I would like to build ordinary things
Alena Šrámková, née Cafourková, was born on 20 June 1929 in Prague. She grew up in Slovakia from the age of two; she attended grammar school and studied architecture and construction at the University of Technology. She graduated in 1952 and then worked as the head architect at Chemoprojekt in Bratislava for some time. In 1955 she applied to the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague because she felt that she still needed to improve her education. While studying she married and gave birth to her son Michal. In 1959 she took part in a Czechoslovak exhibition of glass in Moscow, where she was tasked with building one of the pavilions. Upon returning to Prague she was employed at the State Commercial Design Institute. In the 1960s she joined the Sociaty of Engineers and Architects in Liberec (SIAL). She worked with her husband on the construction of the subterranean section of the main train station in 1972-1977. A turning point in her career was the construction of the ČKD building on Wenceslas Square, where she was given considerable creative liberty. After the revolution she served briefly as a member of parliament. The witness currently holds a professorship at the Czech Technical University; she also oversaw the construction of the new building of her faculty. Alena Šrámková is often called the „first lady“ of Czech architecture. She has received many awards for her professional accomplishments.