Ákos Moravánszky
adjunct professor emeritus
Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum vitae

Ákos Moravánszky has been Titular Professor of the Theory of Architecture at the Institut gta (Institute for the History and Theory of Architecture) of ETH Zurich since 2005.

Born in 1950 in Székesfehérvár, Hungary, Ákos Moravánszky studied architecture at the Technical University in Budapest, Hungary, between 1969 and 1974 and then worked as an architectural designer in Budapest. From 1977 on he studied art history and historic preservation with a Herder scholarship at the Technical University in Vienna, Austria, where he received his doctorate in 1980. Between 1983 and 1986, he was Editor-in-Chief of the magazine of the Hungarian Union of Architects, "Magyar Épitömüvészet". From 1986 until 1988 he was a Research Fellow at the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte in Munich, Germany, with an Alexander-von-Humboldt-Scholarship. Between 1989 and 1991 he was invited to the Getty Center for History of Art and the Humanities in Santa Monica, California as a Research Associate. From 1991 until 1996 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts). In 1996 he was invited to teach the Theory of Architecture at the Institut gta of the ETH Zurich. During the academic term 2003/2004 he was appointed Visiting Professor at the University of Applied Art in Budapest, Hungary as a Szent-Györgyi Fellow. He organized international conferences and colloquia such as Freedom – Free Time: Fleeing from the Everyday in Eastern & Western European Architecture 1960-1980 at the ETH Zurich in 2007, or Experiments: Architecture Between Natural Sciences and Art in Gut Siggen, Germany 2008.

Ákos Moravánszky was President of the editorial board of the Swiss architectural journal Werk, Bauen+Wohnen and serves on the editorial board of the journal tec21. He is advisor to the Getty Grant Program (Getty Center, Los Angeles) and to the Fonds for the Support of Scientific Research, Austria. He is member of the Advisory Board of Footprint, the theory magazine of the Delft School of Design and of Prostor, a scholarly journal for architecture and urban design of Zagreb University.

The main areas of research and publication activities of Ákos Moravánszky are the history of East and Middle European architecture in the 19th-20th centuries, the history of architectural theory, and the iconology of building materials and constructions. He is working on a book project on material transformations in architecture.

Published books and more recent contributions:

Adolf Loos. Die Kultivierung der Architektur (Zurich: gta Verlag, 2008 – Co-editor w. B. Langer and E. Mosayebi).

Precisions. Architektur zwischen Wissenschaft und Kunst. Architecture Between Sciences and the Arts. Co-editor w. Ole W. Fischer (Berlin: Jovis Verlag, 2008).

„Infiltrations and Interferences: Scientific Methods in Art and Architecture“, in Lourdes Cirlot, M. Jesús Buxó, Anna Casanovas, Alberto T. Estévez (ed.): Arte, Arquitectura y Sociedad_Digital (Barcelona: Universitat de Barcelona, 2007), p. 133-144.

„The Reproducibility of Taste“, in Petra Hagen Hodgson, Rolf Toyka, The Architect, the Cook and Good Taste (Basel, Boston, Berlin: Birkhäuser, 2007), p. 72-81.

Bearth & Deplazes: Konstrukte/Constructs. Heinz Wirz, Editor (Lucerne: Quart Verlag, 2005)

Architekturtheorie im 20. Jahrhundert. Eine kritische Anthologie (Vienna, New York: Springer, with Katalin Moravánszky Gyöngy, 2003).

Das entfernte Dorf: Moderne Kunst und ethnischer Artefakt (Vienna, Cologne, Weimar: Böhlau, 2002) – (Á.M., editor and contributor)

Spacepieces. Valentin Bearth & Andrea Deplazes (Lucerne: Quart Publishers, 2000). German and Italian editions in 1999 and 2000.

Competing Visions: Aesthetic Invention and Social Imagination in Central European architecture, 1867-1918. (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 1998). Hungarian edition in 1998.

Die Architektur der Donaumonarchie/ The Architecture of the Habsburg Empire (Budapest: Corvina; Berlin: Ernst & Sohn, 1988). Hungarian edition in 1988.

Die Erneuerung der Baukunst. Wege zur Moderne in Mitteleuropa / The Renewal of Architecture: Paths to Modernity in Central Europe (Salzburg, Vienna: Residenz Verlag, 1988)

Antoni Gaudí (Berlin: Henschelverlag, 1985). Hungarian and Polish editions in 1980 and 1983.