general information

Students of architecture, urban design and related disciplines from all over the world are invited to RISEBA University International summer school on the ephemeral architecture and urban design – “FestivaL’and”. The summer school is organized as a cooperation between RISEBA Faculty of Architecture and Design and Valmiera Summer Theatre festival.

Dates: July 24 – Aug 4, 2018.
Duration: 12 days.
Location: Valmiera city, Latvia.

We think the summertime is for festivals! We invite you to get out of the auditorium, get acquainted with the varied cultural experience in Latvia and make new friends, but most importantly – apply your theoretical knowledge and develop the skills in constructing amazing ideas in scale 1:1

The summer school is devoted to the idea of the contemporary ephemeral architecture and urban design elements as catalysts for initially invisible but important processes of turns in the urban environments, perception, and usability of the city. Working in teams and workshops led by invited professionals as mentors you will develop the ideas and build the festival village in the very center of Valmiera for VVTF visitors, locals and guests.

By adding the versatile culture and entertainment program we promise that your summer school WILL BE A FESTIVAL!

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We welcome undergraduate or postgraduate level students from foreign universities studying in the following fields: architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, building construction and engineering, design and arts, scenography or similar.

Applicants must have finished at least one year of the undergraduate studies by the time the summer school starts.

We also welcome students from higher education institutions, universities, and vocational schools in Latvia.

Participants should have at least Advanced level of English language.

Expected number of participants in the summer school: 15 – 20.

participation fee

The full participation fee is EUR 711.

The fee covers accommodation in the student housing, catering (2 meals per day), workshops and discussion sessions, guest lectures, guided excursions and factory site visits, social programme and culture activities planned during the summer school.

> The participants of the summer school have to cover travel expenses from the country of origin to the summer school location in Valmiera (Latvia) themselves. If necessary organizers will offer the pickup option in Riga and transfer to Valmiera.

For scholarships and available discounts see the section "scholarships".

For participants from Latvia, we will offer the limited number of partially funded places with the tuition fee of EUR 215. Apply until 22 June 2018. Go to the section APPLY.


The main languages of instruction in the summer school will be English and Latvian.

> Participants should have an Advanced level of English language skills.


There are scholarships available from State Education Development Agency of Latvia for international applicants* (to cover full participation fee). Application deadline: May 4, 2018.

In total 10 scholarships will be granted to foreign applicants after evaluating the application, Curriculum vitae, and Motivation letter. The final decision on granting scholarships will be made by the evaluation committee of the State Education Development Agency Republic of Latvia by May 15, 2018. You will be notified of the scholarship by organizers.

Please note! The scholarship fully covers only the participation fee. The travel, VISA, and insurance costs must be covered by the participant. 

Students – citizens of the following countries can apply for the scholarship: Austria, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Norway, Peru, Slovakia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, The People`s Republic of China, The United States of America, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan.


Participants of the summer school will receive 3 ECTS and a certificate of participation will be awarded upon completion of the summer school program.

> Additional documentation to validate the course at the home university will be issued on request.

about RISEBA

RISEBA University of Business, Arts and Technology in Riga offers its students contemporary and high-quality education already for 25 years. RISEBA is an inter-disciplinary and multicultural university preparing students for entrepreneurial careers at the international level. In addition to the business and management programmes, RISEBA University has established the studies in the creative industries, architecture, communications and audiovisual media arts, thus transforming the institution into the place where “business meets art”. The university provides the global labor market with intelligent, creative and independent thinking individuals.

Faculty of Architecture and Design (FAD) is established in 2011 offering architecture studies in the international settings in Latvia in two successive cycles – Academic Bachelor’s Degree Study programme “Architecture” (3,5 years, 210 ECTS) and Professional Master’s Degree Study programme “Architecture” (2 years, 120 ECTS). Since its foundation, the faculty has combined the best architecture education standards and teaching experiences within Europe becoming the architecture school to form and pursue international performance. Both programmes are taught in English.

about Valmiera

Valmiera is the largest city in the Vidzeme planning region. In the context of Latvia, it is considered as a development city with strong traditions of the production and industry, a considerable cultural heritage, and history.

Valmiera is one of the oldest cities in Latvia founded in about 1283. It is the former Hanseatic city, ruined by wartime of 20th century, and therefore missing the presence of the historical center in the urban fabric. Valmiera is the administrative, educational, cultural and sports center of the Vidzeme region. As it is a city with a true entrepreneurial spirit, Valmiera is also the center for economic development of the region.

Area of the city – 19,35 km2.
Population – 24 846 (data from the year 2016). 
Distance to Riga – 115 km.

Information from www.valmiera.lv.

about VVTF

Valmiera Summer Theater festival is a unique theater event held annually in the urban environment, open air and non-traditional locations in Valmiera city.

The performances are exclusively produced for the festival by national and internationally renowned theatre professionals. The festival is in search of unusual places and original forms, which entertain, enrich, and provoke the festival visitors, locals of Valmiera and guests of the city. In addition to the theater performances, the parallel interdisciplinary program expands the festival into the urban space of the city. In the summer of 2018 from Aug 3 till 5, the event will take place already the third time.

Creative director of the festival: Reinis Suhanovs (set designer and theatre director). The festival is organized by Valmiera Drama theatre with the support from Valmiera City council.

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