...The drastically amplified moral weakness of the
world today is the global lack of inhibitions. If architects are to
practice their profession creditably, they have to try to refuse this
global aggressive challenge. We have to fight it and try to find the
very narrow path that is still passable. However I feel that one must
adapt to the present world in some way. And it's not just a question
of making a living, the employer's money, which is practically speaking
entrusted to the architect, must be respected.
...I see architecture as a service. I believe that what I can
bring out of myself, in some way has an effect on its environment.
It has an effect on those who use it. There is no greater acknowledgement
of one's work than that. No award acknowledges one's work as much
as the appreciation of those who use it, those it was built for,
their love and understanding of the spaces, and how they use the
spaces they understand. If this coincides with my intent, then
I think that is the best possible thing.
...I must admit I have mixed emotions. To be honest,
the situation could be better. I know I should be saying, thank you
very much, I'm feeling great, thank you for asking. There's not enough
work in the profession and the work one can get isn't of an architectural
nature. I'm in a state of anticipation, like probably most of my colleagues,
waiting to see how the situation of architects will change in Hungary
now that we've joined the EU.
...In the so-called socialist era the problem was that the economy
and society was such a wreck that practically speaking you couldn't
work. Today things are more effective on that front, but I see
several negative aspects which I never thought would happen. For
example the system of values: back then that was something that
was dictated from above and everyone knew how to set it aside and
how to work around it. They were able to set up a subjective value
system, or one that represented a group, which was something very
positive and good. Comparatively speaking, these things have devaluated.
...It's important to acknowledge that the trends developing in
the world, and which effect architecture, have been changing very
fast during the past few decades, and one has to be aware of them,
to get to know their advantages and disadvantages, and to use them
is one's own work in such a way that you make use of the positive
aspects and leave the negatives out.