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Alois Dryák

Prague, Czech Republic
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Alois Dryák (24 February 1872 in Olšany – 6 June 1932 in Prague) was a Czech architect and professor of ornamental design. In 1889-1895 studied at Prague Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in the Friedrich Ohmann’s class where together with Bedřich Bendelmayer he was the best student in the class of decorative architecture. He was teaching at professional schools as well as in his alma mater after graduation, namely in 1903-1918. At the same time, he started his architectural practice focusing on Secession and Historism. In 1920s, Modernism concepts influence may be seen in Alois Dryák’s projects, although he still preserved his aspiration to conservative forms. Dryák was a socially active person, member of Sokil community, and in 1896 participated in a protest against demolition of historical centre of Prague. The first Dryak’s studio was established in Prague together with an architect Bedřich Bendelmayer, his former fellow at professor Ohmann’s class. The most prominent projects of Alois Dryák were created in the styles of Secession, Rondocubism, Functionalism and Neoclassicism.

He is most famous for the design of the ornamental detail on Art Nouveau masterpieces such as the 1905 re-design of the Hotel Europa (also known as Hotel Evropa, formerly Hotel Šroubek) in Prague, Czech Republic, done with fellow architect Bedřich Bendelmeier and architectural sculptor Ladislav Šaloun.

Prague, Czech Republic
Bostjan, March 3rd, 2021