Napraforgó street 9. (original number 9. and 11.)

Tervező: Róbert K. Kertész

Budapest, 1876 – Budapest, 1951, architect, secretary of state, university privat-docent, specialist of cultural policy

He graduated at the Budapest University of Technology. Between 1900-1908 he worked as a teaching assistant at the ancient architecture department of the university. In 1904-1905 he travelled all over Europe, America, and the Far East, then he published articles on his globe-trotting architectural study tour in the periodicals „Magyarország” and „Vasárnapi Újság”. He was engaged in the history of architecture, mainly the study of the architecture of different periods and peoples. In 1908 he was employed by the Ministry of Religion and Public Education where first he became the director of the building department then, between 1922-1932, the director of the art department. In 1923-1924 he worked as deputy state secretary. In the 1st World War he served as a volunteer on the Serbian front (1916-1916), then he was the technical and art rapporteur for the coronation of king IV. Károly. In 1918 he was nominated university private-docent in the domain of East-Asian architecture.
He prepared the plans of the Premonstrasesian gymnasium in Gödöllő together with Gyula Sváb. He was the winner of several architectural plan competitions. Together with Károly Weichinger he made plans for the city centre (Forum) of Budapest. They received the first prize at the design contest of the new City Hall, however, their plans were not realized. Their joint works are for example the development plan of the housing estate and public buildings of the power plant in Pestszentlőrinc.
He fulfilled numerous public functions: vice president of the National Committee of Historic Monuments, acting president of the National Council of Art, vice president of the Hungarian Association of Engineers and Architects, president of the Building Section of the former, president of the National Boatman Association (from 1927). He was the president of the executive committee of the Budapest world congress on architecture (1930).

Source of photos: Tér és Forma 1931/10, 305-326, Vékás András, Mátéffy Bendegúz
Source of ground-plans: Tér és Forma 1931/10, 305-326

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