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Exchange Palace, Budapest



Essential ingredients in successful architecture, Earls 67 Atrium, Calgary, Canada.



Reduction of waste and seeking opportunities for capture and generation of energy are principals we adhere to. Reduce, reuse, recycle and recover. National Instruments Debrecen, LEED Gold Certified.



To develop an attitude that encompasses all participants in the project, Canadian Embassy, Budapest.


Use of parametric and generative tools to assist us to create, manipulate, and optimize design solutions. Included are site analysis, space planning, BIM and design coordination.


Integrated artificial intelligence blending into the architectural design process to extract insights from design data, predict and optimize building performance.

about us

CMA Architects are a Canadian Hungarian team of architects, interior architects and administrators who have, over 20 years, crafted a niche, quality design and project delivery practice.  With a portfolio of published and award winning projects ranging from offices to hotels to schools, landmark historical renovations to new build office tower, hotels to loft condo buildings CMA has delivered projects in 20 countries on 4 continents.

CMA Architects are focused on design quality, quality execution and believe strongly in sustainable design having delivered LEED Gold certified offices buildings and educational buildings in both Europe and North America.

CMA’s history begins in Budapest in 1993, with Michael Cojocar’s arrival in the city and the firm’s first projects – most significantly the new Embassy of Australia for which CMA are awarded the architectural, interior design and project management appointments.  Followed shortly thereafter by the 400 plus room student residence for Central European University, the adaptive re-use of a Soviet-era transient worker’s hostel, CMA quickly established itself as a go-to entity within the regional design community and has remained that way since.

Michael was joined in 1993 by Nóra Mészáros as office manager and by Krisztián Szőnyi in 1996 as a junior architect.  The firm is led today by these 3 principals.

Works executed include the renovation of Budapest’s landmark Exchange Palace, major renovations of the Inter-Continental Hotels in Vienna and Budapest, the creation of National Instruments campus in Debrecen (4 office buildings, manufacturing and logistics), the Canadian Embassies in Hungary and Moscow, resorts in Vietnam and shopping centres in Kenya.

In each of our projects, our goal remains to create solutions which will achieve the greatest possible results from our client’s investment.  In order to achieve this, we have had to gain an intimate understanding of the development equation, our client’s goals, future customer needs and the direction of the industry.

Michael Cojocar M. Arch, MRICS, MRAIC
Architect AAA
Founder & Chairman
Michael has practiced architecture for 30 years and through a rich portfolio of renovation and new constructions over 4 continents offers clients a unique perspective. Michael is responsible for overall direction of the firm, and for design quality.
Michael has a long history of contributing to the architectural and construction communities through volunteer work.

Krisztián Szőnyi
Architect, MSC
Managing Director
Krisz has performed a crucial role in the major projects delivered by CMA over the years including the design coordination of the Gresham Four Seasons Hotel in Budapest, the National Instruments campus and the majority of CMA’s logistics and manufacturing portfolio. Krisz acts as managing director and is responsible for the day to day delivery of the firm.

Nóra Mészáros B. SC
Director of Operations
Nora has led the administration of the firm since the inception of the company in 1993, and is responsible for operational and financial control.

The Office
CMA has been fortunate to have partnered with a fantastic group of employees over the years, and the quality of these persons is evident in the product we deliver.

CMA Architects are directed towards achieving the following goals:

• ensuring our building supports the unique requirements and activities of its occupants
• providing design solutions that are sympathetic to characteristic site conditions and historical precedent
• ensuring that construction is technically sound, on time and on budget
• protecting the client’s investment

CMA strives to design buildings that stand the test of time: aesthetically, functionally and technically. We believe that by satisfying these criteria, successful buildings will result.

CMA has extensive experience with complex projects. We have had considerable success in creating design solutions to meet the needs of diverse user groups. These projects, many involving cherished, nationally important sites, have received strong public acclaim.

INNOVATION & EXCITEMENT: essential ingredients in successful architecture.

EFFECTIVE RESOURCE MANAGEMENT: to ensure that all participants in the project control costs, achieve deadlines, adhere to schedules and produce well co-ordinated and integrated deliverables.

EFFICIENT PARTNERING: to develop an attitude that encompasses all participants in the project and builds on a shared commitment to, and a responsibility for, the quality and satisfaction of the day to day progress of the work.
partnering is an approach to implementing projects that is based on trust and respect.

FUNCTIONALITY: to support and enhance the development of a project with sound space planning and circulation solutions, excellent mechanical and electrical systems, state-of-the-art communications, fire and life safety systems and durable building envelope systems;

SMOOTH TRADITION TO OCCUPANCY: effective commissioning that insures a trouble free, seamless transition to occupancy; to establish efficient auditing, operations and matinee programs, so that the investor is protected through proper facilities management; to create accessible project records, so that the process and outcomes of decision making will be readily accessible to project personnel over the duration of the project.

A HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT: design of sustainable objects through the use of responsible materials, reduction of waste and seek opportunities for capture and generation of energy as principals we adhere to. Reduce, reuse, recycle and recover.

ACCESSIBILITY: To produce an environment which is both open and accessible to the public, yet provides for public safety and for occupant safety. The buildings must achieve the standards of barrier free design; to give special consideration to way finding and signage.

EFFICIENCY: To design and construct the new facilities in the most cost effective manner, providing best value for dollar spent;



Interior Design

Project Management

Space Planning

Urban Design and Masterplanning

Jurisdictional Negotiations & Approvals

Services to Corporate Clients Worldwide

Feasibility Studies

Functional Programs and Master Plans

Tenant Coordination

Sustainable design

Technical Due Diligence


  • Airside Park, Hungary
  • American Express, USA
  • Arthur Andersen, USA
  • Bass Hotels & Resorts, UK *
  • British American Tobacco, UK *
  • Burger King, USA *
  • Canada Square Kft., Budapest, Hungary
  • Celtic Development Ltd., Hungary
  • Central European University, Hungary *
  • Chayton Capital, UK *
  • CIB Bank, Budapest, Hungary
  • Cisco Systems., USA
  • Citibank Europe, Budapest, Hungary *
  • Citibank Romania, Bucharest, Romania
  • Colliers International, Canada
  • Deutsche Bank, Germany
  • Dewey Ballentine, USA
  • Diageo, UK
  • DocuGuard, Hungary
  • Erste Bank, Austria *
  • FirstMed Centers, Budapest, Hungary
  • Gardiner & Theobald – Sentient *
  • GE Capital Golub, USA *
  • Gillette/Braun, USA
  • Government of Australia *
  • Government of Canada *
  • Government of Norway
  • Gresco Rt., Hungary *
  • Heitman International, USA *
  • Hewlett-Packard., USA
  • ICM Nemzetközi Építőipari ZRt., Hungary *
  • IFG Basis, Russia
  • Iguana Restaurant, Hungary
  • Le Meridien Hotels & Resorts (Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.,
  • N.Y., USA)
  • Levi Strauss Magyarország, USA
  • McKinsey & Co., USA
  • Mentor Graphics, USA
  • Mylan Pharmaceuticals, USA
  • National Instruments, USA *
  • Nokia, Finland
  • Nortel Networks, Canada
  • Ocean Bar & Grill, Hungary *
  • Open Society Institute, New York, U.S.A *
  • Perlos Manufacturing, Finland *
  • Quick Restaurants, France *
  • Promotag, Switzerland *
  • Quintet Asset Management, Romania
  • Ruukki Metals, Finland *
  • SAAB Aerospace, Sweden
  • Skanska, Sweden *
  • SPIE Hungária, Budapest, Hungary
  • Stikeman Elliott LLP, Canada
  • Takenaka Europe, Budapest, Hungary *
  • The Elders Foundation, UK
  • Three Corners Hotels, Belgium
  • Tippin Corporation, Hungary *
  • TrizecHahn, Canada
  • Uni Invest, Armenia
  • Versimmo, Hungary
  • Walters Kluwer Holland
  • Wendy’s Restaurants, USA *
  • Whitestone Investment, Hungary, Vietnam *

* marked are repeat clients