History of Latvian Urban design, Architecture and Art


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Janis_Lejnieks.jpgJĀNIS LEJNIEKS (LV) Professor in Latvian Architectural History

Doctor in Architecture, received his degree in architecture at Riga Technical University, worked for the state company “Pilsētprojekts” (Latvian Town Planning Institute) in the Urbanism Workshop, in 90-ties joined State Inspection of Heritage Protection, where was founding Director of Latvian Museum of Architecture and remains strongly connected to it as a Curator and member of the Scientific Council. He was Guest lecturer of History of Architecture and Architectural Design in RTU, Faculty of Architecture, has finished EU Training Course “Sustainable Cultural Heritage” in London, UK, and is expert in architecture, urban planning and practical site management. Editor in-Chief of bi-monthly magazine „Latvijas Architektūra”, historian of urban planning, author of the books "Rīga, kuras nav” (Never built Riga), monographies of Latvian architects Modris Gelzis and Andris Kronbergs and others. Member of the Board of the Latvian Architectural Association, Ex-Chairman of the Board, has been awarded for his work. 


The aim of the course is to read critically the works of historians and gain some insight into why history is written the way it is, and to provide students with conceptual frameworks with which to interpret urbanism, architecture and art to encourage the development of an analytical attitude toward the man-made environment.
The program covers the history of the urban and country-side environment in the territory of the contemporary Latvia from pre-historic times till contemporary world, addressing the cultural/economical/political/natural factors, theories of urban form, settlement patterns, building typologies, design, technologies and materials.


The course of BA study among 9 modules includes History and theory of architecture, as well of Latvia particulary, orientated to discover:
•    basic principles of the architectural design;
•    private living space and dwelling;
•    collective dwelling;
•    public space and place-making;
•    building reconstruction / re-use / re-purpose / retrofitting / restoration / renovation / rearrangement / rehabilitation;
•    urban space and planning and urban regeneration.


The audience will gain some insight into why history is written the way it is, a new skills to read critically the works of historians and get conceptual framework with which to interpret urbanism, architecture and art. It will encourage to look at the man-made environment in Latvia and internationaly from the professional and analytical standpoint.

Study environment

The studies are held at RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6.


Diana Krone

Head of RISEBA Career Development Centre
Phone.: +371 67617698
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Address: Meza street 3, room 311


RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6
4 Durbes Street, Riga

You can reach Architecture and Media Centre by buses No 3 or 13 (direction Bolderaja) getting off at “Klinģeru iela” bus stop. Then you’ll have to walk back from the stop and turn left on the first street. Keep on walking along the street (passing by “Salmo” store) till you reach the furthest corner of RISEBA – turn left and you’ll find yourself in a small courtyard and see the entrance.

The map below shows the route to H2O 6 parking lot and entrance to the building if you are driving in the direction of Bolderaja.


RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6

Address: 4 Durbes Street, Riga, LV-1007
Telephone: + 371 29349122
E-mail: [email protected]
Skype: riseba_udens

Working time: 
Monday - Friday: 08:00 to 20:00 
Saturday: 9:00 to 15:00 
Sunday: closed


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