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Sandor Devenyi

Pecs, Hungary
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Sandor Devenyi (27 November 1948 - ) is an award-winning Hungarian architect. Born in Pecs, 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.

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

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

In 1989, along with Imre Makovecz and others, he founded the Kos Karoly Association (Kos Karoly Egyesules), 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 Gellert square in Budapest, along with a new fountain.

His son, Marton Devenyi, is also an architect. Sandor Devenyi received the Miklos Ybl Prize in 1988 and Pro Architectura Prize in 1994.

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Pecs, Hungary
dkovacs, March 20th, 2019
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