HÜBNER TIBOR, FORMER DIRECTOR OF KÖZTI HAS PASSED AWAY
2024. January 11.
We are deeply saddened to share the news about the death of Hübner Tibor, former director of KÖZTI, who passed away at the age of 87.
Hübner Tibor was born on 27 August, 1937, in Budapest. He came from a dynasty of architects and he also chose architecture as his profession. One of the buildings designed by his father – the Szilágyi Erzsébet Secondary School in Mészáros Street – is enough to show the high standard of quality typical in his family. Tibor had proved his talent with several buildings, two of which have to be mentioned as they were important assets of the city: the cultural centre building in Vörösmarty Square (1971, with Tallós Elemér) and the office building in Roosevelt (today Szécheny) Square (1980, with Hofer Miklós). Both of them have been demolished by now, though the structural frame of the latter has been partly retained.
Tibor had been invited to work at KÖZTI in 1964, by Gádoros Lajos and Hofer Miklós and he had worked here for 40 years. He became head of the I. design department. In addition, he won the international design competition for the Kano Stadium, Nigeria, which resulted in a huge project for KÖZTI and the design of the building looks great even 40 years later. In 1983, he was appointed to head the IV. department, which had been established for projects abroad. He worked in Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates between 1984 and1990, representing KÖZTI. After he came home, he was head of the department of architecture from 1990 to 1996, then he worked as the director of KÖZTI until 2003, when he retired. He supported KÖZTI as a member of the supervisory board until 2021.
Tibor took over the leadership of KÖZTI in a very difficult time. He was a level-headed director, who had a great role in helping KÖZTI to overcome the problems succesfully, so it could become the acknowledged architectural design firm it is today.