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ACADEMIC BACHELOR DEGREE STUDY PROGRAMME “ARCHITECTURE” / undergraduate

The ACADEMIC BACHELOR DEGREE STUDY PROGRAMME ARCHITECTURE is fully accredited by the Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Latvia until 2019. The BA Architecture programme is implemented as a basic component of the study programme direction “Architecture and Construction” and is the first step in order to prepare students for architect’s practice or further studies in the field of architecture.

The full BACHELOR OF ENGINEERING SCIENCES IN ARCHITECTURE programme takes seven semesters (140 credits / 210 ECTS) and concludes with the BA Thesis defended in front of and judged by the State Examination Commission. In the architecture studies through the semesters, the main emphasis is placed on the design process, students’ will to experiment and innovate, abilities to work and communicate in teams, turning students into keen, capable and productive design professionals. The students learn how to deal creatively with the most complex design tasks at the same time learning to be socially responsible professionals as well. Currently there are about 15 students enrolled in the school per year and as a result, faculty can maintain very individual and considerate approach to every student. 

The degree awarded: Bachelor of Engineering Sciences in Architecture 
The language of instruction: English
Duration of the programme: full time studies / 3,5 years / 7 semesters
Tuition fee: 6000 EUR (full tuition fee), 4800 EUR (with the discount for citizens and permanent residents of Republic of Latvia)

The contents of the programme:

The aim of BA Architecture program is to prepare qualified and competent graduates. The objective of the program is to ensure the acquisition of general knowledge and research and analytical skills, to provide students with basics practical skills for working in architecture and to prepare them for further studies in the field of architecture, as well as other related fields of design. The students obtain the adequate skills to analyze the given task or address the issue in the particular context and to work out the idea and concept being both socially and culturally responsible young professional. Students are trained to work in the teams and individually. They are able to establish the consecutive and reasonable design process in order to solve the varied level of difficulty design task. The students obtain knowledge about technology and building engineering issues, basic knowledge in the construction, and the concept of sustainability. The students acquire sufficient visual representation skills using the hand, computer graphics, and digital techniques. The main aspiration is to provide students with the ability of analytical thinking and problem solving: granting the knowledge, intellectual capacity and practical skills of interrelating apparently separate domains of the architectural realm of theory and practice. The curriculum of the program is designed so that the theory and practice can supplement and overlap with each other.

The course of study is divided into 9 modules: architectural design, fine arts, construction technology, project management, economics and law, urban design, history and theory of architecture, arts and social subjects, BA thesis. The successive years of the program curriculum are built up around the Architectural Design studies – the program is primarily focused on the courses of architectural design. Each academic year the curriculum aims to explore consequently more complex issues and scale of architecture or urban design projects as such:

  • basic principles of the architectural design;
  • private living space and dwelling;
  • collective dwelling;
  • public space and place-making;
  • building reconstruction / re-use / re-purpose / retrofitting / restoration / renovation / rearrangement / rehabilitation;
  • urban space and planning, urban regeneration.

Although the course outline each study year stays similar, annually students are provided with the unique design assignments updated taking into consideration the topical and current issues what concerns the built environment in the city of Riga and beyond. During the semester the evaluation of the student work is strongly influenced by the student’s performance and participation, creative, repetitive and continuous design process, ability to solve different challenges.

Architectural design is the major part of study course. Students present their work several times during the year - during mid-term and final presentations. International, as well as local guest critics, are invited to evaluate the work of the students. The study year concludes with a big exhibition usually open to the wider public. Bachelor students after successfully defending their Thesis curate their public exhibition in spring. 

Study courses included in the programme – download here.

The graduates of the ACADEMIC BACHELOR DEGREE STUDY PROGRAMME “ARCHITECTURE” will be able to continue with the subsequent Postgraduate professional Master’s degree program “Architecture” at RISEBA (or corresponding programme in other institutions). Following the guidelines of Bologna declaration, RISEBA Faculty of Architecture and Design implemented the 7 + 4 semester education system so the architecture students who will obtain the master's degree will also receive the professional qualification in order to apply for the architect’s license if preferred.

Download the leaflet about BA study program ARCHITECTURE here.
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Contacts:
Director of the Faculty of Architecture and Design:
Jānis Dripe
Phone: +371 28625222
janis.dripe@riseba.lv

Bachelor's study programme "Architecture" director:
Dina Suhanova
Phone: +371 22306818
dina.suhanova@riseba.lv