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Sándor Dévényi

Pécs, Hungary
1 of 1FOMA

Sándor Dévényi (27 November 1948 - ) is an award-winning Hungarian architect. Born in Pécs, he has been a major figure of local architecture from the 1980s, and as a friend and follower of Imre Makovecz, an important master of the so-called Hungarian organic architectural movement.

Dévényi studied at the Budapest University of Technology in 1968-1973. In 1973-75 he worked at IPARTERV, then moved back to Pécs and started at the local BARANYATERV, the state company responsible for building project in the county. In 1990 he started his own office Dévényi és Társa, with partner Iván Halas.

From the mid-1970s onwards, Dévényi collaborated with the Pécs Group, lead by György Csete, an early proponent of Hungarian organic architecture. While mostly designing small-scale inetrventions and heritage project, Dévényi managed to evolve a distinct personal style, based on his personal connections to the local Zsolnay ceramics factory, elements of traditional Pécs architecture and working methods of the organic movement. This particular postmodern working method culminated in buildings such as the Lightning-struck Building (Pécs, 1978-1985), the House of Weddings (Pécs, 1983-1985) or the Roman Courts (Pécs, 1991).

In 1989, along with Imre Makovecz and others, he founded the Kós Károly Association (Kós Károly Egyesülés), as a background organization supporting the organic movement. In 2009 he was elected to lead the Association. From the 1990s onwards, he received major public commissions; his best-known work is the regeneration of the Gellért square in Budapest, along with a new fountain.

His son, Márton Dévényi, is also an architect. Sándor Dévényi received the Miklós Ybl Prize in 1988 and Pro Architectura Prize in 1994.

Pécs, Hungary
DKovacs, March 20th, 2019