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    JĀNIS DRIPE (LV)
    Director of the Undergraduate programme Architecture

    Jānis Dripe was appointed as RISEBA University Architecture programme director in 2015. He is currently working also as an Architect and Expert on architecture and creative industries at the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia. He is a former City architect of Riga (2006 – 2011), Head of State Protocol (2002 – 2006), Ambassador of Latvia to the Kingdom of Sweden (1996 – 2001), Minister of Culture of Latvia (1993 – 1995) and President of Architects Association of Latvia (1993 – 1996). Jānis Dripe is also an author of more than 300 articles on architecture and culture in Latvian and foreign newspapers and magazines. He is an author of the book „Architecture in Latvia 1991 – 2011” and others.

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    BART MELORT (BE)
    Supervisor at the Architectural Design Studio I & II

    Bart Melort is an architect, urban planner and landscape designer and has extensive experience in medium and large projects in Belgium and abroad. Bart is appointed as a lecturer at the University of Ghent (BE). In 2005 he obtained an advanced Master degree at the renowned Berlage Institute.

    In 2009 Bart founded MikeViktorViktor architects. Couple of years ago in 2013 the collaboration with architect Sven Verbruggen started. MikeViktorViktor architects is a design firm based in Antwerpen and specializing in architecture, urban design and urban planning. The portfolio includes both private and public contracts with a scale ranging from 20 to 20 000 m2. Projects are characterized by the search for a particularization of the boundary between public and private. Research and expertise of small projects is used in large-scale developments, and vice versa. The process is non-dogmatic and hands-on, which results in an iterative process by which a number of proposals are examined in parallel and the result pursues a synthesis. MikeViktorViktor architects is currently working on a series of public buildings in Flanders: a hybrid residential building for the Lessius Hogeschool in Antwerp, a youth center in Liedekerke and an elementary school in Lummen. In addition, several residential projects are being constructed in Antwerp and Flanders. In 2013 the office was invited in two exhibitions - Young Creators, Thinkers, Dreamers and Future Visions Between Sea And Land.

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    Thomas Stellmach (DE)
    Supervisor at the Architectural Design Studio IV

    Thomas Stellmach graduated with the Dipl. Ing. Architecture degree from TU Berlin, and is best known as the founding director of TSPA Making Cities, and as planning expert for UN-Habitat focusing on the sustainable urbanism in a transforming world. He is also a founding member of the housing cooperative urban coop Berlin with the objecive to create inclusive affordable housing in Berlin. As the latest from the long list of the experiences and professional positions, from 2011 to 2017 Thomas has been Expert Consultant for UN-Habitat, Urban Planning and Design Branch, Nairobi executing the supervision of the Achieving Susainable Urban Development Programme in three pilot countries, development of normative and policy papers, develoment of capacity building formats.
    During his academic career since 2007 he has been the Assistant Professor at Berlage Institute (Rotterdam), Guest Lecturer at the Rotterdamse Academie Voor Bouwkunst (Rotterdam), Visiting Chair for Town Planning and Design at the Private University of Science & Arts (Aleppo). From year 2017 Thomas is the guest professor at the RISEBA University, Architecture programme.

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    ANDRIS KRONBERGS (LV)
    Architect / guest teacher at the Architecture Design Studio III

    Acquired architectural qualification after graduating Riga Technical University. Worked as an architect and project architect in the national planning institute Pilsētprojekts from 1975 - 1985. From 1985 until 1998 has been deputy head architect of Riga city. Since 1989 one of the founders and leaders of ARHIS ARCHITECTS – one of the biggest and most established architectural practices in Latvia.

    ARHIS ARCHITECTS have worked on large scale projects on a city planning scale, creating a broad selection of solutions for various territory planning projects and development visions. They participated in one of the biggest city planning events of past years concerning the creation of vision for the development of Daugava’s left bank in Riga. Andris Kronbergs led and participated in the planning processes of large scale projects of both civic and public importance, like the Riga Airport, The National Bank of Latvia building – both construction and reconstruction, offices, commercial buildings and residential housing. ARHIS ARCHITECTS constantly has been a place where architectural students, both local and foreign, have gained practical experience during their internship in different fields of profession. Office takes active part in the architectural competitions of local and international importance. The projects of ARHIS ARCHITECTS several times won the Grand Prix of Latvian annual architecture award, together with many other nominations and awards in separate project categories. In year 2003 architect A. Kronbergs was nominated for the Pritzker Prize.

    Since 1985 A. Kronbergs has been supervising diploma projects and reviewed works, was participant of the National Evaluation Comitee in Riga Technical University and Riga Building College. He has given lectures both in Latvian universities and abroad. The current problems concerning city planning, architecture and social-politic aspects are known well enough due to participating in the Council for Preservation and Development of Riga Historical Centre, Latvian National Architecture Council, Board of Latvian Architect Union and Riga City Architect’s Collegium.

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    MARTIN SOBOTA (NL)
    Guest professor at the Architectural Design studio IV

    Martin Sobota is the director of the Rotterdam branch of CITYFÖRSTER architects + planners and handles most international projects of the partnership. CITYFÖRSTER signature projects are based on programmatic and process-orientated strategies with a focus is on the performative aspect of architecture and urban design. The main objective of the work is to contribute to a sustainable development of the build environment. Projects deal with the city in all its dimensions and scales. Martin has lectured on architecture and urbanism at several schools internationally, amongst which TU Delft, IaaC Barcelona, Universidad Diego Portales in Chile and Bauhaus University Weimar. He also works as a consultant to the German Government through KfW Entwicklungbank.

    For Martin‚ the city is a complex system, which functions by diversity, liveliness and the interaction of its different elements: “The city - just like the forest - is defined by its constant change.” We must find new ways to stimulate and manage its complexity rather than imposing simplistic strategies that do not cater for the thriving organism that is the “city”. Architecture and sustainable construction methods are the basic ingredients for a functioning urban and global metabloism that re-uses and re-configures, rather than consumes resources.

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    DIDZIS JAUNZEMS (LV)
    Supervisor at the Architectural Design Studio I & II

    Architect and urban planner, founder of the architecture practice DJA, based in Riga. Didzis Jaunzems received his degree in architecture in Riga Technical University. He has also studied in Norwegian University of Science and Technology and Politecnico di Milano in Italy. Likewise he has participated in architectural summer schools in The Netherlands and Finland, workshops in India, China and Switzerland, as well as various architectural competitions around the Europe. Before founding DJA, Didzis Jaunzems worked in the worldwide recognezed and leading architecture office OMA (Office for Metropolitain Architecture) on library, exhibition-park, university projects in France, Moscow agglomeration project in Russia and other country scale urban planning projects in Middle East.

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    ANDRES ALVER (EE)
    Architect, guest professor at the Architecture Design Studio

    Estonian architect Andres Alver is a founder of the an internationally recognized office Alver Arhitektid and urban design lecturer at the Estonian Academy of Arts. The architect's handwriting can be found in the areas with historically sensitive architectural heritage, where the modern design tools are used to achieve the harmony between the new and the old. The most important works of Andres Alver include the reconstruction of Tallinn's Freedom SquareCity Plaza office building and the De La Gardie shopping center in Tallinn, as well as a number of various different scale projects in Estonia and Finland. Andres Alver is a member of the Estonian Union of Architects.

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    AUSTRIS MAILĪTIS (LV)
    Architect, guest critic

    Austris Mailītis is a Latvian architect working with unique art & architecture projects. He was born in 1984 in the family of artists. Creation of artworks, cinema, architecture and design objects was his milieu since early childhood. He graduated as an architect from Riga Technical University in 2012. Austris Mailitis is an author of large scale projects including Latvian Pavilion in Expo 2010 Shanghai and Latvian National Open-air Stage - biggest open air stage in the world. In last years he has been an architect for Latvian pavilions in 55th and 56th Venice Art Biennale and has been working on unique building for levitation - Shaoling Flying Monks Temple in China. In 2011 he was awarded with national prize Architect's footprint for particular contribution in the development of Latvian architecture. In 2014 his work was nominated for EU Prize for Contemporary Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award 2015. Austris Mailītis is currently working on convertion of historical beer brewery building in Cēsis, Latvia into the Arts & Science centre. His architecture studio is based in Riga.

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    INTS MENĢELIS
    Supervisor at the Architectural Design Studio III & IV

    Architect and designer. Received his architect diploma at Riga Technical University Faculty of Architecture and Urban planning. Currently IS working as an architect in one of the largest arhitecture offices in Riga - Sarma & Norde. His job experience includes work in such practices as NRJA (F.L. Tadao & Lukševics), Mailitis A.I.I.M. Ints was in the design team for Latvian Expo 2010 pavilion in Shanghai; he has participated in numerous architecture competitions. As one of the key skills he points out the ability to work in multicultural enviroment, gained and proved while studying abroad in Spain and through working with the project of national EXPO pavilion in China. Ints was also one of the curators of architecture group exhibition Eksports@home held in the Latvian Museum of Architecture in 2008.

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    DINA SUHANOVA (LV)
    Supervisor at the Basics of Design Studio I & II

    Architect. Received her architect diploma at Riga Technical University Faculty of Architecture and Urban planning. Studied also at Tampere Technical University The School of Architecture. During study process participated in several student workshops, summer schools and exhibitions. In 2013 Dina received the master's degree in Art Academy of Latvia, Department of History and Theory of Visual Arts and Culture. She has gained experience also in theatre scenography and graphic design. Dina has worked for architecture companies INDIA and MARK, spend half-year internship at Copenhagen based architecture office EFFEKT. From year 2010 works in cooperation with architectural design studio Mailitis A.I.I.M. and was a team member of Latvia Expo 2010 Shanghai pavilion project. From 2012 works as a lecturer and deputy director at FAD, leads her own research projects curently concentrating on the history of architectural drawing in Latvia and writes publications for the magazine Latvijas Architektūra.

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    LINDA KRŪMIŅA (LV)
    Architect, guest lecturer

    Architect, received her degree in architecture in Riga Technical University. She has studied also in Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture. She has worked in Copenhagen based offices Henning Larsens Tegnestue, Dorte Mandrup Arkitekter and Design Group. Co-founder of the architecture practice MADE arhitekti, based in Riga. Office is taking part in numerous public architecture competitions, among them the new building of Saldus Music and Art school, which received grand prix in main Latvian Architecture award in year 2013. Besides the work in architecture office Linda writes about architecture in the magazine Latvijas Architektūra and other publications. She is a master student of the social anthropology in Riga Stradins University. Member of the Latvian Association of Architects.

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    ILZE PAKLONE (LV/JP)
    Architect, lecturer of the Architecture history and supervisor at the Architectural Design studios

    Ilze Paklone holds Doctoral Degree in Architecture from Riga Technical University completed in 2015 with the thesis Visual representation in spatial planning in Latvia. From 2011 until 2015 supported by the Japanese Government Scholarship program Monbukagakusho she was a doctoral and research student at The University of Tokyo Urban Design and Conservation Laboratory focusing on legal framework, theoretical and practical approaches to urban planning in Japan. Her field of expertise in architecture and spatial planning includes such competences as 1) extensive experience in design and technical projects within international teams 2) teaching and researching at university level 3) publications for architects and wider audiences on contemporary architecture 4) graphic design with particular emphasis on visualizations for urban design. 

    Ilze has gained the teaching experience starting from 2010 at the Riga Technical University, Latvia and Keio University, Japan, where she was a guest researcher-assistant for the project Measuring the Non-Measurable. Her work experience in the architecture started already in 2002. Ilze is the co-founder of STUDIO WASABI (JP) and has worked in such offices as Wiel Arets Architects (NL), NRJA and Armands Bisenieks Arhitekti (both LV). Ilze has collaborated with RAFAEL A. BALBOA on publications for Italian magazine DOMUS and has a wide range of other publications in conference proceedings, graphic contributions for various publications, numerous presentations in the conferences and research activities.

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    UDO GARRITZMANN (DE/NL)
    Guest professor of the Architectural Theory

    Udo Garritzmann is an independent architect, researcher and teacher of architecture based in Rotterdam. In his office Garritzmann Architecten, founded in 2005, he works on diverse small and medium-scale projects with a particular interest in resilient building typologies, contemporary forms of ornament and the mediation of tradition and modernity. As project architect he worked in the offices of OMA/Rem Koolhaas and of Frits van Dongen (then partner at De Architekten Cie) on mostly large-scale public buildings and urban planning projects. Udo Garritzmann graduated with honours from TU Delft and received the post-professional degree Master Design in Design Studies (MDesS) from Harvard University.

    He regularly accepts commitments as lecturer, visiting professor or critic at various schools of architecture, such as Amsterdam Academy of Architecture, Rotterdam Academy of Architecture and Münster School of Architecture. He was assistant professor at TU Delft from 2004 – 2009, where he directed a research studio On Ornament and the graduation studio The Decorated Diagram. Currently he teaches at TU Delft a design studio and a theory seminar on Tectonics in Architecture. From 1995 – 2000 he was member of the editorial board of OASE, magazine for architecture. His research publications pursue architectural reflections from the position of the designing architect and therefore address aspects of design methodology. Recently he was member of the research project on Brick Tectonics at Amsterdam Academy for Architecture.

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    JĀNIS LEJNIEKS (LV)
    Professor, leading researcher, lecturer of the Latvian Architectural History

    Doctor in Architecture, received his degree in architecture at Riga Technical University, worked for the state company Pilsētprojekts (Latvian Town Planning Institute) in the Urbanism Workshop; in 90-ties he joined State Inspection of Heritage Protection as the founding Director of Latvian Museum of Architecture and remains strongly connected to it as a Curator and member of the Scientific Council. He was Guest lecturer of History of Architecture and Architectural Design in RTU, Faculty of Architecture and Urban planning. He has finished EU Training Course Sustainable Cultural Heritage in London, UK, and is expert in architecture, urban planning and practical site management. Editor in-Chief of bi-monthly magazine Latvijas Architektūra, historian of urban planning, author of the books Rīga, kuras nav (Never built Riga), monographs on Latvian architects Modris Ģelzis, Andris Kronbergs and others. Member of the Board of the Latvian Association of Architects, Ex-Chairman of the Board.

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    ATIS KAMPARS (LV)
    Lecturer in Fine arts and Theory of Art

    Education: Art Academy of Latvia, pictorial art; St. Petersburg State Academic Institute of Fine Arts, Sculpture and Architecture, named after I. E. Repin. Atis Kampars completed cultural heritage training in Zalcburg, Austria; holds a strategic management certificate from School of Economics in Riga in cooperation with the William Davidson Institute at the University of Michigan (US).

    He has started his doctoral studies in the School of Arts, Design and Architecture of Aalto University (FI) in 2010 with the doctoral research Culture of Academic Drawing – History, Problematics, and Context. He learned drawing in the University of Southern Maine (US) and in the Academy of Fine Arts, Helsinki (Kuvataideakatemia). He worked as Erasmus guest lecturer in several Scandinavian high schools. A participant of various European fine arts and design schools’ conferences; he represented Baltic fine arts schools in the North Association of Fine Arts High Schools (KUNO) from 2002 to 2006. He’s been working as an expert in higher education in Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania since 2001. He participated in BA and MA theses defences at the University of Tartu Institute for Cultural Research and Fine Arts and Vilnius Academy of Arts. He is an art expert at the European Union representational offices in Latvia since 2010.

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    GREG MACDONALD (CAN)
    Professor in Innovation, creativity, psychology, entrepreneurship and project management

    Greg MacDonald works in psychology, innovation, creativity, strategic planning and international business. He has a PhD in Psychology (visual perception / communication) from the University of Alberta in Canada and MBA in strategic planning and international business from Sydney University, Australia. He has taught architecture students at University of Melbourne, University of Auckland and at the Royal Danish Academy, Copenhagen.

    He taught psychology at the Copenhagen University and business at the Stockholm School of Economics and Oslo Business School. Greg has written 46 books and papers including a recent book on Innovation in China. This year taught innovation and creativity at UIB in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Currently he is working on is on nomadic hunters and gatherers, sustainability, and the Atlantis diaspora.

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    KASPARS KALNIŅŠ (LV)
    Guest professor of the Composite materials

    Structural engineer, dr.sc.ing Kaspars Kalniņš has received a Ph.D. from Institute of Materials and Structures at the Riga Technical University in 2006. His research activities cover design / analysis prototyping and optimization of composite structures. He has been a senior researcher for several EC Framework Programme R&D projects for improved design scenarios for new generation composite structures in aeronautics, surface and marine transport. Furthermore Kaspars has been international research fellow at Department of Aerospace Engineering of Politecnico di Milano and Materials & Components Technology Division at European Space Agency conducting a research on damage tolerant lightweight composite structures.