KÖZTI Architects & Engineers, the architectural firm with the longest traditions in Hungary, was founded in 1949. During its history more than three thousand people have worked for it, so we can worthily say that since the middle of the last century, the cream of Hungarian architect professionals was associated with KÖZTI. Nowadays the company operates five big architect studios, which are supported by specialist studios including structural, electrical and building engineering departments.
KÖZTI takes forward the finest traditions of Hungarian architecture. As a proof of this, we can mention the important fact that KÖZTI have always been employing many architects who have won the most significant Hungarian architect awards, for example Miklós Ybl Award, Kossuth Award and Pro Architectura Award. The buildings of these “masters” also got many attention by winning prestigious national and international awards. KÖZTI is highlighted among Hungarian architecture companies not only by its size and traditions, but also by the number and diversity of its references. The company provides outstanding references in the fields of education, health, industry, trade and catering, but it is also highly familiar with the fields of residential buildings, public buildings, office buildings, sport complexes and cultural property. Besides these, KÖZTI's portfolio also includes major reconstructions in Hungary, as well as the designing of the SkyCourt Terminal of Liszt Ferenc International Airport and Budapest Sports Arena. The company also implemented remarkable projects around the world, mostly in the Middle East and Africa.
The key to the success of KÖZTI is the expertise and dedication of its staff, which includes internationally famous architects with the experience of many decades and also the youngest, ambitious architects. The most important values for them are the satisfaction of customers and the technical quality of the work done. László Smaraglay, CEO of KÖZTI together with studio leaders – László Bordács, Miklós Marosi, Péter Pottyondy, Ferenc Potzner, György Skardelli, Zoltán Tima and all designers – think that every building is an independent, unique creation which makes the joint dreams of the customer and the designer come true. However, designing a building is not just artistic creation but also engineering work, and this duality is what makes architecture special. KÖZTI employs the most excellent engineers to make sure that envisioned buildings of its customers will become reality in a professional, economic, power saving way, by using all the innovative architectural solutions of the 21st century.
We think it is important that our designs reflect our environmentally conscious and community oriented way of thinking. The spaces formed by us provide living spaces, where communities get born and behavioural forms develop. We hope that our buildings improve the quality of life and provide an orderly, simplified environment for the everyday activities of their users.
KÖZTI supports each process or initiative that has a positive effect on shaping the future, be it an important event organized by the Budapest University of Technology or a non-profit design for a local community. Through our professionals, we support education in the university, our studios are accredited locations for practical training. Our colleagues help the tution of future architects in several institutions as invited lecturers, instructors or regular members of the diploma panels. Several of our colleagues have important public functions or social assignments. Our architects are present in the Hungarian Academy of Art, the Chamber of Architects, different art societies and social organizations either as members or executives. Many of our colleagues take part in the work of different design committees on local or national scale.
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