Students of architecture, urban design and related disciplines are invited to RISEBA University summer school on the ephemeral architecture and urban design “FestivaL’and 4.0” also in 2021. Summer course is organized as a cooperation between RISEBA Faculty of Architecture and Design and Valmiera Summer Theatre festival (VVTF).


SECOND APPLICATION ROUND IS OPEN UNTIL THE END OF JUNE. Following the latest government decisions on cancelling several restrictions and allowing gathering for COVID-19 vaccinated people, we announce the second application round for our international summer course this year. We welcome local participants, students from creative industries, architecture, arts, media, engineering and others. The number of participants is limited.

Please fill in the application, send your CV, brief motivation letter, and photo of your latest creative project. Participants must be at least 18 years old and should have advanced English skills. Persons having the Covid-19 vaccine will have an advantage as we aim to ensure safe and healthy being together.


The first application round for foreign participants seeking scholarships closed in April 1, 2021. There were in total 10 Latvian state scholarships available. Scholarships are administered by the State Education Development Agency.

Summer school dates: July 28 – Aug 6, 2021
Duration: 10 days
Location: Valmiera city, Latvia / indoors and outdoors*
Type of summer course: with overnight accommodation*
Languages of instruction: Latvian and English

“FestivaL’and 4.0” will take place for the fourth time in Valmiera (Latvia). It is a DesignBuild summer course to go beyond the academic knowledge getting out of the classroom into the physical world of design and construction for city users of all generations – theatre festival guests and locals of Valmiera. This year, the summer school will continue to explore new preconditions for communication and distancing in the public space, looking for answers on how to create an urban environment for safe togetherness to hold an event in post-pandemic circumstances. The participants led by design professionals will generate ideas, design, and learn crafts of timber construction to create and build an instant spatial framework for audiovisual adventure at the theater festival centre.

We aim to encourage students to apply their theoretical knowledge, develop and train 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 important processes in the urban environments, perception, and usability of the city.

After completion of the course participants will receive certificate and 3 ECTS.

* There may be changes in organizing summer school in person due to COVID-19 restrictions. We will follow the updates and inform participants accordingly.

Curator of the summer school:
Dina Suhanova

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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 2021 the event will take place from Aug 6 to 8 already for the 6th time.

The festival is organized by Valmiera Drama theatre with the support from Valmiera City council.

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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.

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RISEBA University of Applied Sciences in Riga offers its students contemporary and high-quality education already for more than 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 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”. RISEBA 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.

RISEBA University of Applied Sciences
Address: 3 Meža Street, Riga, LV-1048
Phone: + 371 67500265

Faculty of Architecture and Design
Address: 4 Durbes Street, Riga, LV-1007
Phone: + 371 29349122

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