Thinking of the future homes. International Week ESET at CEU-UCH

Dina Suhanova / architect / tutor at the Architecture design I studio

With a support of ERASMUS academic staff exchange program from 3rd till 7th of February architect and tutor Dina Suhanova took part in the International Week ESET at CEU Cardenal Herrera University The Technical School of Design, Architecture and Engineering in Valencia, Spain. The international week brought together 12 teachers and researchers from different European countries (LV, PL, PT, AU, CZ, IT, EE, ES) covering such fields as architecture, engineering design, information technology, energy and sustainability to have a multicultural and interdisciplinary reflection on the future homes of humanity.

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RISEBA FAD 3rd year students goes to Rotterdam / 2014

Ints Menģelis / architect / tutor at the Architecture Design studio III & IV

If you get bored of traditional Hanza city and you feel like living in a museum of history, you need to get a fresh look of the contemporary architecture and urban life and must go to (let's say) Rotterdam. So did 3rd year architecture students. Together with Architecture design IV tutors Janin Walter, Ints Menģelis and Architecture programme director Oskars Redbergs from May 28th till June 1st they went on annual study tour to Netherlands. Since WW II, when city was bombed, it always has been an experimentation platform for the urban enviroment and architecture. Since 1970-ties, when one of most significant architecture offices nowadays OMA (Office of Metropolitain Architecture) was established there, creative competition, experimentation and searching for new possibilities had became even more visible.

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Erasmus internship in Paris

Kārlis Narkevičs / BA Arch III year / 2013/2014

Our study period consists of persistent bigger or smaller trials and challenges but after being in a constant environment and surrounded by the same people, sooner or later each can have a desire for new challenges. I wanted to gain knowledge, to examine myself in unprecedented environment and possibly find new insights. Therefore, I took the opportunity to practice at one of the architect offices abroad using Erasmus Internship placement program. The acquisition of knowledge is very important part of study process, but in my opinion, very important aspect is also a quality relationships with lecturers. Maintaining a friendly and open relationship forms productive communication that can provide unexpected opportunities. A good recommendation received from the design professor let me end up in one of the best young architects in France - DGT architects. With great fervor and despite of my poor French language skills, I decided to spend the summer in Paris ‐ the city which I visited for the first time.

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FAD students design the objects from composite materials

Igors Malovickis, BA Arch III year student / 2013/2014

During the autumn semester the 3rd year students participated in a study course that introduced them to new material types and properties as well as innovative way of engineering. Material science was led by structural engineer, Dr.sc.ing. Kaspars Kalniņš who also teaches in the Institute of Materials and Structures at Riga Technical University. At the beginning of the course, students were introduced to basic properties of materials – their strengths and weaknesses, after which students were asked to investigate these properties on special machines, each student having a different set of materials to test.

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Amazing summer in inspiring Holland

Alise Jēkabsone / BA Arch 3rd year student / 2013/2014

It was a quite surprise, when studio supervisor architect Cynthia Markhoff invited me and Sabīne for the summer internship. We took this unique chance immediately and couldn't wait for the end of the semester. I believe that everything happens for good, even, if it doesn`t seem like that at the first moment. We happened to live by ourselves in an 3 storey house in Blaricum with a garden and peaceful environment instead of a 15 sq. m. room in a flat with other students, as we thought we would live for 2 months. Every day was great and didn`t seem that we are there for a short time stay – even better - we just fitted there.

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