Nóra Demeter, Int’l. Assoc. AIA

Studio director, international architect

How can architecture acclimate to new ways of working and living—and a changing global environment? Nóra Demeter has spent her career addressing this question with elegant and dynamic design solutions around the world. She shares her insights during a unique Day 3 keynote panel, Anticipate Change: What’s Next in Architecture.

Nóra’s international career began when she moved to Budapest, Hungary in 1993. Five years later, she began a partnership with Gábor Zoboki that would launch nearly two decades of tackling complex local and international projects.

Her work as co-founder of Zoboki Demeter Associates (ZDA) includes acting as lead architect on the Spiral Office Building—the flagship structure of Budapest’s renewed District XIII—and the Center Point office building, also in Budapest.

Today Nóra continues this vision of transformation and unity through Demeter Design Studio, a ZDA affiliate that offers high-end architectural and interior design services. Nóra was the 2016 president of AIA Continental Europe and has served on the chapter’s board of directors for the past 10 years.

Always adapting

Interpreting the constantly shifting needs of the future has been a hallmark of Nóra’s career. With ZDA, she led design and construction of the Nanshan Culture and Sports Center in Shenzhen, China, helping the region’s cultural institutions catch up with its economic growth. She was also on the team selected to lead Hungary’s first museum devoted to 20th century art, The Palace of the Arts.

“Our profession is not only about bricks and concrete and glass. We determine, for generations to come, the living environments that we inhabit. This is an important dialogue to continue.”

Keynote details

Nóra shares the keynote stage with Michael Ford, Assoc. AIA; Cheryl MacAfee, FAIA; and moderator Frances Anderton on Day 3 right before Amy Cuddy’s presentation on the power of change. Don’t miss this exciting event on Saturday, April 29.

See this panel:
Saturday, 12:30pm, Hall C
Anticipate Need: What’s Next in Architecture


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