The summer schools organised since 2018 have been led by the international and local team of architects and designers, landscape specialists, artists and invited professionals: architect and designer DIDZIS JAUNZEMS, architects KARLIS MELZOBS, ARNITA MELZOBA, landscape architect and urbanist AIGARS LAUZIS, set designer and carpenter RUDOLF BEKIC (Latvia – Austria), architects RALF LÕOKE, SILLE PIHLAK from 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.
Tutors and guest lecturers in 2021:
MALGORZATA (Gosia) MARIA OLCHOWSKA is an architect and printmaker. The relationship between printmaking and architecture is a guideline through Olchowska’s work. For Gosia, the two disciplines are equivalent: "Both arise from a love for craft, in which the design process is central. In both graphics and architecture you build up something and then let it lead a life of its own." Olchowska worked as an architect at advvt (De Vylder Vinck Taillieu), murmuur architecten, Bovenbouw Architectuur, in which her graphic work played an important role. In parallel she developed an independent practice as a visual artist. She did several residencies, site-specific interventions (including for De Smet's IGLO project Vermeulen architects) and participated in several in her own name group exhibitions (a.o. in 019 – Ghent, the Singel Antwerp, Royal Academy of Arts – London). In addition to her own practice, Gosia is an assistant at the University of Ghent, KU Leuven (Faculty of Architecture) and guest lecturer at the Rotterdam Academy of Architecture.
YORK BING OH is architect and carpenter – B.A. (Architecture) NUS (Singapore), MSc (Architecture) TU Delft (Netherlands). He has work experiences in Singapore and Belgium. Between 2012 and 2019, he was an architect in OSAR architects working on projects of various scale and type. Next to his work in OSAR, he set up his own atelier, Atelier Oh in 2015 based in Antwerp. In 2020 he focus full time on his own practice. The projects of the atelier has since grown to include architecture competitions, interiors, furniture, exhibition design and installation. He collaborates frequently with other architects, designers and artists. Notably Bing was part of the team of modelmakers for the Belgian Pavilion in the Venice Biennale 2021.
Atelier Maria York was established in 2016. It is an ongoing research/ project investigating different fields of architecture and practice that combines skills and knowledge outside and within the scope of architecture.
RUDOLFS DAINIS SMITS is a dean and lecturer at the RISEBA Faculty of Architecture and Design. Dainis is globally experienced architect currently leading his own practice RDSA Studio based in Riga. He studied architecture, art history and painting at the University of Illinois, Chicago and theology at Covenant Theological Seminary, St. Louis in the USA. Dainis has over 30 years of experience working in multi-cultural environments in Europe, Middle East and Central Asia. Internationally, he has focused on project idea delivery, design management and specialist experience incl. design innovation and research, technical detailing and value engineering of complex building envelope systems, specialist facades systems, curtain walls, glazed structures; stainless steel and stone cladding systems. Dainis research interests are related to architecture theory – a critical approach to design and reading architecture while distinguishing between idea, concept and affect vs. projective architecture.
LAURA LINSI and ROLAND REEMAA are architects based between the UK and Estonia. Their collaboration LLRRLLRR is an architectural practice focused on informality, landscapes and politics of space. Their projects span across the mediums of installations, buildings, exhibitions and text production. Laura and Roland embrace a broad spectrum of research and design methods that navigate between administration and atmosphere.
AIGARS LAUZIS is the Founder, CEO & Designer at ZELTINI / Z-Triton – Latvian start-up building amphibious e-campers. Although trained in landscape architecture & urban design Aigars has been working across various design fields for more than 10 years. He lived, worked, and studied in London for many years before embarking on a 4-year bicycle ride from London to Tokyo with a few stops to work in the field of Landscape Architecture – Istanbul, Dubai, Singapore, and Shanghai. Aigars has worked on high profile projects across the globe ranging in scale from large masterplans to small pieces of product design. With the main mantra "FORM FOLLOWS FUN" he tries to design things that are playful, unique, sustainable, and meaningful to this world.
DINA SUHANOVA is educated as an architect and theorist in visual arts and culture. While working professionally as an architect, Dina currently has turned her interests towards architects' education and until 2019 acted as an architecture programme director, tutor and project manager at the RISEBA University of Applied Sciences. Since 2018 Dina is a curator and program manager of RISEBA Summer School on Ephemeral Architecture and Urban Design “FestivaL’and” organized in close cooperation with Valmiera Summer Theatre festival.
For already almost 10 years Dina has been working in collaboration with the architectural design studio “Mailitis Architects” and was a team member of the award-winning project of the Shaolin Flying Monks Temple in China. Dina is also an editor of numerous academic publications, contributes articles to the journal "Latvijas Architektūra", and leads various interdisciplinary projects related to architecture field. In 2019 Dina was a co-curator of the international conference “Architecture of Migration” organized by the Latvian Association of Architects.
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