Valmiera, Latvia


when 24 July 2018 - 4 August 2018
language English
duration 2 weeks
credits 3 EC
fee EUR 711

We think the summertime is for festivals! Students of architecture, urban design and related disciplines from all over the world are invited to RISEBA University International summer school on the ephemeral architecture and urban design – “FestivaL’and”. The summer school is organized as a cooperation between RISEBA Faculty of Architecture and Design and Valmiera Summer Theatre festival

We encourage you to get out of the auditorium, get acquainted with the varied cultural experience in Latvia and make new friends, but most importantly – apply your theoretical knowledge and develop the skills in constructing amazing ideas in scale 1:1. The summer school will be arranged as the team workshops led by international and local tutors to work out the ideas on spatial arrangements for a festival village, development of the design proposals, and most importantly – the construction process itself.

The intense workshops will be enriched by inspiring lectures, guided excursions, visits to the local construction material factories, discussions, and feedback sessions, as well as cultural and leisure activities, concerts and performances, cinema screening, exciting parties together with the Valmiera Summer Theatre festival. By adding the versatile culture and entertainment program to the workshops we promise that your summer school WILL BE A FESTIVAL!

Course leader

Architect and designer Didzis Jaunzems (LV), landscape architect and urbanist Aigars Lauzis (LV, UAE), set designer Rudolf Bekic (LV, AT), architect Ralf Lõoke (EE), theatre director Reinis Suhanovs (LV), artist Andris Eglitis (LV) and others.

Target group

We welcome undergraduate or postgraduate level students from foreign universities studying in the following fields: architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, building construction and engineering, design and arts, scenography or similar. Applicants must have finished at least one year of the undergraduate studies by the time the summer school starts.

We also welcome students from higher education institutions, universities, and vocational schools in Latvia.

Participants should have at least Advanced level of English language.

Course aim

The summer school is devoted to the idea of the contemporary ephemeral architecture and urban design elements as catalysts for initially invisible but important processes of turns in the urban environments, perception, and usability of the city. Working in teams and workshops led by invited professionals as mentors you will develop the ideas and build the festival village in the very center of Valmiera for VVTF visitors, locals and guests.

Credits info

3 EC
Participants of the summer school will receive 3 ECTS and a certificate of participation will be awarded upon completion of the summer school program.

Additional documentation to validate the course at the home university will be issued on request.

Fee info

EUR 711: The fee covers accommodation in the student housing, catering (2 meals per day), workshops and discussion sessions, mentoring, guest lectures, guided excursions, and factory site visits, social program, culture and all the activities planned during the summer school.

The travel, VISA, and insurance costs must be covered by the participant. The participants of the summer school have to cover travel expenses from the country of origin to the summer school location in Valmiera (Latvia) themselves. If necessary organizers will offer the pickup option in Riga and transfer to Valmiera.


There are scholarships available from State Education Development Agency of Latvia for international applicants* to cover full participation fee. Application deadline: May 4, 2018. *More information on the website.