Architecture Competition Iceland Volcano Museum 1st prize winners - Balint Iszak and Csenge Gyorgyi

We’d like to take the opportunity to introduce you to the 1st prize winners of our “Iceland Volcano Museum” competition - Balint Iszak and Csenge Gyorgyi from New Zealand!

Balint Iszak Csenge Gyorgyi

Balint Iszak and Csenge Gyorgyi from New Zealand

Csenge and I both studied architecture at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary. After graduation, we were separately employed by two design-focused architectural offices, where we worked mostly on large scale projects. Following this we emigrated to New Zealand so that we could experience different architectural approaches. We are currently working for two award-winning architectural offices; Csenge is employed by Guy Tarrant Architects and I am employed by Fearon Hay Architects. Under each of our employers we are involved in a wide range of projects with high attention to detail and design.

What does architecture mean to you and what is the role of an architect in your society?

For us, architecture is a combination of our sensual perceptions, which are defined by proportion, light, form and materials. The relationship of these elements is constantly changing with time and influencing our everyday life. Every new project carries the possibility of improving our environment, and we believe that it is the architect’s main task to fulfil that opportunity.

Why do you participate in architecture vision competitions?

Competition is a great way to challenge ourselves, test ideas and get a better understanding of our design approach.

What advice would you give to individuals who struggle to decide whether it would be beneficial for them to participate in architecture vision competitions?

This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience and find out what interests you in architecture.

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