Gábor Richly, the new Secretary-General of HAA

At the convention of HAA on 27 September, marking the 10th anniversary of Imre Makovecz's death, Gergely Gulyas, the prime minister's chief of staff paid tribute to world-renowned architect. 
At the meeting the public body of HAA elected Gabor Richly, director of the Helsinki Hungarian Cultural and Science Centre, as Secretary-General of HAA for five years. The position is to be handed over by Tamás Gergely Kucsera, who has been the Secretary-General of HAA for ten years.
Gergely Gulyás said: "Makovecz's oeuvre is a fundamental value of our nation," and added that Makovecz had been committed to and fought to set up HAA. He highlighted among Makovecz's designs the Hungarian pavilion at Expo'92 in Seville, the campus of the Pázmány Péter Catholic University and houses built in Hungarian villages hit by the red sludge disaster in 2010. "Makovecz was famous for standing by things that seemed lost if he believed they were worthy of support," Gulyás stressed. He also said that HAA played an important role in giving way to the creation of new works and because of this role HAA is regarded by the government as "a public body of primary importance, a constitutional institution". 

Before the election Gábor Richly said: "I have gained many years of managerial experience and diplomatic experience in public administration. Substantial results are needed in the field of academics' oeuvre, care for their legacy, and in the international dissemination of outstanding artistic achievements. Participants in the fellowship program must be more closely linked to the Academy. The guidelines, methodology and strategic goals of HAA must be included in the program of the National Cultural Council led by György Vashegyi."
On 20 September a new book written by Gábor Richly on the story of the Helsinki Hungarian Cultural and Science Centre between 1980 and 2020 was launched in the office building of HAA with the presence of – among others – György Vashegyi, the President of HAA, Tamás Gergely Kucsera, the Secretary-General of HAA, János Kiss, the Vice-President of HAA, Péter Stefanovits, the Chair of HAA's Section of Fine Arts as well as the author.
October 15, 2021