri; Kucera, Petr (2015). Projevy křesťanské liturgie v kulturní krajině. Mendel University. ISBN 978-80-7509-387-5.