• Testimonials 2016

    Arch. Șerban ȚIGĂNAȘ

    Chairman INGLASS & LAUD 2016 edition, Bucharest
    President of the Order of Architects of Romania

    INGLASS & LAUD 2016 edition, Bucharest
    Thoughts that remain
    This time, the conferences have brought, it seems like more than before, the certainty that the world is changing. The transformation is made a lot through architecture and all the construction practices. The key words that remain are „re-use” and „transforative capacity”, thus highlighting the use of what already exists. Architecture and landscape architecture are merging in projects more and more and I believe that in the future it will be more and more difficult to discuss them separately. Many of the invited speakers have shared the conclusions of their experiences. Landscape architect Niek Roozen admits that „green” is not a solution for everything, but he also pinpoints that there are no solutions that do not appeal to „green”. Parks create the new identities of fast-growing oriental cities.
    They give value to the site that will be built. The space crisis in certain intensely developed areas inevitably leads to the need of having a compact city. This can't be anything other than more intelligent to cope with the conurbation, the diversity and simultaneity, as shown by arch. Tetsuo Harada from Takenaka Corporation. The working spaces are more and more orientated towards those who use them, in order to offer them the necessary states that they need. The category of constructions, which we called industial, apart from what we consider architecture, has shown to be various times more profound from and architectural point of view that many of the buildings which usually spark someone's interest. Jesus Alberto Pulido amazed us with something that seems to be thought as a factory for the people that work there. Another astonishing lesson through its simplicity and the joy it brings is that of the urban and rezilient design that receives the excess water brought by downpours to which the existing sewer systems cannot cope with. Water mirrors in temporary basins, beautifully drawn în the public space take over this water, in The Netherlands, and keeps it a few days or during the cold season.
    The former mining area in Poland, Silezia, offers the architects from the Medusa Group the priviledge of transforming the water in used spaces, with great vitality. I reach the end of these thoughts with the memory in summary of this two projects from different continents, with different destinations, that had something in common: the rainbow. One of them was found settled above the green roof and above the aquatic arrangement, the other was simply projected, to the joy of people using the construction.


    Architect, General manager Design Department, Takenaka corporation, JAPAN


    In a declining population and environment friendly society, “Super Tall Compact City” is an innovative urban strategy executed through architecture that strives to succeed within global inter-city competition by a conversion from a sprawling urban structure to a compact urban structure.

    Prof. Wolf D. PRIX

    COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Austria
    Special Guest INGLASS Bucharest 2013


    INGLASS was perfectly organized and had very interesting presentations. The lecture I held and the message addressed at the event was: “Don’t worry, in two days tomorrow will be yesterday.

    Arch. Rainer MAHLAMAKI

    Guest Speaker INGLASS Warsaw 2014


    The reason why I accepted the invitation is because I saw in the program that this will be a very well prepared conference. My first reaction was that there is a list of very good speakers and also representatives of prominent architectural offices giving speeches about architectural use of glass. It has been a very big pleasure to be here.

    Arch. Ósbjørn JACOBSEN

    Henning Larsen Architects, The Winner of Mies van der Rohe 2013
    Special Guest of INGLASS 2014


    It is my believe that the time of glass has come, it came a long time ago, maybe a decade ago, maybe even more. I am impressed by the contemporary Romanian architecture, in average I consider it very very good. Comparing to other countries I visit, the average is very very good.

    Arch. Dan S. HANGANU

    Special Guest INGLASS Bucharest 2011


    One of the most important forces behind architectural progress has always been the possibility of coming together, to create platforms where interaction and inspiration can take place. It has definitely been a positive experience. It was a very good blend having a lot of very inspiring, different approaches, lectures, which went well with different shorter lectures in between that were more technical, showing what they are doing, quite inspiring also. I really feel that there is something bubbling in the Eastern part of Europe, which is very interesting for architects.

    Arch. Johannes BAAR-BAARENFELS

    Guest Speaker INGLASS Warsaw 2012 & INGLASS Bucharest 2011


    I think INGLASS is a fantastic event and amazing opportunity. It is so important to bring together people with this inspiration and connecting them. Everybody brings his point of view and I that is way the event is very inspiring and I really can recommend it, absolutely.

    Arch. Dragomir Dragan

    Founder S.C. D-Context Studio S.R.L.

    I think a clear message should be linked to the attributes necessary for achieving and promoting quality architecture in the context of the current sociopolitical Romania. Among this attributes, a must have are, perseverance, consistency and especially patience.

    Arch. Mariusz ŚCISŁO

    Co-organizer of the Polish editions of INGLASS


    It was a very good combination of fresh designers who are somewhere at the beginning or in full swing of their career and who allow us, in fact, to anticipate the future. What pleased me very much was that the public had the opportunity to see what it means to put in the effort to produce quality interiors, as the speakers presented their projects behind the scenes, where we saw huge labour, which one must be both driven and subtle to understand when decoding the result.

    Another thing that I find important is that this conference highlights the exceptions and things that can be inspiring, models to follow. The world does not know them, does not see them and this justifies the public’s appetite for this conference. A great benefit is also its educational role.

    Arch. Şerban ŢIGĂNAŞ

    Co-organizer of the Romanian editions of INGLASS


    I think the conference has exceeded the expectations of many and my explanation is that the format of the conference has been practised in Romania. After the 10 similar expo conferences that have taken place in Bucharest, an equilibrium has been reached, a science of compatible with each other, with the subject, with the expectations of the audience, and I think this is a good time to come to Poland, to export this event.

    I believe that things have started very well, I am extremely curious to see how they will continue. In Bucharest, I have followed the audience and found that it always consisted of a devoted public, certain people, certain faces that I would always see, which means something, and always new people as well. I am very curious to see how the Polish will act. Polish architecture is very interesting, and for me, as a Romanian, even though I know quite a lot about European architecture, visiting Poland has been relevant.

    Ferenc MAKOVÉNYI

    Member of the Board of the Chamber of Hungarian Architects

    Guest Speaker INGLASS Budapest 2015
    The Chamber of Hungarian Architects is glad, that INGLASS conference is here in our city, it is the highest professional gathering for architects, dealing with the material glass.

    We support all professional education and conference, which are in favor of our members. The conference is is an opportunity for every registered architect.

    Arch. Krzysztof INGARDEN

    President of Ingarden & Ewy Architects, Poland
    Keynote Speaker INGLASS Bucharest 2015


    It was a big pleasure to come to the conference. It was my first visit to Bucharest so I was very excited to be here and very excited about the architecture conference in which I could understand some of the problems that Romanian architects and urban planners have.
    Some of the issues are quite similar with what we experience in Poland, so we can understand the situation. I am really fascinated with the architecture of the city and with the organization of the conference. I think the presentations were coherent. I would like to see more from contemporan architecture in Bucharest and Romania, because of many subject touching the urban problems and planning problems.

    Arch. Andrzej BULANDA

    Principal of Bulanda Mucha Architects
    Guest Speaker INGLASS Bucharest 2015


    I admired the hospitallity and the additional program of INGLASS expo conference. The presentations were really interesting due to the level of the subjects spread out very well, from architecture to teaching. I think everyone could find everything for himself.

    Arch. Șerban ȚIGĂNAȘ

    President of OAR, Co-organizer of INGLASS and LAUD Expoconferences

    This year, INGLASS and LAUD were reunited in one double conference with a common core, approaching architecture together with landscape and urban design. As usual, the foreign guests and the Romanian guests were selected by relevance to their current architecture activity, certified by prizes and awards. The interventions from the conference approached two complementary angles, the presentations of projects and the phenomenological questioning.

    The special guests gave us exceptional experiences through postindustrial landscapes by Peter Latz, the sublime architecture of greenhouses and botanical gardens of Peter van der Toorn Vrijthoff, the new architecture of excellent quality from Poland, brought to us by Andrzej Bulanda and Krzysztof Ingarden, the refinement and innovation from Spain brought by Maria Gonzalez and Juan Coll-Barreu, good news from Turkey from Gül Güven and many others. The dedicated and young Romanian architecs established a successful perspective of their projects. Constantin Gorcea, Adrian Spirescu, Călin Alexandru, Vlad Drăghescu, Marius Lucian Luţă, Liviu Marian Fabian, Ştefan Paskucz, Eugen Pănescu, Szabolcs Korodi and many others pointed out their projects from the area of architecture and public space.

    The recent actions of the Order of Architects from Bucharest branch, coordinated by Şerban Sturdza, were presented by Vlad Cătună and Tudor Elian. Their common denominator is the appeal to the communities from neighbourhoods. The teachers Alexandru Sandu, who invokes the absence of the consistent research in urbanism, and Tiberiu Florescu, who describes the rising of the urban school from Bucharest, producing needed specialists but who are not hired; the chief architect of Bucharest, Gheorghe Pătrașcu and Vera Marin who revealed the urgent need for a radical change regarding the urban planning legislationș they say that the city of Bucharest does not take advantage of the benefits and economical context in which they pass.

    I tried to add my conclusions about the Romanian environment which forms and influences the quality of construction. We are no longer in transition, the situation is stabilized, but in a bad way, but we also need a transformation which implies the complete rethinking of the construction processes and a new legislative packege that will not be just the patching of the existent one as new failures and slippage lead to practices that are completely undesirable. I have announced that the Order of Architects of Romania invited and received answers from professional associations of engineers and from construction contractors to rejoin the efforts of creating a new framework for construction. This conference was a perfect opportunity to argue and relay this important decision for the following period.

    Arch. Peter van der Toorn VRIJTHOFF

    Special Guest, Partner at ALLDESIGN, The Netherlands

    I was surprised that Warsaw was an interesting city but Bucharest is also an interesting city. If you walk outside, it has the athmosphere of Paris, and even the athmosphere of Budapest. I think it is an invitation to come back for a few days in Bucharest. For the Master Class, I calculated that it was one hour and a little bit and in that time all kind of information were coming up, so I found out that I have to be more disciplined. The feedback at the university was fantastic. Everything was ok.

    Arch. Gül GÜVEN

    Guest Speaker, Founder VEN Architecture, Turkey

    I am happy to be here. It is a good and big organization. There are three conferences in Bucharest, Warsaw and Budapest and I attended only two conferences and it is a beautiful experience.

    Mrs. Carmen Pascu

    Aluprof Romania

    It is a very well organized conference from start to finish. Everything was organized including the continuity, lunch, coffee break, everything was super. Generally, the contact and the relationships with people are very helpful, because, in the end, beyond the sites, presentations and leaflets, what matters is the contact with the participants, speakers and with people in general.

    Mrs. Petra Takacova


    This is the first time we are main partners at INGLASS, I never participated before at INGLASS and I can only compare with the May INGLASS in Warsaw. Here, in Bucharest, there are more partners, it is more crowded here in the corridor, there were more people at the beginning of the program. We were pleased that there were people and that many architects came and they were interested.

    Arch. Juan Coll-Barreu

    Guest Speaker, Director at Coll-Barreu Arquitectos, Spain

    I liked the conference. I must congratulated the organizers for their perfect organization and for the congress. This was a very good thing, because the speakers were relaxed and they were feeling very well. I think the models between the speakers and the responses are good, because there are a lot of interesting topics. I enjoyed to present and I think that four or five minutes of feedback included in the presentation would have improved our presentation, the topics.

    Arch. Ósbjørn JACOBSEN

    Henning Larsen Architects, The Winner of Mies van der Rohe 2013, Special Guest of INGLASS

    One of the most important forces behind architectural progress has always been the possibility of coming together, to create platforms where interaction and inspiration can take place. It has definitely been a positive experience. It was a very good blend having a lot of very inspiring, different approaches, lectures, which went well with different shorter lectures in between that were more technical, showing what they are doing, quite inspiring also. I really feel that there is something bubbling in the Eastern part of Europe, which is very interesting for architects.

    Piotr KOMALA

    Marketing and Innovations Director, Saint-Gobain Glass, Official Partner

    It was a big opportunity to meet in one place so many people. It is a big challenge for us today to combine our forces for close cooperation between architects, glass producers and investors, to reach the ambitious goals of our customers. They are looking for better parameters, better design, performance, looking for a good service and smart communication, and to reach these dreams we have to combine forces and work together.

    Markus PLETTAU

    Regional Market leader, High Performance Building Solutions at Dow Corning, Speaker and Partner

    I am positively surprised to see that there are so many architects, that there are engineering companies as well, sharing all their knowledge. It is good to see the other side because we are coming from the industry and we have had an inside-out look from time to time in this kind of events. It is a really nice event, a lot of interest is generated through all these presentations. I am excited to see there is so much interest in the innovations we have presented today.

    Wolfgang RIEDER

    Rieder Group, Speaker and Sponsor

    The conference has been very good. I am astonished to having so many architects here, I am looking forward to conversation leads, whatever comes out of this conference. I am always positive, I hope my speech will be remembered, I tried to be really focused on what people are interested in. It is a great opportunity to spread the word, to get the news out. Many of my colleagues and speakers already did a kind of seeking for questions which need to be answered. The audience kind of steer you in a certain direction.