...Three of us work together and we call ourselves
a team. The team works well not because three good architects work
together and try and solve all the problems that arise, but because
we constantly communicate with each other about everything and share
our thoughts and problems, not only about design or architecture, but
on everything. Our relationship dates back to our college years, but
we were able to develop that further. You need to work on it on a daily
...There was a time when the boundaries between work and free
time were really blurred, we couldn't tell the difference between
when we were working and when we weren't.
...I'm fine. I see some light. It's about how to incorporate
certain spheres of activity, certain things into our lives, which
help us see farther.
...In our line of work, freedom is choosing which competition
to participate in and how to carry them out. This is where we
can create, where we have more influence. To be more exact, to
carry out projects that fit into a line of more intelligent,
far-reaching architecture. We are looking for more comprehensive
assignments where the results point further than the mere design
of a building.
...As I was nearing the end of my university studies,
my father told me a story: In China, young people go to work for a
master potter with the goal of eventually becoming potters themselves.
They begin learning the trade and make beautiful dishes. They roam
the country for years to learn different techniques. Years pass and
the time for the final test arrives. The master tells them to make
a very beautiful dish. With utmost precision and high spirits they
prepare their work. When they hand them in to the master, however,
he smashes them against the ground. When asked why he did so, he answers:
the important thing is not where we have arrived, but the road on which
we got there.
...I think we're all fanatics, which is by all means positive.
When we go out for a beer, by the time we get to the second one
we're talking architecture. Whether we turn the computer off,
close our notebooks or put the pencil down, things continue inside
and we try to carry forward the things we happen to be working
on, or things we'd like to work on in the future.
..There's one thing that holds everything together
for me, and that's team-work.
...I don't really have any expectations, either negative or
positive. I don't think being a member of the EU is going to
mean too much of a change in my life. For the boys who are going
to take my place soon it probably means something very different,
because they're just starting their career. It won't be easy
for them, I don't think that openness in itself would make things
easier. It has its own pitfalls. The first eight years when I
started my career were spent in a totally closed setting. I withdrew
to Esztergom and rarely came to Budapest. I didn't have the chance
to. But looking back, those eight years turned out to be a time
of maturation. If it wouldn't have happened that way, I'd be
a totally different person. It wasn't bad, stewing away, but
it could have been, the potential to go nuts was there.
...I'm willing to do anything, from the smallest to the biggest.
I find my own sense of satisfaction and the joy of playing together
in everything. I think that could even be a recipe. That you
need to handle everything with the same weight, whether it's
a small or large project.