Josef Havlíček

May 5, 1899 in Prague (Praha), Czechia
Dec. 30, 1961 in Prague (Praha), Czechia

Josef Havlíček was one of the most avantgarde architects in Czechoslovakia. He was a member of the group Devětsil and due to his left-wing political orientation he was also a member of Levá fronta (Left front). He studied architecture at the Czech Technical University in Prague (ČVUT) between 1916 and 1924 and at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague with Josef Gočár from 1923-1926. In Gočár's studio he worked until 1928. From 1928-1936 he worked with Karel Honzík in the design office H&H. In 1929 he joint the international organisation CIAM (Congrés Internationaux d'Architecture Moderne).

In 1948 he became director of the State run building company Stavoprojekt. Although he was not satisfied with the communist leadership of the country since February 1948, he was kept in office because of his fame. However, he resigned in 1950. A separate department was created for him.

In thisarticle are pictures of Havlíček and some of his projects and plans.

Buildings

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

Prague (Praha), Czechia
Multifunctional building Všeobecný penzijní ústav (General Pension Institute)