|Erick van Egeraat:
The way to survive and a way to make
your life good, is to do those things good which you think you gonna
do good. After now twenty-four years of working I think I am getting
quite at a good place. I like the work the way I do it. I think I
do it in a sincere way, and hopefully with what I do I contribute
to other people's lifes in a positive way. The world which I live
in is a very fast world. It's a world which is about being different
people at the same time in very short period of a week, I have to
change my role, my attitude, my language continuously. The world
I live in is a world which is very friendly, attractive, nice, but
is also tough, very rude, unpolite. And I think that exactly this
multitute of sites of life makes it very attractive to me.
I see my partner every day which is very-very important for me;
I don't see my children every day, which is not so nice, unfortunately.
The oldest is fourteen, and then there is two of twelve and one
four. Let's say this part is both very-very challenging, very nice,
I think the way I am able to relate with them is quite special,
but of course if I really think what I would like then I would
like to be more intense more longer. It is the same thing what
I would like to with my things but I cannot want everything.
For instance I get to real work let's say practical work at 9
o'clock. I would continue until eight o'clock and then in the evening
we would go for dinner and that dinner would definitely be dinner
with people who I would like speak to businesswise. And only very
rarely these are people who are strictly private related, friends
or relatives. Yes, if I go on holiday, I go on holiday with people
who are many-many times business related. That's the same what
I just said: it makes it very attractive but it makes it also very
I think life is becoming more and more enjoyable in
Budapest. There are more and more people who appreciate quality.
Lifestyle quality. Whether we talk about good restaurants or good
I am not the type of person who can separate private and business
feelings in that sense. I think also in architecture is not strictly
business related, we also have a lot to do with emotions.
What is very interesting that you can really adjust your mind
quite clearly knowing that you are in an international environment
your attitude, your behavior, even the judgment of your own values
has to be set has to be different when being in Budapest or being
in the countryside. In my own environment people are open, they
are open to differences. Honestly I wouldn't need to be local,
I can also be international at home. But it just feels better to
Judit Z. Halmágyi:
Two children, yes, a daughter and a son, fourteen
and twelve. I'm only taking care on the level of their freedom.
To a bit would like to give a direction to help them to be themselves.
It is not the time you are spending with the children is important
so how long is, but how compressed is this, the value of this being
together. I think it is truly in all over even here in the office,
with the other staff, with the group, when we are focusing, we
have those brainstormings, the intensity of minutes or hours are
the most important.
We all know that the country suffered a lot and we have a lot
of hurted part in the way of thinking, mind, spiritual forces and
so on. I have been fighting for fourteen years or fifteen years
from now. We would like to change a bit the mind here in that country.
It is likely we can change the visual sensibility of the Hungarian
social life and a bit open the minds. We have insisted not to give
up a certain level, our way of approaches, analysis, and visual
quality; this let's say second war in my life, so it's succeed.
That is why I am really so happy.
Development is a very serious business, a lot of money
is involved and of course there are very strict rules set between
the client and the architect and you have to comply with these
rules which means that you have to know what happens if you take
a certain decision financialwise. Because the money is involved
in the process.