ZDA – Zoboki Design And Architecture

ZDA – Zoboki Design And Architecture


  • Practice: ZDA - Zoboki Design And Architecture
  • Website: zda.hu/hu/kezdolap/
  • Firm Location: Hungary, Budapest
  • Country: Hungary
  • Year: 1997

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Gabor Zoboki

Gábor Zoboki DLA habil., university professor and founder of Zoboki Design & Architecture (ZDA) He began his professional career by working at some of Hungary’s leading architectural firms. Since starting his own practice, he has been the lead architect on many key projects, as well as the firm’s chief designer, idea-generator and manager.

His most complex project to date was the design of the Palace of Arts in Budapest (2005), where he succeeded in creating an exceptional, trail-blazing building both architecturally and in terms of technology.

 Thanks to this building, the Hungarian capital now has a reputation as one of the leading and most technically advanced venues in the world for concerts. Through the architectural, technological and organisational experience gained here, the firm has acquired unique expertise that it has brought to bear and will continue to use in other large-scale projects. ZDA has been invited by many countries around the world to design similar establishments (Shenzhen Nanshan Cultural Centre, Shenzhen Opera House – China; Palace of Arts Surgut – Siberia; Academy of Music Budapest, National Dance Theatre Budapest). Also being renovated based on the firm’s architectural plans is one of the most iconic listed buildings in Hungary, the 135-year-old Hungarian State Opera House. 

Mr Zoboki has received numerous prestigious architectural awards for his work, both in Hungary and abroad. He regularly contributes articles to leading professional journals.

Besides his native Hungarian, he speaks English, German, Russian and French.

Practice Ideology

The vocation of an architect has two facets: one is humanistic, driven by ideals, always rethinking the conditions of human existence, a creator who is anxious about the environment, and the other is a materialistic one who masters the world of technical, technological knowledge. I believe it is indispensable to strive for high-level cultivation of both of these qualities if we want to create good architecture. In today’s complex, constantly changing environment in which we work special empathy is required to carry out our architectural tasks at a high level of quality. I believe in the preservation and transfer of ideals and experience across generations, and that planning is a team effort: high-standard, creative architectural solutions to increasingly complex tasks can only be produced by a multi-faceted and open-minded circle of creative individuals. Our practice has been working in the spirit of this philosophy since 1997.

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