“RISEBA Architecture school has excellent study facilities and unique atmosphere –workshops, studio, library, comfortable individual workplace, technical support and even a student kitchen. I highly appreciate the qualified, creative and professional teaching staff who led me into the world of architecture. 3,5 years of my study period seemed like one day. I mastered my English and presentation skills, ability to work in teams, acquired experience in the real projects and gained inspiration from the annual architecture study trips - all this will remain an indispensable benefit for my future.”

Anna Olha, graduate of 2018

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About programme

Faculty of Architecture and Design (FAD) at RISEBA was established in 2011 and offers architecture studies in international settings in Latvia in two successive cycles – the Bachelor's Programme in Architecture (3.5 years, 210 ECTS) and the Professional Master's Programme in Architecture (2 years, 120 ECTS). Since its foundation, the faculty has combined the best architecture education standards and teaching experiences in Europe in pursuit of academic excellence and international recognition. The total length of the Architecture studies at RISEBA (Bachelor + Master) shape the volume of 330 ECTS or 5,5 full-time study years thus meeting the general requirements of the EU standards for Architects education.

The Academic Bachelor’s Degree Study Programme in ARCHITECTURE is implemented as a basic component of the study direction “Architecture and Construction” and 1st cycle in training of architects. The full bachelor‘s degree programme takes 7 semesters (140 credits / 210 ECTS) and concludes with the Thesis project defended in front of and judged by the State Examination Commission.

The aim of the bachelor’s programme is to prepare qualified, competent and skilled graduates. The objective of the program is to ensure the acquisition of theoretical knowledge, research, and analytical abilities and to provide students with the practical skills for working in architecture. Students are prepared for further studies in the field of architecture, urban planning, as well as other related fields of design.

The academic bachelor study programme “Architecture” is an international, contemporary and competitive architecture study programme taught in English. The number of recognised local and foreign professionals from architecture and related fields together with the students make up the faculty’s multicultural community thus opening the gateway to the international careers.

Degree awarded:

Bachelor of Engineering Sciences in Architecture

(according to the amendments to Higher education law on 01.01.2019, accreditation for the education field of "Architecture and Construction" will stary valid until December 31 of 2021)

Language of instruction: English
Duration: 3.5 years
International opportunities: one semester or internship  abroad (ERASMUS+ Programme)
Credit points 140
ECTS 120

Form of study and tuition fees

Until 14.07.2019 you should apply online via  portal

After that you can apply via Dreamapply Apply online


Janis Dripe  

Head of the Faculty of Architecture and Design 

Janis Dripe

+371 28625222
[email protected]

Programme director, international project manager, lecturer:

Zane Vēja

+371 28308485
[email protected]  

Study environment 

Studies take place in the RISEBA Architecture and Media centre H2O 6 – a building in the former industrial area of Riga, the capital of the Baltic. At the moment H2O 6 is hosting Faculty of Architecture and Design and Faculty of Media and Communications. The creative quarter of RISEBA and Architecture and Media centre H2O 6 offers wide range of facilities and professional equipment for various events. It facilitates number of auditoriums and exhibition halls, design and modeling workshops, library, a modern sound studio, photo and video pavilion and authorized Apple Training Centre and IT lab. Architecture students’ workshop is accessible 24h a week and each student obtains a personalized desktop space.

Advantages of the programme

  • the international study environment,
  • the possibility to thoroughly master the English language,
  • studying abroad for one semester within ERASMUS+ programme,
  • internships abroad,
  • academic staff with international experience,
  • library, computer classrooms, specialized computer programmes, equipped design studios and modelling workshops,
  • study practice – annual study tours abroad,
  • a variety of courses of students' choice.

Form of study and tuition fees

Entrance requirements 

Entry requirements for EU citizens

  • centralized exams in English and Mathematics*
  • entrance examination in drawing/spatial modeling
  • interview and work portfolio (documentation of previously performed works reflecting a person’s individuality, creativity and capacity for work in any field and techniques (photo, cinema, music, dance, computer graphics, multimedia, design, installations, etc.)***.

*For those who have obtained secondary education until 2004, centralized exam certificates are not required. If a person has not passed the centralized exams, RISEBA will additionally organise entrance examinations in English.

**The application process usually opens in June. Please follow the information on our website in order not to miss the application deadlines.

***On demand.

Entry requirements for non-EU citizens

Step 1: The candidate should submit the following documents:

- The candidate should submit his/her portfolio of creative work (drawings, paintings etc) reflecting the true interests and passion. Please send it as a PDF document not exceeding 5 MB
- Motivation letter in English
- CV in English
- Copies of diplomas from previous education

Step 2: If necessary, a Skype interview with the candidate will be arrayed (optional).

Step 3: The board of the faculty will review all the portfolios and send acceptance or refusal a letter to the candidate not later than in 2 weeks.

Programme curriculum

Studies in six fields of concentration:

  • Architectural Design
  • Fine Art
  • Building Technology and Science
  • Project Management, Economics and Law
  • City Planning
  • History and Theory of Architecture
  • Humanities and Social Subjects
  • Internships
  • Bachelor Thesis.

*Architecture students are encouraged to compose their curriculum by choosing additional study courses from the Creative and Business programmes.

The curriculum aims to integrate the knowledge of all these diverse, yet complementing domains. The main aspiration is to provide students with the ability to 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 successive years of the curriculum are built upon one another in Architectural Design studies. Each academic year the curriculum aims to explore consequently more complex issues and scales of design problems as such:

- Principles of Design
- Private Space and Dwelling
- Public Space and Place-making
- Urban Space and Urban regeneration


Year 1 Year 2
Semester 1
Fundamentals of Visual Structures and Composition
Basics of design I
Math (Calculus) I
Descriptive geometry I
Environmental psychology
Fine arts I
English for Architects I
Introduction to Architectural culture I
Semester 3
Architectural Design I
Building technologies and practices I
Introduction to architectural structural systems
Fine arts III
Computer media in architecture
History of art, architecture and urban design II
Practical philosophy
Semester 2
Basics of design II
Basics of building technologies 
Math (Calculus) II
Descriptive geometry II
Fine arts II
English for Architects II
History of art, architecture and urban design I
Study practice
Ethics and social responsibility in architecture
Semester 4
Architectural Design II
Building science and application I
Building technologies and practices II
Architectural structures I
Fine arts IV
Computer applications in design I
History of art, architecture and urban design III
Study practice
Civil protection
Year 3 Year 4
Semester 5
Architectural Design III
Building science and application II
Building technologies and practices III
Architectural structures II
Landscape architecture
Computer applications in design II
Architectural theory and criticism I
Latvian architecture
Semester 7
Interior (Fine arts)
Study practice
Basics of legal aspects 
Sustainable design 
Organization management 
Bachelor Thesis (Final/State Exam)
Semester 6
Architectural Design IV
Architectural structures III
Architectural theory and Criticism II
Building science and application III
Urban design
Project and construction management
Basics of work safety
Cultural heritage

*A wide range of free selection courses (Section C) are available. Architecture students are invited to compose their curriculum by choosing additional courses also Creative and Business programmes.

Brochure about a programme




RISEBA Architecture and media centre H2O 6

Adress: Durbes street 4, Riga, LV-1007
Fax: + 371 67 500 252 
+ 371 29349122
E-mail: [email protected]
Skype: riseba_udens






The studies are held at RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6
The studies are held at RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6
Every year second and third year students in the spring go study research practice outside Latvia.
Every year second and third year students in the spring go study research practice outside Latvia.
Every year second and third year students in the spring go study research practice outside Latvia.