Alena Šrámková, the first lady of Czech architecture and architect of ‘austerity’, has died

Published March 14, 2022

On Thursday, 10 March 2022, its leading representative, Professor Alena Šrámková, left the Czech architectural scene at the age of 93.

Her distinctive work undoubtedly ranks among the top of domestic architecture of the last four decades. Šrámková has signed a number of important buildings.

Among the buildings with her characteristic signature are the ČKD building on Můstek in Prague, the original hall of the Main Railway Station in Prague, the observation tower on Šerák, the Tyrš Bridge in Přerov or the new building of the Faculty of Architecture of the Czech Technical University in Prague. In addition to public buildings, he is behind the design of many urban or rural houses.

Alena Šrámková was born on 29 June 1929 in Prague, but spent her youth in Bratislava, where she also studied local engineering, and continued her studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague. There, her future approach to architecture was significantly influenced by Jaroslav Fragner. She was later a professor at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts and taught at the Czech Technical University. In her architectural work she first collaborated with her husband Ing. arch. Jan Šrámek, and later with other architects, including Ladislav Labus. Before founding her own studio Šrámková architekti, she worked for some time in the famous SIAL studio. Alena Šrámková is the recipient of numerous awards for her contribution in the field of architecture.

Faculty of Architecture in Prague

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