ABOUT KÉK

The Hungarian Contemporary Architecture Centre - KÉK is an independent professional organisation founded in 2006 with the aim of opening new perspectives in architectural and urban thinking in Hungary. The objective of the institution is to initiate dialogue about architecture, the city and its culture both within the profession and beyond, and to operate an independent and open centre that promotes architectural education, awareness and innovation among multidisciplinary professionals and the general public. Through its fresh, provoking and focused programs, relevant also in international context, KÉK is currently the only internationally acknowledged professional platform representing contemporary architecture in Hungary, and has built an extensive international network of like-minded partner organisations.

Mission

Vision: Redifining the cultural and social role of architecture and raising the international profile of contemporary Hungarian architecture and architects.

Mission: Running an independent and open centre that promotes architectural education, awareness and innovation among multidisciplinary professionals and the general public.

Objectives: Initiating dialogue about architecture, the city and its culture both within the profession and beyond; promoting contemporary Hungarian architecture at international platforms; facilitating integration between architecture and other related disciplines; supporting relevant initiatives, providing up to date and relevant professional advice and supporting widespread architectural education.

Team

MEMBERS OF THE EXECUTIVE BOARD

  • Eszter Dávida
  • Bálint Kádár
  • Monika Kertész
  • Samu Szemerey
  • Tímea Szőke

PROJECT LEADERS

  • Bálint Balázs
  • Emőke Böjthe
  • Eszter Dávida
  • Henrietta Horváth
  • Bálint Kádár
  • Monika Kertész
  • János Klaniczay
  • Bálint Köves
  • Samu Szemerey
  • Tímea Szőke

WORKING GROUPS, TEAM MEMBERS

  • Financial and Administrative Working Group: Monika Kertész, Eszter Székely
  • HR Working Group: Monika Kertész, Eszter Dávida, Tímea Szőke
  • BB1012 Working Group: Emőke Böjthe, Monika Kertész, Eszter Székely, Tímea Szőke
  • Professional Working Group: Samu Szemerey, Bálint Balázs, Eszter Dávida, János Klaniczay, Bálint Köves
  • Professional Public Life Working Group: Bálint Kádár, Eszter Dávida, Máté Horváth, Samu Szemerey, Tímea Szőke
  • Communication Working Group: Emőke Böjthe, Henrietta Horváth, Máté Horváth, Tímea Szőke
  • Project Coordination Working Group: Henrietta Horváth, Eszter Dávida, Tímea Szőke
  • Recruitment Organization and KÉK-communitiy Working Group: Krisztina Kovács, Bálint Balázs, Eszter Dávida
  • Training and Knowledge-building Working Group: Barbara Bozsik, Eszter Dávida, Zsófia Hennel, Henrietta Horváth
  • International Relations Working Group: Laura Kovács, Dorottya Kiss, Bálint Köves, Levente Polyák, Tímea Szőke
  • National Relations Working Group: János Klaniczay, Dorka Kiss, Krisztina Kovács, Tímea Szőke
  • Tender Monitoring Working Group: Tímea Szőke, Eszter Dávida, Henrietta Horváth
  • Organizational Development and Business Development Working Group: Eszter Dávida, Bálint Kádár, Monika Kertész, Samu Szemerey, Tímea Szőke

FOUNDING MEMBERS

KÉK was founded in 2006 by young architects who are still supporting the organisation as members of its Advisory Board.

  • Attila Bujdosó
  • Tímea Csaba
  • Renáta Czinkotai
  • Tibor Dékány
  • Ambrus Evva
  • Zoltán Erő
  • Zsófia Farkas
  • Ada Fekete
  • Sándor Finta
  • Ádám Hatvani
  • Bálint Kádár
  • Monika Kertész
  • Gergely Kovács
  • Levente Polyák
  • Nóra Somlyódy
  • Noémi Soltész
  • Samu Szemerey
  • Orsolya Vadász
  • Gábor Zimborás

SUPERVISORY COMMITTEE

  • Éva Beleznay
  • Gerhardt Erik
  • Tóth Judit

CONSULTANTS

  • Zoltán Erő
  • Dani Kovács
  • Noémi Soltész
  • Levente Polyák

PAST CURATORS, COLLEAGUES AND VALUNTEERS

Bárdossy Krisztina · Boda Judit · Bürger Nóra · Deigner Ágnes · Farkas Zsófi · Fazekas Ildikó · Göbl Gabi · Gyabronka Péter · Horváth Bálint · Huszthy Zita · Károlyi Zsuzsa · Keresztes István · Kiss Gergely · Libárdi Julianna · Major Virág · Naszádi Sára · Orosz Ágoston · Orosz Sára · Oravecz Júlia · Pongrácz Barbara · Schanz Judit · Sipos Andrea · Szabó Gyöngyvér · Szamos Bianka · Székács Péter · Szutor Bernadette · Szűcs Petra · Tóth Kati · Turai Balázs · Ungár Fanni · Vass Juli · Weber Zsófi and many more

Activities

New methods in urban regeneration

KÉK has been engaged in examining the latest methods, formats and possibilities of urban regeneration for almost a decade. Our research programs, advisory services and development projects enable us to involve a growing network of stakeholders in rethinking our urban neighborhoods. Our activities, ranging from the systematic reuse of vacant or underused parcels and properties through suburban community development to commercial regeneration, provide new solutions for new urban problems.

Innovation for sustainable society

One of the most important challenges of our age is to integrate technological innovation into the architectural and planning practice in a way that contributes to a sustainable and resilient society and environment instead of feeding self-serving developments. KÉK helps this process with professional events, exhibitions and research, always seeking to bring together designers and engineers with decision-makers and the broader public.

Transparency in architectural affairs

As declared in our founding manifesto, KÉK is strongly committed to bring more transparency into decision-making related to architecture and planning. Our public debates, publications, campaigns and competition formats are all conceived to help professionals and the broader public in taking positions, articulating opinions and participating at debates about the city.

Architectural culture and community

One of KÉK’s most important missions is to make issues of contemporary architecture, planning and design accessible and comprehensible to the broader public, and to promote a community-based approach in urban policies. Through our festivals, cultural events, lecture series, tour guides and urban walks, we invite thousands of citizens to experience the city in new, more involved ways.

History

KÉK started its activity in 2006 with opening its cultural premises in Budapest, Nefelejcs street in a former warehouse in the backyard of a museum. The warehouse was in bad shape unused for decades and needed significant improvements to accommodate events and the public. The building was a catalyst in KÉK’s story: it did not only give form to the organization but also determined many of its activities, helping the construction of its identity. By opening a backyard to the local street network and turning it into a lively and accessible space, KÉK increased visibility for the area to a city-wide audience.

The first phase of KÉK’s operations in Nefelejcs street ended in 2008 when the centre moved to the very heart of the city into an office building managed by ORCO Property Group. The 7-storey, 6000m2 downtown building offered very different possibilities. By using the façade and roof for exhibitions and screenings, KÉK attempted to bring the building temporarily back into the public realm. This experiment for temporary use ended in the second hald of 2008.

Between 2008 and 2015 KÉK carried out its programmes at various sites without a permanent venue.

KÉK celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2016. Linked to this occasion, it has he moved to a permanent location, where it has opened its new multifunctional project space. To celebrate its 10th anniversary KÉK has released the first ever architecture beer, C10. In the same year, the Hungarian Intellectual Property Office recognised the centre's activities and its social impact by the Millennium Prize "as the decisive representative of Hungarian contemporary architecture, urbanism and conscious civic society."

Documents

Founding Document

Activity Reports: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019

Organizational and Operational Regulations

Privacy Statement

Contact

Address
1111 Budapest, Bartók Béla út 10-12.
Bank account number
16200151-18538407 (Magnet Bank)
Tax number
18189223-1-43
Opening hours
Mo - Fr 09:00 - 18:00