I’m a Hungarian architect living in Budapest. I graduated from the Faculty of Architecture at BME (Budapest University of Technology and Economics). After that I lived and worked in Vienna for 5 years. I founded my architecture business, the A4 Studio in 1992 where I continue to work until this day.
I’ve loved to draw since I was a child and at the age of 17, I worked at an architecture firm as an intern. That’s when I knew it’s my path.
I’m the owner and senior architect of the A4 Studio. We receive recognition thanks to our built-up designs.
Our business celebrates its 30th anniversary this year. We design public facilities (hotel, retail industrial, housing, etc.) in Hungary and other countries. We apply to several national and international contests and participate in conferences as well.
Our motto is: “There are architects who subordinate their talent to the requirements of the client. There are architects who force their ideas upon the clients. However, there are architects who try to find a solution through a dialogue that perfectly satisfies the client's desire but at the same time does not set limit to the architect's creative attitude.”
The award means a prestigious professional recognition for us.
It’s always an important feedback and proves that our business has delivered a high-level of architectural design for more than 3 centuries.
For the client, one of the most important things besides the layout, the building and the reliable service is the assurance of knowing that the project is in good hands.
The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that a high level of flexibility, skilful usage of new technologies (both hardware and software) and a cooperative team is needed.
In the past few years before the pandemic, the Hungarian economy was on a continuous rise which concluded in the growth of public and private investments. Budapest was really popular among tourists, so the demand for lodgings has risen.
Unfortunately, due to the COVID19 pandemic, many employees have left the tourism and catering industry. When we were designing the hotel, we had to take the shortage of labor and safe operations into account while adjusting the expectations of international chain of hotels to the local regulations (which often contradict each other). Moreover, the new generation of tourists’ lodging and catering expectations differ from the generations before.
The ever-changing trends, incorporating young colleagues into the designing process of our architecture firm, the migration of qualified labor from Hungary.
Diligence, perseverance, and a bit of exhibitionism.
I just hope that the independent architecture firms can remain independent.
During the 5 years I spent in Vienna, the University of Applied Arts organized a course with the best architects of that time. I’ve seen and heard Zaha Hadid, Peter Eisenmann, Jean Nouvel, Frank Gehry, Hans Hollein, and many others presenting. It was an incredible inspiration.
First of all, we have to define “success” in order to answer the question. I believe in the completed work.
Our main goal is to fulfill our motto and work, design and create accordingly.
I would like to thank the committee for electing us.
Géza Kendik is Hungarian architect who resides in Budapest and founded an architecture business, the A4 studio in 1992 that he operates till today.