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Uģis Bratuškins

Uģis Bratuškins

Dr. arch., Professor
Leading Researcher

Identity and up-to-date design and usage of public open space in urban areas 



Short Bio:  

Architect, Professor at Riga Technical University, Dean of the Faculty of Architecture (since 2007). Education: Degree of Architect (1984), Master of Architecture (1994), Doctor of Architecture (2006). Practice since 1984 – Design Bureau Komunālprojekts JSC. and Sestais Stils Ltd. Author and co-author of many public and dwelling buildings in Riga and other towns of Latvia. Major projects: Renovation of Riga Town Hall Square (Riga City Council Building and Extension, Museum and Chamber Music Hall building The House of the Black Heads, Office buildings), Interiors of the Faculty of Social Sciences of Latvia University, single-family houses, etc. Teacher at Riga Technical University: Lecturer (1992–2003), Assistant Professor (2003–2006), Associate Professor (2006–2012), Professor (since 2012). Study courses: Architectural and Urban Design, Interior Design, Building Types, Architectural Morphology and Research Methods. Visiting Professor at Jon Minku University of Architecture and Urbanism (Bucharest, Romania, 2014 and 2015), University of Sassari (Italy, 2014 and 2015), HafenCity University (Hamburg, Germany, 2017 and 2018) and Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (Lithuania, 2017 and 2018). Vice-Rector of Nordic-Baltic Academy of Architecture (since 2013). Member of Editorial Boards: Scientific Proceedings of RTU: Architecture and Urban Planning (Riga, Latvia), Journal of Architecture and Urbanism (Vilnius, Lithuania), Landscape Architecture and Art (Jelgava, Latvia) Journal of Sustainable Architecture and Civil Engineering (Kaunas, Lithuania) and Latvijas Arhitektūra (Riga, Latvia). Scientific Consultant: Ilustrētā Zinātne (Riga, Latvia) and Ilustrētā Pasaules Vēsture (Riga, Latvia). Expert at Latvia Council of Science, Slovenian Research Agency (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco (Florence, Italy) and State Foundation of Culture Capital (Riga, Latvia). Research interests: identity and up-to-date design and usage of public open space in urban areas. Author of more than 80 publications. Member of The Latvia Association of Architects and Academy of Latvia Regional Architecture.  

Research projects:  

  • New Mindset for High-quality European Baukultur: Bridging Digital and Craft, Project Leader from the Partner Institution, Leading Researcher, 2019–2022.  
  • Up-to-date Information Systems in Urban Regeneration, Participant, Leading Researcher, 2020–2022.  
  • Cities & Rail: Increasing potentials for Smart & Just Cities, Participant, Leading Researcher, 2018–2019.  
  • Restructuring of Study Programmes in Architecture to Long-cycle Integrated Master in Line with EU Standards, Project Leader from the Partner Institution, Leading Researcher, 2012–2016.  


Bratuškins, U, Zaleckis, K., Treija, S., Koroļova, A., Kamičaityte, J. (2020) Digital Information Tools for Urban Regeneration: Capital’s Approach in Theory and Practice. Sustainability. Basel: MDPI Online, 2020, Nr 12(19), pp. 1–16. DOI:10.3390/SU12198082.  

Treija, S., Bratuškins, U., Barvika, S., Bondars, E. (2020) The Liveability of Historical Cities: Current State And Prospects For Habitation. Global Dwelling Approaches to Sustainability, Design and Participation. Southampton: WIT Press, 2020, pp. 15–26. ISBN: 978-1-78466-219-6, ISSN: (print) 1746-4498, DOI:10.2495/GD170021.  

Babris, M., Bratuškins, U. (2019) Practical Modelling in Treehouse Development. Architecture and Urban Planning / Arhitektūra un pilsētplānošana, 2019, Vol. 15, pp. 106-112. ISSN 1691-4333. e-ISSN 2255-8764. Available from: doi:10.2478/aup-2019-0015.  

Bratuškins, U., Treija, S. (2019) Epoch and School: Beginnings of Architectural Education at the Riga Polytechnic. Architecture and Urban Planning. Riga: Riga Technical University/DeGruyter  Online, 2019, pp. 75–80, ISSN 2255-8764, DOI 10.2478/aup-2019-0010.  

Krastiņš, J., Bratuškins, U., Treija, S. (2019) Arhitektūras izglītībai Latvijā 150 = Architectural Education in Latvia 150. Rīga: RTU izdevniecība, 2019, 208 pp., ISBN 978-9934-22-362-4.

Treija, S., Bratuškins, U. (2019) Socialist Ideas and Physical Reality: Large Housing Estates in Riga, Latvia. Housing Estates in the Baltic Countries. Cham: SpringerOpen, 2019, pp. 161–180, ISSN 2365-757X, ISBN 978-3-030-23391-4, DOI 10.1007/978-3-030-23392-1.

Bratuškins, U., Treija, S., Babris, M. (2018) Non-formal Education in Architecture: Latvian Experience. Journal of Architecture and Urbanism, vol. 24, issue 1. Vilnius: VGTU Press, 2018, pp. 46–51. ISSN 2029-7955, DOI 10.3846/jau.2018.1843.

Treija, S., Bratuškins, U., Koroļova, A. (2018) Urban Densification of Large Housing Estates in the Context of Privatization of Public Open Space: the Case of Imanta, Riga. Architecture and Urban Planning. Riga: Riga Technical University/DeGruyter Online, 2018, pp. 105–110, ISSN 2255-8764, DOI 10.2478/aup-2018-0014.  

Bratuškins, U., Treija, S. (2018) Up-to-date Public Open Space in Interactive Historical Environment: Riga City Centre. Proceedings of the International Symposioum for Planet Earth, Florence: Fondazione Romualdo Del Bianco, 2018, pp. 187–192. ISBN 9788840474557.

Bratuškins, U. (2017) Latvia. Time Frames: Conservation Policies for Twentieth-Century Architectural Heritage. New York: Routledge, pp. 269–272, ISBN 978-1-47-248929-6.

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