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Twelve architect teams are shortlisted in the Budapest Nyugati Railway Station design contest
The best architects from around the world and Hungary competed to design the new, expanded, 21st century Budapest Nyugati Railway Station. Based on the Government's decisions and in line with the objectives of the Budapest Suburban Railway Node Strategy, the Budapest Development Agency (BFK) launched an open, international design contest this autumn for the comprehensive renewal and capacity expansion of the Budapest Nyugati Railway Station. The jury judging the design contest is chaired by Balázs Fürjes, Minister of State for the Development of Budapest Metropolitan Region, and Dávid Vitézy, CEO of BFK, as Vice-Chairman, and includes the chief architects of districts V and XIII, the deputy mayor of district VI, Zoltán Erő, the chief architect of Budapest and several distinguished architects. The jury also includes the heads of railway architecture and station design from Network Rail in the UK and Sprava Zeleznic in the Czech Republic to ensure that international best practice is applied.
 
As with the last competition in 1874, which resulted in the creation of the beautiful Eiffel Hall at the Western Railway Station, the competition attracted the best in the world, with interest exceeding the expectations of the organisers. It was not an easy task to select the best twelve out of the 36 applicants, who will go through to the second round, where they will have to submit concept plans, from which the jury will choose. The 12 best applicants were selected by BFK on the basis of strict, objective, pre-defined criteria, with the evaluation of references. It is particularly pleasing that 15 Hungarian teams have entered the competition, and the participants and winners will be selected from the best in Europe, Asia and Australia, who took part in almost all the major railway station projects in Europe over the past 15 to 20 years.
 
In mid-October, the Budapest Development Agency launched an international architectural design contest for the renewal of the Budapest Nyugati Railway Station and its surroundings. The beautiful heritage hall of the station will preserve its values and the results of the renovation work just completed. The ground-floor spaces will be renewed, the hall's extended tracks will be placed underground and the surface platforms will receive a common roof structure. The upgrade of the railway line leading to the new station will increase the frequency of trains, and the quality of services and transfers in the station will make rail transport more competitive. In the future, the underground tracks will also be able to receive trains coming from Buda in the planned railway tunnel. All the public spaces around the railway station will be upgraded, and a linear public park will be created on the site of Nyugati tér and the rust belt along the railway, connecting the Nagykörút with the Városliget and later the Rákosrendező area. The most valuable, now dead or decaying areas of Budapest will be given a new lease of life with sustainable transport, lots of greenery, and the healing of the wounds and gaps that are an eyesore in the middle of the city.
 
“The high number of applicants proves that the competition is attractive and credible. Attractive, because there are few places in the world more attractive than Budapest, as a vibrant, historic European capital with a huge potential for renewal. And credible, because we have been working with the experts at the BFK for more than a year to prepare the design competition in detail. Applicants can rely on the jury, which includes professionals from MÁV state railways, all the surrounding districts, the Capital city, the architectural chambers, and prominent architects,” - said Balázs Fürjes, Chair of the Jury, Minister of State for the Development of Budapest Metropolitan Region.
 
“This design project is an exciting, creative challenge, encompassing architecture, green development, transport planning, and urbanism. The opportunity to redesign a country's main railway station on such a scale comes once in a century, which is why it requires an international design contest and experience in the design of the world's major railway stations and urban transport hubs,” - added Balázs Fürjes.
 
“The renewal of Nyugati is closely aligned with the Budapest Suburban Railway Node Strategy, whose objectives are clear. The current number of trains on the metropolitan and suburban network needs to be more than doubled to reach our aim to double the number of rail passengers in the region. The renewal of Nyugati is essential, as it has exhausted its capacity to accommodate more trains, even though there is a huge demand for more long-distance trains, more suburban trains from all directions, and new airport connections, as envisaged in our strategy. The project will create a two-storey terminal station with 13 tracks above ground and 6 underground, which will also connect to the future railway tunnel. This will double the capacity of the station, while reducing its footprint, allowing for the creation of a new park and new urban development areas.” - explained Dávid Vitézy, CEO of BFK.
 
Budapest's current rail network is maxed out, and its main terminal stations, the Nyugati, Keleti and Déli, cannot accommodate and turn any more trains. The only realistic way to increase capacity is to convert head terminals into through systems. A through track can service six times as many trains as a terminal track, because its trains do not have to be backed out, but can carry  on and followed by the next one in two or three minutes. This is why BFK is investigating the possibility of building a rail link under the Danube between Kelenföld and Nyugati stations, as instructed by the Government. A key element of the Strategy is the construction of the new Danube Tunnel. Although the development of the Nyugati Railway Station could be completed prior to the construction of the tunnel, it will be fully integrated with the future development plans for the planned railway tunnel.
 
According to the plans of the Strategy, trains will arrive from all regions of the country, from the suburbs, from the Liszt Ferenc International Airport, and from the county capitals. Towns and cities with a total of five million people will be connected directly with the Nyugati Railway Station, with no transfer needed.
 
The design programme of the design contest will include the following items:
  • New underground station and above-ground covered platform hall
  • Heritage hall with new functions and underground platforms
  • Renewable underpass spaces, handicapped-accessible integration into the urban fabric
  • Nyugati tér transformed into a modern, 21st century public space, without an overpass
  • Green public spaces for ecological and recreational purposes in the vacated railway areas, a contiguous green park from the Nagykörút to Dózsa György Road
  • New road, pedestrian and cycling links between districts XIII and VI and along the railway
We need the best designers for this project, and the best only compete in serious contests. Accordingly, we have some of the world's best designers among the shortlisted finalists. On 24 November, the BFK invited the following 12 architectural firms or consortia to participate in the second round of the design contest, and to submit their plans for the renewal of the Nyugati Railway Station and its surroundings by 1 March:
  • Benthem Crouwel Architects
  • Grimshaw Arhictects
  • Zaha Hadid Architects + Finta és Társai Építészstúdió + Buro Happold + Abud Mérnökiroda + Land Italia
  • Sweco Architects + Gateways
  • AREP Group Architectes
  • Ove Arup & Partners International
  • Plant - Atelier Peterkis + Hawkins Brown Architects
  • Albert Wimmer
  • Kengo Kuma & Associates + M-Teampannon
  • John McAslan + Partners
  • Foster + Partners
  • Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos + Szántó és Mikó
The invited architectural firms shall submit their entries by 1 March 2022, after which the jury will select the winning entry within one month. Then the winner may be commissioned to draw up detailed plans so that implementation can start from 2025.
Description
The competition will be administered according to the regulations of the Chamber of Hungarian Architects. In addition to the delegates of the State of Hungary and the Budapest Development Agency, the jury panel will be composed of the delegates of the municipalities of Budapest and the districts concerned, the representatives of the professional organisations and international railway construction experts.
The objective of the architectural design competition is to select the team of architects that
  • are prepared to perform the tasks related to the preparation of a complex and large-scale project;
  • regard the conditions of the location and the confines of the railway operation as sources of creativity;
  • are able to implement visionary thoughts with an engineering precision;
  • are able to mobilise multifaceted expertise;
  • possess the necessary knowledge and ambition to design a world class building complex;
  • unify innovative perceptions and have respect for traditions;
  • possess expertise that spans over all phases of the architectural design.
The Budapest Development Agency intends to conclude a design contract with the winner of the competition for the comprehensive preparation of Budapest Nyugati railway station and the renovation of the surrounding areas, encompassing the preparation of concept design plans, permit plans and construction plans, including the planning of the railway facilities.
 
Key figures of the competition:
  • 44 hectares of effective planning area;
  • 17.6 hectares for pedestrian public space and green area (according to the master plan’s recommendation);
  • 14,000 m2 floor area of the monumental hall;
  • 30,800 m2 floor area of underground railway station;
  • 82,000 m2 of gross floor area of all buildings.
TIMELINE

Entry phase

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Commencement of registration for the contest

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Deadline for receipt of questions

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Submission of the Participation Documentation

Competition (design) phase

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Commencement of the design phase, invitation of applicants

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3rd December, 2021

Site inspection

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17th December, 2021 11:59 pm

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1st March, 2022 12:00 pm

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26th March, 2022

Announcement of results

The history and features of the site
Introduction
 
Budapest Development Agency – being the state organisation responsible for the transport and urban development of the capital city and its suburban area – intends to announce a two-round international architectural design competition to select the designer of the historical monumental reconstruction of the Budapest Nyugati railway station and its underground expansion.
The basic principles of the architectural design competition were laid down by the Budapest Rail Node Study in 2020, establishing the region’s railway network’s development, which set out as its objective to improve the attractiveness of travelling by rail, the reliability of railway operations and the achievement of the related economic advantages. This is only possible by developing the existing network and by eliminating the inherited bottlenecks, these being hindered mainly by the current state of the Budapest Nyugati railway station and the line sections leading to it.
The renovation of Hungary’s oldest and busiest railway station is an unparalleled challenge on its own due to its historical features, dilapidated technical condition and its central location. However, the need for change is made particularly imminent by the construction of a new, underground station doubling its traffic capacity and number of passengers. This construction will, on the long run, establish a railway link between the railway lines of the eastern and western parts of the country through a new railway tunnel to be built under the Danube, and in the direction of the international airport as well, transforming the current Nyugati railway terminus into a transit station.
Budapest Nyugati railway station is already a busy transport intersection where 240,000 passengers pass through each day, and whose significance will be further augmented by the development in question. The architectural design competition will provide an opportunity for the long overdue rethinking of the surrounding public spaces complying with contemporary needs, and is closely linked to the ambitious brown-field programme in the areas surrounding the terminus, including the development of apartments, offices and green areas.
In our vision, Budapest Nyugati railway station, to be reborn through the architectural design competition, with its world-class architecture and services, will be the number one focus of the development of the Hungarian railway network in the international, long distance and suburban segments, as well as the development of Budapest’ city centre.

The history and features of the site
 
The terminus building, still standing to the present day, was opened to the public in 1877. The architectural design is the work of Austrian architect August W. de Serres, while the structure of the hall was designed by Theofil Seyrig, working for Gustav Eiffel’s engineering firm, together with Hungarian engineer Viktor Bernárdt.
 

 
In 1887, Budapest’s first tramway line was commissioned in the immediate neighbourhood of the terminus, the successor of which – today’s 4-6 line along Nagykörút – continues to remain the world’s busiest line, running 24/7. The terminus had been called Nyugati (Western) railway station from 1891 onwards, as it became one of the key stations of the Hungarian State Railways (MÁV), established through the nationalisation of the formerly existing private railway companies.


 
World War II left the terminus seriously damaged, but it was restored after the war. Between 1977 and 1979, the terminus saw the most significant reconstruction work of the entire 20th century: the hall’s structure – by then corroded to a critical risk level – was completely renovated, and the floors of the adjoining wings on its sides and the structure of the glass façade facing Nagykörút (Grand Boulevard) were reinforced to meet the requirements of the more stringent contemporary standards applicable to load-bearing structures. The renovation works were combined with the construction of the new M3 metro line, running in a north-south direction: The new metro station and its underground system was opened in 1981, and Váci Street’s overpass at Nyugati Square was also built, creating a complex, three-level system.


 
Budapest Nyugati railway station is a key element of the eclectic fabric of Pest’s densely built-in inner city, and being a transport intersection of the capital and having a regional significance, serves important commercial and service functions; the station is one of the country’s most important administrative centres and touristic sights. The railway area delicately balances between three different parts of the city having diverse architectural characters and functions; the governmental institutions housed in the eclectic 19th century palaces of Lipótváros, the highly prestigious residential blocks dating back to the Bauhaus-era of Újlipótváros, and the archaic apartment blocks of Terézváros, basically built around their own inner courtyards. Váci Street is an important business thoroughfare of the city, and Nagykörút is an iconic element of the pioneering urban development projects of the 19th century Budapest. The dividing effect of the railway tracks is a serious structural problem, as is the overbuilt nature of this part of the city with no adequate green surfaces.

 
Railway infrastructure
 
The significant railway infrastructure development projects of the past century generally did not affect Budapest’s system of termini and their connecting sections. Renovation of the suburban lines has only been implemented partially so far; the trains arriving to Budapest meet dilapidated infrastructure, short of capacities. To overcome this problem, the Budapest Rail Node Study (RNS) was developed, and its actions that are to be implemented over a period of 20 years target the comprehensive improvement of the railway’s attractiveness, capacity and reliability, in compliance with EU objectives.
One key measure is the construction of the tunnel under the Danube, that would, besides resolving bottlenecks and providing railway services to Budapest’s inner city, also transform Nyugati railway station into a transit station, directly linking it with the railway network of the western part of the country. In addition, RNS also intends to link up the suburban railway lines from Szentendre, Csepel and Ráckeve to create another north-south mass rapid transit urban railway line, and to develop the so-called M5 metro line, which will also cross the Budapest Nyugati railway station in a tunnel crossing the railway station perpendicularly. The construction of the two tunnels is expected to be completed in the next 10-20 years; their preparation is currently in the detailed feasibility study phase.
The comprehensive renovation of Budapest Nyugati railway station is already being formulated taking the Danube tunnel and the M5 metro line into account. This requires the construction of an underground deep station underneath the surface tracks of the historical monument hall and the hall itself, which will function as a terminus in the first phase, but will allow continuation of the railway tunnel in the southwestern direction using tunnel boring machine technology. The structural preparation for the M5 metro line station is also necessary right in the first phase. The competition announcement and its attachments will already include the draft plans for the railway track and the engineering structures; these will have to be considered as given features in the course of developing the competition.


The design task
 
Budapest Nyugati railway station is one Hungary’s most significant railway monuments and business transport intersections, the most valuable development area of Budapest’s inner city. Its planning is therefore a complex task, requiring a holistic approach in managing the transport and infrastructural, urban development, architectural and landscape architectural aspects of the project.
The task of the applicant is to design the new deep level station and the surface platform hall above it, including the platforms and the canopies. The monumental hall is to be converted into a traversable public space, inviting people to spend some time there, and the plan must also provide a functional future vision for the use of its auxiliary spaces. Fully respecting the building’s architectural values, coordinating the historical and contemporary structures presents a particular challenge.
All necessary passenger traffic and railway operational functions must be located in the terminus along with all the areas that may be used for of business purposes – commercial, service, office, cultural, etc.
The multi-storey, complex system of the spaces of the Budapest Nyugati railway station will be further expanded as a result of the project. The attractive and transparent design of the pedestrian passage and waiting spaces and vertical transport cores is a key element of the competition, associated with the public spaces and pedestrian underpasses around the building complex. The humanisation of these areas coupled with the needs of the present and the future is also part of the task. Similarly, the subject of the competition is the optimisation of the public transport transfer points, the bicycle and micro mobility and road accessibility of the terminus, including the logistical requirements.
The detailed feasibility study, prepared as a basis of the competition, also includes an urban development master plan. By further consideration, the development concept of the brown field areas behind the terminus must be enhanced, particularly the linear green surfaces that can be developed along the railway track to improve the interoperability of the urban fabric and to liberate the property development potential of the area.
 

  • 1. Nyugati railway station and new underground station
  • 2. Connecting railway tracks
  • 3. Inner Podmaniczky Street development area
  • 4a. Nyugati Square underpass system
  • 4b. Nyugati Square surface development
  • 5. Ferdinand Bridge
  • 6a. Nyugati railway station railway access sections
  • 6b. Outer Podmaniczky Street development area
  • 7. Adjacent related areas

 

 
Evaluation Committee
Chairman Dr. Balázs Fürjes

Dr. Balázs Fürjes

Minister of State for Budapest and the Development of the Capital's Metropolitan Area, Government Commissioner for Major Developments in Budapest and International Sports Competitions

Introduction

The new Fradi Stadium, the Danube Arena, the House of Fates, the Aquarium were built under his leadership, and Ludovika and Orczy Park were renewed and expanded. Previously, in less than three years after the burning of the Budapest Sports Hall, he managed the construction of the Papp László Sports Arena and the complete renovation of the area. In addition, he was responsible for the development of the MOME Campus, the further development of the Ludovika Campus and the construction of the Ferenc Puskás Stadium. He has spent fifteen years in the private sector as a corporate executive and lawyer.
Co-Chairman Zsolt Füleky

Zsolt Füleky

Deputy Minister of State for Architecture, Construction and Heritage

Introduction

Born in Budapest in 1974, graduated as a teacher of religion at the Eger College of Theology in 2000, and as an architect in 2004 at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics. From 2004 to 2010, he worked as a designer in various offices. In 2010 he started his political work in the National Office of Chief Architect of the Ministry of the Interior, and from 2014 he was the Deputy Minister of State  for Architecture and Construction in the Prime Minister's Office.
Co-Chairman Dávid Vitézy

Dávid Vitézy

CEO, BFK Budapest Development Agency

Member Gyöngyvér Iványi

Gyöngyvér Iványi

State chief architect

Introduction

She was a design intern at Urban-Lis Stúdió Kft between 2001-2004. Worked at the Chief Architect's Office in Budapest Capital VIII. district Józsefváros Municipality Mayor's Office between 2005-2013 as an adminstrator, between 2013 and 2017 as its office manager, then between 2017-2020 she was the office manager's chief architect. Shee is the State chief architect at the Government Office of the Capital City of Budapest since 1st April 2020.
Member Dr. László Mosóczi

Dr. László Mosóczi

Minister of State for Transport Policy

Introduction

Certified transport engineer. He graduated in 1984 from the Budapest University of Technology, Faculty of Transport Engineering, Department of Transport, Transport System management. In 1990, he obtained his doctoral degree (dr.univ) from the Budapest University of Technology. Between 1999 - 2001 he participated in  MBA (Master of Business Administration), Budapest University of Technology and Economics;   a joint courses with foreign higher education institutions (State University of New York, Rochester Institute of Technology) in management, finance and economics specialization.
From 1987 he was the senior manager of MÁV, later MÁV Zrt., Iin 2012 he was the Deputy General Manager responsible for international relations of MÁV Zrt. Between 2014-2016, he was the director of the Railway Development Program Office of NIF Nemzeti Infrastruktúra Fejlesztő Zrt. From 2016 to 2018, Ministry of National Development, Deputy State Secretary for Transport. In 1998 he was awarded the title of “Europe Engineer”, the Mikó Imre Prize in 2003,  the Medal of Merit for Transport in 2012.
Member Marianna Szetei-Szőke

Marianna Szetei-Szőke

Architect, MÁV chief architect's office manager

Introduction

She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Budapest University of Technology. Already during her university years, she managed to work in several well-known architectural firms in Budapest and thus develop a comprehensive architectural vision. She spent a longer time at Közti Zrt, in the studio of Zoltán Tima, where she took part in the design of residential and office buildings, and then the Liszt Ferenc International Airport. After the birth of her children, she began to deal with the professional tasks of the infrastructure investment area. The architectural expert of Nemzeti Infrastruktúra Fejlesztő Zrt. since 2016, and  the head of the real estate development department of MÁV Zrt since 2020.
Member Zoltán Erő

Zoltán Erő

Ybl-prize winning architect, Chief architect of Budapest

Introduction

He graduated from the Faculty of Architecture of the Budapest University of Technology in 1982. In 1988-89 he obtained a degree in Historic Engineering from the Center for the Conservation of Historic Houses and Towns, Leuven (Belgium). As the leading architect of Palatium Stúdió Kft., he performed historical, urban development and urban rehabilitation tasks. He was involved in the design of Metro 4 stations and in the renovation program of several public spaces in Budapest. He worked in the groups dealing with herritage tasks of the Council of Europe and the European Union, as a lecturer at the Department of Urban Studies of the Budapest University of Technology, and led the of the National Cultural Fund's College for Monument and Archeology. Chief architect of Budapest since 2020.
Member Máté Győrffy

Máté Győrffy

Architect, Deputy mayor of Budapest Capital VI. district responsible for Urban Development

Member Adrienn Sági

Adrienn Sági

Architect, Chief architect of Budapest Capital V. district

Introduction

She completed her studies at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and graduated from the Department of Public Building Design. After graduating, she worked in design offices, and since 2017 she has been working as the Chief Architect of Budapest Capital V. district, which she finds a huge challenge every day. Her mission is to help create a unified cityscape and architectural image of the district with her professional opinion, but committed to the protection of monuments and the architectural values of the district, which she intends to fulfill with the utmost humility.
Member Katalin Massányi

Katalin Massányi

Architect, Chief architect of Budapest Capital XIII. district

Introduction

She has a degree in architecture, a degree in urban planning and is an urban economics and a town planner. She started his professional career in 1997 as an urban planner at Mű-hely Zrt. During her 16 years in urban design, she has gained insight into the profession from the side of architects, municipalities and investors alike. Her planning areas mainly included districts of Budapest and rural cities. 
Since 2009,  first chief architect of Budakalász, then of Budapest III. district, and nowadays she is the chief architect of XIII. district in Budapest. She reviews 50-100 architectural plans a year with her colleagues and assists designers through the building permitting process, which has been the responsibility of government agencies since March 2020. She is in daily contact with customers who request information about current legislation and a variety of settlement issues and procedures.
Member Anthony Gall

Anthony Gall

Ybl-award winning architect, expert of historical architecture

Introduction

Ybl- and Pro Architectura award-winning architect. He studied architecture at the University of Queensland and then localized it at the Budapest University of Technology, from where he also obtained a PhD in 2005. Besides his work as an architect, he regularly publishes in the field of architectural history and monuments. From Between 2004 and 2007 he was a lecturer at the University of Queensland, from 2012 he was a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Architecture of the University of Óbuda, currently a University Professor and Dean.
Member Katalin Csillag

Katalin Csillag

Architect

Introduction

Ybl-prize winning architect, senior designer. She graduated from the Department of Public Building Design at Budapest University of Thechnology and Economics in 1992, and between1992-1994 she pursued postgraduate studies at the Department of Urban Planning at the Technical University of Graz, while working as a designer of Helmut Zieseritsch's architecture in Graz. In 1994, she founded the 3h architectural firm with Zsolt Gunther. She graduated from the MÉSZ Master School in 2002. Master teacher at the Master School since 2008. In 2019, she received the Ybl Award. She is a member of the architectural council in XIII. district in Budapest since 2020. She was elected to the board members of MÉSZ. Their work, signed with Zsolt Gunther as a creative couple, has won numerous awards.
Member László Molnár

László Molnár

Engineer, Transport economics engineer

Introduction

His job from 1975 until his retirement was at FŐMTERV, where he worked as a design engineer, office manager, and from 1990 to 2009 he was the President and Director of the Company. His main area of expertise is urban and regional transport planning, in addition to his individual work, he was the leader of several national and capital conceptual planning teams. He was the co-president of KTE between 2000 and 2009, the president of the Transport Department of MMK, and the vice-president of MAUT. He has been retired since 2010 and is suspending his profession for a year due to his travels. After his return, he was a member of the Steering Committee during the preparation of the National Transport Strategy, then a member of the Mór Balázs Committee in the capital, the column leader of the Urban Transport magazine, and the author of several professional publications. As an expert, he is still an active practitioner of hungarian transport planning. Awards: Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary, József Jáky Award (KTE), Zielinszky Award (MMK), Golden Milestone Plaque (MAUT).
Member Bálint Dományi

Bálint Dományi

Architect, Urbanist, Head of Urban Development ad Design (BFK)

Introduction

He graduated in architecture in 2006 from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics, and in 2015 he also received a degree in urban engineering there. From 2006 he worked for the BFVT, an urban planning company of the Budapest Municipality; from 2011 he participated in the work of BKK as a consultant, from the year of 2013 as an urban development manager. Later, he took on tasks at MÁV and then at the Museum of Transport, and since 2020 he is the urban planning manager of BFK.
Member László Somodi

László Somodi

Transport engineer, Director of Transport Development (BFK)

Member Csaba Tóth

Csaba Tóth

Architect, Building Construction Lead Expert (BFK)

Introduction

He graduated as an architect from the Budapest University of Technology (BME), then worked as a designer for a large construction company in Munich, and when he returned home he was a designer of IPARTERV for five years. He later led the entire Hungarian planning process for a German real estate development company, and then, as the design and construction director and later the CEO of a Hungarian real estate development company, he developed several office buildings and residential buildings in Budapest. 
In recent years, he has led the preparation, design and construction of some of the most outstanding projects in the field of architecture, led by the government commissioner Dr. Balázs Fürjes. He has been assisting the work of the General Directorate of Building Construction and Balázs Fürjes at the Budapest Development Center as a consultant since May.
Member Judit  Z. Halmágyi

Judit Z. Halmágyi

Pro Architectura Award winning architect

Introduction

Architect, designer, urban development specialist. He is currently a leading architect-designer of ZHJ Architects, an architectural atelier operating in satellite form and a creative workshop; and a lecturer and associate professor at the Budapest Metropolitan University, majoring in Environmental Culture.
Member Anthony Dewar

Anthony Dewar

Professional Head Buildings and Architecture, Network Rail

Introduction

Experienced Civil Engineer and Design Professional, Anthony has over 20 years of industry experience and has spent his career in a numerous of private and public sector bodies. Anthony is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Royal Society of Arts.  He is a member of the National Infrastructure Commission Design Group and New London Architecture Transport and Infrastructure Expert Panel.
Anthony highlighted the importance of design within rail infrastructure amongst his peers and the industry leaders. His notable achievements include forming the Network Rail (NR) independent design panel, development of NR design principles, reinvigorating NR’s design approach via design competitions and introduction of built environment design guidance.
Member Mojmir Nejezchleb

Mojmir Nejezchleb

Deputy Director General for Czech Railway Modernization, Správa železnic

Introduction

Born in 1963 in Brno, Czech Republic.
Finished his studies in Brno Technical University, Civil Engineering Faculty in specialization structures and traffic constructions focusing on railway constructions.
In Czech Railways and later in Railway Administration he was in several  positions in the field of railway infrastructure from 1986 - as a chief of regional track administration, director of track department and director of strategy department.
He is in the position of Deputy Director General for railway modernization since 2013.
Member Tihamér Szalay

Tihamér Szalay

Ybl-award winning architect, Vice President of the Hungarian Chamber of Architects

Member Sándor Fegyverneky

Sándor Fegyverneky

Architect, former State Chief Architect

Alternate member Judit Rab

Judit Rab

Architect, Urbanist, Head of Urban Planning and Design (BFK)

Introduction

She completed her undergraduate and postgraduate studies at Budapest University of Technology (BME) and at ENSAP University of Lille. She specializes in architecture, urban architecture, innovative  infrastructures in cities, and settlement development. She is an invited lecturer and researcher at the Department of Urban Design, BME. She previously worked as an architect and urban architect, and then as a senior employee of the Lechner Knowledge Center and worked on the introduction of smart city development methods in Hungary. She currently heads the Urban Architecture Department of the Budapest Development Center and is responsible for coordinating the planning of development projects with the appropriate urban content and quality.
Alternate member Samu Szemerey

Samu Szemerey

Architect, urbanist

Experts

The list of invited experts will be published at a later stage.

APPLICANTS WHO PROGRESSED TO THE DESIGN PHASE
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Albert Wimmer ZT-GmbH

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AREP ARCHITECTES + AREP

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Benthem Crouwel Architects

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CRUZ Y ORTIZ - LAMELA - SZÁNTÓ&MIKÓ

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Foster + Partners Ltd

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Grimshaw International Ltd

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John McAslan + Partners Ltd

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KENGO KUMA & ASSOCIATES + M-Teampannon Kft

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Ove Arup & Partners International Ltd

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PLANT - Atelier Peterkis Kft + Hawkins Brown Architecture Ltd

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Sweco Architects + Gateways

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Zaha Hadid Limited + Finta és Társai Építész Stúdió Kft + Buro Happold Ltd + Abud Mérnökiroda Kft + LAND Italia Srl