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Media Prize for Architecture 2011 - we introduce the members of the pre selection jury

In this year, voting process of Media Prize for Architecture was changed. We wanted to spin more professional strands into the procedure of the selection, so the idea of pre selection jury was born, whose members now will be introduced to our readers.

On 16 August, the pre selection jury began to review and rate the entered projects. The result of their decision will be announced expectedly on 29 August. Shortlisted by the professional pre selection jury, six plans and six buildings will be rated by a jury consisting of representatives of the media in the Trafó,on 24 October 2011. Neither the public will not be missed out, you can select the best projects you like in the course of a voting with two stages, similar like in the previous years. By public votes, ten plans and ten buildings can be got into the second stage, where the highly scored projects will be awarded with the Public Choice of the Media Prize for Architecture.




Éva Beleznay

Éva Beleznay is an architect, urbanist, nowadays is an expert on urban planning and development,  municipal and EU tenders, BREEAM and geographic information systems. Her professional priorities are: designing of a livable urban environment, increasing of public responsibility of our environment, urban renewal and sustainability, in which fields she makes researches and works as volunteer in various professional unions. Between 2006-2010, she worked as the main architect of Budapest. She was responsible for decision preparing of the urban planning and development, the quality of the built environment and the professional tasks of buliding affairs. To achieve this, she tried to harmonize the various interests and got in touch with the districts of Budapest, territorial organisations, developers, various professional and civic unions. She presided the architectural jury of Budapest. On international forums, she held lectures on behalf of the municipality of the capital. In 2008, she managed making ready and accepted the integrated urban development strategy (IUS) of Budapest. Beside this, she directed preparing some emphasized urban development programs, such as Danube Strategy and its project elements, and urban develeopment concept of intermodal urban centres. She managed and controlled the accomplishment of the strategy of Budapest Pólus Program. Previously, she worked as expert on urban development, making concepts and programs for urban planning and renewal. She graduated at the Budapest University of Technology, on the Faculty of Architecture. After graduating, she studied and worked in the USA for a while. 

Kazimierz Kwasek

Kazimierz Kwasek. Polish architect from Krakow. He has established in 2002. started as the very small private internet firm; the company recently is investing in new internet websites. It has also 5000 books and magazines for architects and designers in internet and local bookstore in Krakow city center.

In 2009 Kazimierz Kwasek has launched a new internet bookstore with new system, new servers and new domain ( In the same year has connected to the advertisement group. In 2010 during the symposium in Hungary agreed "Editors' Choice" architecture content exchange program with (Hungary), (Czech Republic, Slovakia), and Arhitext (Romania).

Between 1998-2003, Kazimierz Kwasek has been studying architecture in Politechnika Krakowska. He was also academic assistant there in 2005-2007. Kazimierz is active member of Junior Chamber International - Krakow (he is Past President of this club). He was also the member of Rotaract Club in Poland.

Kazimierz works also together with his wife Agata, who is also architect and manage architecture projects with Kazimierz's father Andrzej Kwasek, architect. The contact with architecture is very important for him, so part of the time Kazimierz is dealing with architectural design (interior and exterior projects). Kazimierz and Agata have one child, a 2,5 year old daughter, Helena. They live in a semi-detached house 5 kilometers outside Krakow. The question for today is: Will Helena also be an architect?

Péter Mátrai DLA habil.

Péter Mátrai attended the Grammar School of Fine and Applied Arts in Budapest, where he took his final exeam and qualified himself as furniture designer. Between 1968-1973, he studied at the Hungarian College of Applied Arts, on the Department of Architecture. He attended the Masters' School (Mesteriskola) organised by the Association of Hungarian Architects (MÉSZ) and in 1999, he got DLA degree at the Budapest University of Technology, on the Faculty of Architecture. In 2008, he reached DLA degree at the Monoly-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME). Since 2006, he is an invited master of the doctoral programme of the MOME. Beside this, he acts as composer and performer.

He acts as a member of juries of architectural competitions, and since 1997, he is a member of the Chamber of Hungarian Architects (MÉK). In 1997, he was awarded with Ybl Miklós Award, Pro Architectura Award and Award of Industrial Design. In 2006, he got the Award of Invited Teacher of the Budapest University of Technology. In 2007, he was honoured with Péter Molnár Memorial Award and in 2010, he was awarded with István Kocsis Memorial Plaque.

Arpad Zachi

Arpad Zachi was born on 9 May in 1953, Bucharest, Romania. Between 1972 and 1980, he studied at the “Ion Mincu” Institute of Architecture in Bucharest, where he got architect degree, then he qualified as PhD candidate. Since 1980, he worked as architect - later urbanist - for various institutions in Bucharest, Alba Iulia, and Brasov. Since 1990, he has been working for the “Arhitext Design” Magazine as editor, later as director and editor-in-chief. Since 1991, he has been employed at the “Ion Mincu” Institute of Architecture in Bucharest as assistant, later as university lecturer. He guides workshops, seminaries, courses and researches.

Since 1986, he has published a number of essays, studies and took part in researches and projects of the National Urban and Regional Development Program. He collaborated in the study defining the criteria for the determination of historical areas in cities and municipalities, as well as the procedures for the protection and restoration. He prepared a proposal regarding the system of sustainable urban development and the regional strategic planning in Romania. Since 1991, he has taken part in preparing lots of urban planning studies and projects and he is a member of various professional unions. Between 1980 and 1990, he entered for several architectural and urban planning competitions. He speaks well English and French. He collaborated in organising various professional events and editing architectural issues.

Ing. arch. Jan Kratochvíl

He was born in 22 April 1978 in the Czech Republic. Between 1992–1996 he has attended the high school in Šternberk, then from 1996 to 2003 has studied at the Faculty of Architecture, Brno University of Technology. Since 2008, he has been working on his doctoral studies at the same university. Besides Czech he speaks English and German.

Between 2000-2001 he has worked as an architect for A plus a.s., Brno; then launched his private architectural practice in 2001. In 2004, he collaborated with K4 a.s. and Kuba, Pilař architekti, Brno. Since 2007 he is an assistant at Department of Drawing, Faculty of Architecture, Brno University of Technology. Since 1997, Kratochvíl is the proprietor and editor-in-chief of – Internet Epicenter of Architecture.

His favourite hobbies: tennis, travel, modern art, photography, webdesign.






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