Josef Gočár

March 13, 1880 in Semín, Czechia
Sept. 10, 1945 in Prague (Praha), Czechia

Josef Gočár was one of the most influential Czech architects of the first half of the 20th century. He studied with Jan Kotěra and still learned the historical architectural styles in his studies, as well as Art Nouveau. In the 1910s, he was one of the architects who tried to create a Czech national style, called Rondocubism. He gradually came into contact with the new architectural developments in the 1920s and openly incorporated them into his work. After the death of Jan Kotěra in 1924, he took over his position as professor at the Prague School of Architecture, which is part of the Academy of Fine Art. One of his major tasks was to design the regulation plan for the city of Hradec Králové between 1926 and 1928. He also designed several buildings in the city. In 1928 he became the rector of the School of Architecture. With the occupation and break-up of Czechoslovakia by Nazi Germany, all Czech schools and universities were closed. Gočár decided to retire.

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Buildings

Hradec Králové, Czechia
Administration building District and Tax Offices (Okresní a finanční úřady)

Hradec Králové, Czechia
Kindergarten Josef Gočár (Mateřská škola Josefa Gočára)

Hradec Králové, Czechia
Sbor kněze Ambrože (Community of Priest Ambrož)

Humpolec, Czechia
Vila Otakara Meda (Otakar Med's villa)

Ústí nad Labem, Czechia
Minority Municipal and Citizen School (Menšinová obecná a měšťanská škola)