Imre Halasz: Architect and Educator

Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 17, 5:30 – 7pm, Wolk Gallery (7-338)

Born and educated in Budapest, Imre Halasz (1925–2003) was an internationally recognized architect, urban designer and teacher. He came to the United States in 1957 in the wake of the Hungarian Revolution and was appointed to the faculty of the School of Architecture and Planning at MIT, where he taught until his retirement in 1991.

Imre Halasz’s greatest legacy is as a teacher. He mentored hundreds of students in his fifty-year career and served as an advisor for nearly 100 theses at MIT. He also held appointments at many other design schools in the US, Europe and South America, including Harvard, Rice, Tulane, RISD and the Architectural Association, London.

Halasz was a partner, with his brother, in the Boston firm Imre & Anthony Halasz, Inc. The firm worked on private and institutional projects in the US and abroad between 1960 and 1991. Their work spanned a wide architectural spectrum from small discrete architectural projects, such as the Shawmut Bank at Government Center (Boston, 1963), to complex urban plans for sites from Canada to Chile.

Imre Halasz: Architect and Educator will focus on several projects including Saint John of Damascus Church (Dedham, 1986) and Don Bosco High School (Boston, 1968–89), as well as Halasz’s unbuilt proposal for Rotch Library at MIT (1982–87). Also exhibited will be Halasz’s urban design work in Santiago, Chile and Alessandria, Italy, and his wide range of geometric studies. This is the first major exhibition of Halasz’s work outside of Hungary, and features selections from the Imre Halasz Collection in the MIT Museum.

The exhibition is made possible by a generous grant from Imre Halasz Trust. Exhibition organized by the Wolk Gallery and the MIT Museum; curated by Jonathan Duval.