I always wanted to be the best, but my effort was being thwarted by the annual assessments
Václav Novák was born in May 1928 in Teplice. He completed a two-year secondary technical school of civil engineering, and in 1945 he continued in his studies at the Higher Technical School of Civil Engineering in Děčín. He did his compulsory military service in Ostrov nad Ohří and Cheb. Václav witnessed the eviction of nuns from the convent in Ostrov nad Ohří, which was transformed into army barracks immediately after. His son emigrated to Holland in 1969 after the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies in August 1968. Václav Novák devoted his entire professional life to construction of housing and public buildings in the North Bohemian region. He started as a foreman and later he worked as a production manager in the headquarters of the Civil Engineering Company (Pozemní Stavby). After 1990 he established his own business dealing with construction of housing.