We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the winners of the Honorable mention of our “Archhive Books' Portable Reading Rooms” competition - Davor Robitschko and Réka Komsa from Hungary.
Davor Robitschko and Réka Komsa from Hungary
I studied architecture in Hungary and Finland, and gained work experience from offices in Northern Norway and the capital of Hungary. Now I work on my own in my home office in Budapest as an architect and 3D artist, combining the creative and professional side of both fields of the building industry. While I focus on architectural visualizations for international companies in my creative studio SkandiVisual, I also work on small-scale architectural projects in my home country.
I finished my studies in 2013 at University of Technology, Cluj Napoca - Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism. During my student years, I earned several internships at Budapest University of Technology and Economics , Hungary and Technology University G.D’Annunzio, Pescara, Italy. Thanks to the internship in Budapest, organic architecture and the work of Makovecz Imre has become my major interest. I became a member of the Organic Architecture Postgraduate School in this field, founded by the Kós Károly Association.
Brief information about the projects that you/your company have been involved with. For instance what scale have you focused on/preferred, any significant projects where company/ individuals have been involved?
As an architect, my absolute focus is on small scale innovative architecture, where I can build a bond with both the client and nature in a future-conscious way. As a 3D artist, I learn from other architects and try to grab the essence of their ideas to convert them into a computer generated image. The most significant design experience I was involved with was a lifestyle, rather than a project. I built a home-made camper van with my wife from an old ambulance car, and we travelled around Europe while I still ran my business from a laptop powered by solar panels on the van. Since then, I try to focus on projects that make life better, and bring people closer to nature.
In the first years of practice, I have been involved mostly in organic architecture for public (schools, bath) and residential building design and also participated in workshops in order to build several pavilions for public spaces. After my postgraduate studies I was involved in small scale design, interior architecture and project management.
What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?
Due to technology and ever-growing global knowledge, humanity drifts further away from its origins. Architecture should (also) be the connection with the role of being human. Pure, creative, rational. We shall see in a few decades whether we are able to play this role or not.
I believe architecture is one of the most important ways to educate society. We place our children in different institutes from a young age and it is essential to think about how the visible and tactile context in which they grow physically and mentally will influence their way of thinking. This is equally true for all ages. From this point of view, architects have a great responsibility to help people to evolve in their role in society and way of being.
Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?
Creative thinking is one of the best things that we can do without even moving a finger. And this is the key to what architecture vision competitions are about. Not to mention that they make me want to acquire more knowledge in a fun way! These competitions are also a great platform to cooperate with others and share ideas, like we did with my friend Réka.
I participated because I considered the topic very interesting and familiar as a part of my hobby and area of interest. It was also a good challenge and creativity exercise, which I have missed the most lately. The opportunity to design freely opened new perspectives in my way of thinking.
What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions?
Just give it a try! You will learn a lot about the topic, and even more about yourself, while developing presentation and visual communication skills that will come in handy both in professional and private life.
As a working society, we get challenges and tasks from everywhere. But challenging yourself is always a surefire way to benefit and grow your professional and personal skills. Architectural vision competitions are a good resource for self-challenge.
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