“FestivaL’and 4.0”

RISEBA University summer school on the ephemeral architecture and urban design “FestivaL’and 4.0” – CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

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

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 (at least intermediate English proficiency level required)

THINK! DESIGN! BUILD! “FestivaL’and 4.0” is a DesignBuild summer course devoted to the idea of the contemporary ephemeral architecture and urban design elements as catalysts for important turns in creating more livable and attractive cities. We aim to encourage students to apply their theoretical knowledge, develop and train the skills in constructing ideas in scale 1:1 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.

Fees and funding

Full participation fee in 2021 is EUR 711 **.

The fee covers accommodation in the student housing, catering (2 meals per day), workshops and discussion sessions, guest lectures an tutoring, guided excursions and site visits, building tools and materials, social program and culture activities planned during the summer school. Participants will also get an opportunity to join performances held within the theatre festival program.

In accordance with bilateral agreements on co-operation in education and science concluded between Latvian government and a few countries Latvia offers scholarships to foreign students, researchers and teaching staff for participation in summer schools in Latvia in the 2021/2022 academic year. There are in total 10 Latvian state scholarships available for participation in “FestivaL’and”. Scholarship fully covers participation fee.

Only students from the following countries (see below) *** are eligible for scholarship.


Application period for foreign participants seeking scholarships:

Feb 1 – Apr 1, 2021.

As participants we welcome undergraduate or postgraduate level students from universities studying architecture, urbanism, landscape architecture, building construction and engineering, design and arts, scenography or in any other field. 

To apply, fill in the APPLICATION FORM ( https://forms.gle/YziWQFNgvmrCtw7L6 )

and upload the following:

  • CV and brief motivation letter,
  • One photo of your latest creative project,
  • Your ID or passport copy,
  • Proof of English knowledge (if available),
  • Certification from your home University proving that you are enrolled as a student.

Scholarships will be awarded on a competitive basis in a careful evaluation after receiving all applications.

In case you missed the first application round, we welcome your application at any time but no later than 1 month before the course. We will contact you about the availability of place. Applications received after the deadline will not be eligible for receiving the scholarship.

Please note that participants of the summer school have to cover insurance, visa and travel expenses from their origin to the summer school location in Valmiera by themselves. If necessary, organizers will offer the pickup option in Riga and transfer to Valmiera. Arrival in Valmiera – July 27. 


Participants of the summer school will receive 3 ECTS and a certificate 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.

For more information please visit summer school website

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Curator of the summer school:
Dina Suhanova

* There may be changes in organizing summer school in person due to COVID-19 restrictions. Organizers will follow the latest updates on the situation and requirements in Latvia and abroad due to COVID-19 and will take decisions on holding the upcoming summer school accordingly. Stay safe! 

** Latvian residents and Valmiera locals will be eligible for the reduced participation fee. Please contact organizers.

*** Only applicants from the following countries are eligible for receiving the scholarship:
Azerbaijan, Belgium (Federation Wallonia - Brussels), Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, France, Georgia, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Moldova, Mongolia, Peru, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Tajikistan, The People`s Republic of China, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Austria, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Indonesia, Japan, Lithuania, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, The United States of America.

Administration of the Latvian state scholarships is delegated by the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia to the State Education Development Agency (Valsts izglītības attīstības aģentūra, VIAA) – www.viaa.gov.lv/scholarships.