Alois Dryák was born in Olšany u Slaného on 24 February 1872. In 1889-95 he studied at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design under architect Fridrich Ohmann, with whom he cooperated on the design for the Central Hotel in Hybernská Street in Prague. He worked as a drawing teacher at the Professional School for Goldsmiths and also taught at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in 1903-18. At the same time, he focused on his own architectural work, first inspired by Art Nouveau and historicism (the Garni Hotel, the pedestal for the St. Wenceslaus Monument). In the 1920s, influenced by the concept of architectural modernism, he favoured classicist-free forms, yet never wholly abandoned conservative thinking (the Faculty of Law building at Masaryk University in Brno, the Central Czechoslovak Tobacco Directorate building in Prague). Alois Dryák died in Prague on 6 June 1932.
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Bohumil Hübschmann, Styl, 1932–1933