Improving social sensitivity of our students is fundamental. We must be aware of the ethical aspects of architecture, as it is not simply a matter of aesthetics anymore. It is a public affair, and its future lies in the students. This is the future we build. - dr. habil. Balázs Markó
Ybl Miklos Faculty of Architecture and Civil Engineering started its 141st academic year in 2020. Since its opening in 1879 times have changed and so has the institution. The main goal however, remained: providing up-to-date education in the field. To accomplish this and respond challenges of the 21st century, new methodology and curriculum were established in 2017. Architect students are organized into workshops, with experienced leaders and a collective of young and energetic teachers. Besides, teams of students actively participate in shaping the faculty on both mental and physical levels: projects, summer camps, exhibitions are held and they sometimes demolish walls and renovate their workshop areas in the old building of the faculty.
After three years of thinking and working together, students and their teachers organized an exhibition in February 2020 at FUGA Architectural Centre of Budapest. Bachelor and Master students of all grades inhabited two large rooms with their works, while also teachers presented themselves with pieces of artwork and unbuilt concepts and theoretical projects. Past, present and future were connected throughout the three-day event, as research, practice and education appeared parallel. Movies, iconic Professors of the 20th century and up-and-coming young professionals came together to discuss architecture and education. Smaller groups, personal and workshop-like methods, physical and virtual modelling resulted in a colorful yet balanced exhibition, which represents the core values of the school.
This was also represented in a booklet published at the end of 2019. It was an important milestone summarizing projects from the last three years of the school. Professor Dr. habil. Marcel Ferencz pointed out in his introduction, that one of the most important goals as teachers is to find new ways and initiate discussions. Students join these discussions and ultimately find new solutions. Architecture is a constant great rejuvenation of ideas and design.
As dr. habil. Balázs Markó emphasized, the cores of the education are the workshops and the relationships between the teachers and students. This relation is based on trust and confidence as students grow professionally. The joy of creation overcomes all obstacles and difficulties, connecting generations and different cultures.