The summer school since 2018 was be led by the international and local team of architects and designers, landscape specialists, artists and invited professionals: architect and stage designer DIDZIS JAUNZEMS, landscape architect and urbanist AIGARS LAUZIS, set designer and carpenter RUDOLF BEKIC (Latvia – Austria), architect RALF LÕOKE (Estonia), architect and printmaker MALGORZATA MARIA OLCHOWSKA (based in Belgium), architect and furniture designer YORK BING OH (based in Belgium), artist ANDRIS EGLITIS, theatre director and set designer REINIS SUHANOVS, architect DINA SUHANOVA.
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KĀRLIS MELZOBS is an architect educated in Riga Technical University, the Polytechnic University of Milan, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. He has gained experience working in several leading architecture offices in Latvia. Since 2013 Karlis with his wife and long time colleague ARNITA MELZOBA are leading their own practice based in Riga – architecture studio GAISS. They have had the opportunity to work on a wide variety of projects both in Latvia and abroad, ranging from newly constructed buildings to renovations and interiors, from outdoor installations to exhibition layouts. Multidisciplinary approach is a fundamental part of their everyday work and allows to have a fresh attitude for each of the various tasks. The studio collaborate with engineers, designers, artists, curators, historians and numerous other professionals to achieve thoroughly informed results for each individual project. GAISS has received Latvian Architecture Award 2017 for exhibition design at the National Library of Latvia – “Book Museum”.
ARNITA MELZOBA is an architect and co-founder of architecture studio GAISS based in Riga. She has received architect diploma in Riga Technical University, and have studied in Polytecnic University of Milan, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, and the Oslo School of Architecture and Design. Work of GAISS can be described as shaping of the environment, and the result is atmosphere, impressions and memories, that the user will gain – "the air that we breathe and which we live in." The works varies between public buildings, private houses and small installations, interventions and exhibition scenographies. GAISS has received Latvian Architecture Award 2017 for exhibition design at the National Library of Latvia.
RUDOLF BEKIC is an Austrian set designer, carpenter and product 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. Rudolf is a specialist in timber processing technologies and have been teaching carpentry of wood and material science at RISEBA.
SILLE PIHLAK is an architect and co-founder of architectural office PART – Practice for Architecture, Research and Theory. She was one half of the design team behind TAB 2015 installation BodyBuilding and curatorial team of TAB 2017 Installation Competition. She holds an M.Arch. with distinction from University of Applied Arts Vienna (Studio Hani Rashid and Wolf D. Prix), and has gained experience at the Southern California Institute of Architecture and a number of architecture and design offices such as Morphosis (Los Angeles) and CoopHimmelb(l)au (Vienna). Sille is currently a PhD fellow and junior researcher at the Estonian Academy of Arts.
Sille is a laureate of Young Architect Award of 2017. She has participated in numerous exhibitions, constructed various scale installations, designed interiors and won several prizes at multiple architecture and planning competitions as well as published a number of critical essays on sustainable architecture and urbanism since 2015. Sille is a believer in “inevitable sustainability of architecture” and is one of the key initiators on urbanizing and automating timber architecture in Estonia. In 2016, she started environmental architecture studio at the Estonian Academy of Arts, and since then is a co-curator of Open Lecture Series and participant in various Government initiated Expert Groups. She is also a member of the Union of Estonian Architects and has been editor of architecture in cultural monthly newspaper Müürileht.
AIGARS LAUZIS is a landscape, urban and product designer who strives to create unique, innovative, technologically advanced and nature friendly work. Aigars holds Master of Architecture in Urban Design with Distinction from UCL, The Bartlett School of Architecture, London. He has more than 10 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. His work varies from small scale product design to large urban masterplans. In order to improve his design skills and understanding of our planet, Aigars cycled from London to Tokyo and worked in the profession along the way (2013-2017). Currently he is based in Latvia and develops his own studio ZELTINI near Smiltene – a design & prototyping workshop with a vision for a better world with its products and services. The main focus is on building amphibian mobile homes and vehicles for human resilience and fun. The designs widely range in scale and typology as the studio operates across the fields of product design, landscape architecture and urban design.
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 awards 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
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 the 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 until 2019 she worked as a tutor, project manager and performed 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 and scientific journal "ADAMarts" vol. 1 published in 2018.
In 2017 received the Latvian Architecture Award as the team member of the Shaolin Flying Monks Temple project (MAILITIS ARCHITECTS, principal architect Austris Mailitis).
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