Vladimír KarfíkVladimir Karfík (26 October 1901 in Idrija – 6 June 1996 in Brno) was a Czechoslovak modernist architect. His life, professional career and his work reflected changes characteristic for the 20th century.
He cooperated with many famous creators of the modern architecture all over the world. His architecture from in all periods of his life is very understandable and universal. The most important part of it was represented by function, construction, economy and beauty. Among other works, he designed Baťa’s Skyscraper in Zlín. Karfík was one of a number of Czech architects to design the "Bata houses" and Bata shoe factory at East Tilbury, Essex, England.