The summer school will be led by the international and local team of architects and designers, landscape specialists, artists and invited professionals.
DIDZIS JAUNZEMS is an architect and stage designer from Latvia. He has studied and gained practical experience in Latvia, Norway, and Italy; participated in architectural workshops in the Netherlands, Finland, India, China, and Switzerland, as well as numerous competitions within Europe. He has worked in one of the leading international architectural firms – OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) on the nation-wide projects in France, Denmark, Russia and the Middle East.
Didzis was awarded the Annual Latvian Architecture Award in 2012 and 2015. Work of the Didzis Jaunzems Architecture office is focused on architecture, urban planning and design project development working in different scales and typologies. Projects are innovative and conceptual, always based on the context and functional particularities. Didzis also successfully works on the temporary installations, pavilion, and set designs recognizable by innovative tectonics, constructions techniques, and a rather complex detailing.
As a stage designer, he has worked on various cultural events and projects – Grand Music Award ceremonies, the Nature Concerthall series, and many others. Didzis latest stage design was for Igor Stravinsky’s opera The Rakes Progress at The Latvian National Opera in February 2018 and Vincenzo Bellini's opera I Capuleti e i Montecchi in Wroclaw Opera, Poland in March 2018.
AIGARS LAUZIS is a Latvian landscape architect and urbanist, currently based in UAE. He describes himself as a keen designer who strives to create unique, innovative, technologically advanced and nature-friendly work. He picked up nine years of professional experience globally with high-level project work that spans across most parts of the world ranging widely both in scale and typology. Projects done by Aigars varies from small-scale product design to large urban masterplans. In order to improve his design skills and understanding of our planet, he cycled from London to Tokyo and worked in the profession along the way from 2013 – 2017.
RUDOLF BEKIC is an Austrian set designer. Rudolf was born in Vienna. After an apprenticeship as a furniture maker, he studied product design at the Vienna School of Applied Arts, and subsequently stage and film design at the Vienna University of Applied Arts (1997–2001). From 2002 to 2005 he was a lecturer at the University of Applied Arts.
Already for many years he lives and works in Latvia.
RALF LÕOKE is an Estonian architect and founding partner of Salto Architects – the Tallinn-based office established in 2004 and interested in the fascinating area of architecture, landscape design, and art. By operating in the border areas of architecture, the office tries to experiment among other things with the social and economic context and also rethink their methods along the way.
During their eleven-year practice, Salto Architects have mainly focused on public buildings and other kinds of projects with a public dimension where the interdisciplinary and critical approach has a major role to play. Salto Architects have won prizes in more than 60 competitions and received altogether 20 architecture, art or landscape design awards. Similarly, they have been lecturing in several institutions in Europe and Russia. For the NO99 Straw Theatre building, Salto Architects won the Annual Architecture Award of the Architecture Endowment of the Cultural Endowment of Estonia 2012 and were nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award 2013.
DINA SUHANOVA received her architect diploma from Riga Technical University Faculty of Architecture and Urban planning. Studied also at Tampere Technical University The School of Architecture. In 2013 Dina received the Master's degree from Art Academy of Latvia, Department of History and Theory of Visual Arts and Culture. Parallel to architecture practice, she is interested in architecture theory, has gained the experience in theatre scenography and graphic design.
Dina has worked for architecture companies INDIA and MARK, spent internship in Copenhagen based architecture office EFFEKT. From the year 2010 until now works in cooperation with architectural design studio MAILITIS ARCHITECTS. She was a team member of the projects like Latvian pavilion in Expo 2010 in Shanghai, Shaoling Flying Monks Temple in Songshan Mountain, Dengfeng – both in China.
From 2012 works as a tutor, project manager and performs the duties of the BA Architecture programme director at RISEBA Faculty of Architecture and Design. Dina leads her own research projects and writes publications for the magazine Latvijas Architektura. She was an editor of the school's yearbook “THE FAD BOOK. The First Five Years of FAD. 2011–2016”, published in 2017.
In 2017 received the Latvian Architecture Award as the team member of the Shaolin Flying Monks Temple project (MAILITIS ARCHITECTS, principal architect Austris Mailitis).
MALGORZATA MARIA OLCHOWSKA is an architect and a printmaker living and working in Antwerp, Belgium. She studied architecture at TU Wroclaw (PL), Lincoln University (UK) and at Delft University of Technology (NL) from which she graduated in 2007. In 2008 she started to work as an architect in Belgium. Between 2009 and 2018 she studied printmaking at Academy of Arts in Gent. At this moment she is combining her own practice with teaching at Gent University of Technology, KU Leuven Campus Sint Lucas Gent and Riga University Of Business, Arts and Technology.
YORK BING OH is an architect and a furniture designer/maker based in Antwerp. He studied architecture in National University of Singapore (BA Architecture) and TU Delft (MSc Architecture). He has experiences in working on projects in different scale in Singapore, Malaysia and Belgium.
Atelier Maria York was established in 2016. The atelier is set up with the idea of combining the skills, crafts and knowledge in architecture, art, printmaking and furniture making.
ANDRIS EGLITIS is a Latvian contemporary artist (born in Riga, lives and works in Latvia). His form of expression can be captured in the variety of paintings, sculpture, architectonic installations made combining oil paint and wood, soil, sand and clay excavated on site at his countryside in Drusti, Latvia. His works represent the fascination with nature/human relationships as well as the perception of reality and materiality in art.
Andris has studied fine arts at the Art Academy of Latvia. He is a laureate of the Higher Institute of Fine Arts (HISK) Gent, Belgium. He has been working as a lecturer at the Art Academy of Latvia since 2009. Last year Andris has been elected as the Head of the Department of Painting.
Andris Eglitis has been taking part in various group exhibitions and held more than dozen solo shows in Latvia and abroad since 2000. He was awarded Purvitis Prize in 2013 for his solo show EARTHWORKS in Mukusala Art Salon (Riga).
Recently he has been showing works in AV17 Gallery (Vilnius), ChenXingDong Art Space (Beijing), Pop-off-art Gallery (Moscow), Bunkier Sztuki Gallery (Krakow) and more. In collaboration with artist Katrina Neiburga, Eglitis has created ARMPIT installation for Latvian Pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015.
REINIS SUHANOVS (theatre director & set designer, LV) studied stage design in Latvian Academy of Arts and theatre directing in Latvian Academy of Culture. As a set designer he has worked with scenographies for the leading theatres in Latvia, as well as Moscow Art Theater and opera houses of Klagenfurt, Zagreb, Hong Kong, Minsk, Vilnius, Prague. Reinis has received several prominent awards, such as Gold Medal for the Most Promising Talent in Prague Quadrennial in 2007 and a Players’ Night award as the Best scenographer.
As a theatre director, Reinis works in most theatres in Latvia. He also deals with the large-scale events such as dance performance for Latvian Song and Dance festival, various concerts, and art exhibitions. Since 2016 he is a creative director of summer theatre festival in Valmiera.
Photo: A. Pozarskis
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