Project Management Forum 2017

Organized by the Óbuda Group and the Hungarian Project Management Association



The presentations can be downloaded below:

Presentation of Stephen Wells

Presentation of János Szalay

Presentation of Florian Frotscher


Speakers: STEPHEN WELLS, Mace Group
KERSTEN BACHMANN, Takata EMEA Operations Airbag & Electronic
JÁNOS SZALAY, Audi Hungaria Zrt.
Key topics: Large-scale Hungarian building projects from an international perspective versus projects around the world from a Hungarian perspective


What are the unique challenges of large-scale building projects in Hungary compared to regional, European and global ones?


As a Hungarian architect, engineer, project manager what is the key of success in a global marketplace?


How to adapt global practices to local conditions?

Date: 26 September, 2017
Venue: BMC (Budapest Music Center)
1093 Budapest, Mátyás utca 8.
Lectures: In Hungarian / English language, with simultaneous interpretation




08:30 – 09:00 Registration, coffee
09:00 – 09:20 Welcome speeches
Péter Kálmán, CEO, Óbuda-Újlak Zrt.
József Cserna, Chairman, Hungarian Project Management Association
09:20 – 09:40 “Transformational Programmes and their impact on the business of Project Management”
Stephen Wells RIBA, Director, Public Sector Programmes, Mace Group
09:45 – 10:05 “The success story of an automotive investment project in Hungary”
Kersten Bachmann, Director, EMEA Operations Airbag & Electronic; Managing Director, Takata Safety Systems Hungary Kft.
10:10 – 10:30 Panel discussion
Stephen Wells, Kersten Bachmann, Florian Frotscher, moderator: Nándor Kovács
10:30 – 11:15 Coffee break
11:15 – 11:35 “…deaf architects, blind acousticians…”
Gábor Zoboki DLA habil., Director, Lead Architect, ZDA-Zoboki Studio
11:40 – 12:00 “Focus on communication – new administration building of Audi in Ingolstadt”
János Szalay, Leader, Architectural Planning, Audi Hungaria Zrt.
12:05 – 12:25 “An architect is a foreigner”
Florian Frotscher, Partner, Make Architects
12:30 – 12:50 Panel discussion
Gábor Zoboki, János Szalay, Péter Kálmán, moderator: Nándor Kovács
12:50 Closing remarks






Director, Public Sector Programmes, Mace Group

Director, Public Sector Programmes, Mace Group

Stephen is a qualified Architect, and has led a number of major redevelopment projects over his 25-year career, including being Head of Design, Engineering and Statutory Consents for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and Delivery Partner and Programme Director for a new £1billion Cultural and Education district development of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park as part of the Legacy for the Games.

He’s currently leading the Mace Delivery Partner team on a transformational programme of new prison facilities across the UK. The £1,3billion Prison Estate Transformation Programme will fundamentally change the way the male and female population in the prisons are managed and the way prisons serve the courts for the better. Stephen recently collaborated with Óbuda Group in the development of a Business Case for the Delivery Authority for Budapest’s bid to host the 2024 Olympic Games.

Director, EMEA Operations Airbag & Electronic; Managing Director, Takata Safety Systems Hungary Kft. 

Director, EMEA Operations Airbag & Electronic; Managing Director, Takata Safety Systems Hungary Kft. 

Kersten Bachmann has been working for 18 years, since 1999 at Takata Corporation. He started as a project manager and accomplishing a remarkable career path, today he is the Director of the Airbag and Electronics Operations of the company in Europe. In this position, he played an important role in the preparation and decision-making process of the company’s recent investment in Miskolc. Takata invested 68,3 million euros in the new plant, with a 25-hectare ground and 60 000 sqm product built-in area. The new facility features the most modern technology as well as state-of-the-art systems for development, testing and quality control.

Director, Lead Architect, ZDA-Zoboki Studio

Director, Lead Architect, ZDA-Zoboki Studio

Gábor Zoboki founded his architect studio in 1997 and won multiple prestigious Hungarian and international awards, such as the Príma Primissima Award, Ybl Miklós Award and Pro Architectura Awards. In his design philosophy he places special emphasis on applying complex, multi-disciplinary approach taking into account the interaction of urban planning and architectural layers.

His track record includes several cultural, office and residential projects, such as the Palace of Arts, Budapest, awarded „FIABCI Prix d’Excellence 2006”, the award-winning R&D Centre of Richter Gedeon in Budapest, the Headquartes of Telenor in Törökbálint and the Nanshan Cultural and Sports Centre and Museum in Shenzen, China. Gábor, author of numerous publications, studies and lectures, is also a professor at the University of Pécs, member of the Exam Committee at the Budapest University of Technology and Economics and Vice-Chairman of the Association of Hungarian Architects.

Leader, Architectural Planning, Audi Hungaria Zrt.

Leader, Architectural Planning, Audi Hungaria Zrt.

János Szalay joined Audi Hungaria Zrt. in 2000 as a graduate architect and after nearly a decade and numerous construction projects he became the Leader of Architectural Planning, being responsible for planning and delivery of construction projects in the entire Audi Plant in Győr. From 2013 he spent three years on a unique assignment in the Ingolstadt Headquarters, delivering a new office building complex of 100 000 sqm as Project Director. During his 17 years at Audi Hungaria Zrt. the site area grew by more than 300 hectares, while additional 800 000 sqm floor area was built.

His mission is to set an example for innovative, sustainable and efficient planning, construction and management of present and future plants, thus providing a firm basis for premium car-manufacturing.

Partner, Make Architects

Partner, Make Architects

Originally a London-based studio, Make is now an international, award-winning architecture practice with one purpose: to design the best buildings, places and spaces in the world. Founded by Ken Shuttleworth, former Partner in Foster and Partners in 2004, the practice has grown to over 150 people across studios in London, Sydney and Hong Kong.
Since joining Make in 2006, Florian has overseen a range of key projects in the UK and abroad, including several prestigious office and mixed use developments.

He has managed the design and delivery of several award-winning projects, among them a complex refurbishment for HSBC Private Bank in Geneva, and led high-profile international bids for schemes in Switzerland, Germany and Tehran. He is currently leading the design of a series of commercial buildings in central Budapest and an office building in Bratislava.