Summer School «Riga – The Pearl Of Latvian Wooden Architecture»

Summer School «Riga – The Pearl Of Latvian Wooden Architecture»

Sustainability, ecology and energy efficiency are the words you hear these days more often. In the field of civil construction these three appellations can be included into one simple word – wood.

Wood has been used as a building material for thousands of years. The chemical properties of wood are inherently complex, but nevertheless, human beings have successfully harnessed the unique characteristics of wood to build a seemingly unlimited variety of structures.

Wood is a natural resource, making it readily available and economically feasible. It is remarkably strong in relation to its weight, and it provides good insulation from the cold. Wood is also the perfect example of an environmentally sustainable product; it is biodegradable and renewable, and carries the lowest carbon footprint of any comparable building material.

Wooden architecture ir Riga is uniqe, because it continued to develop and improve up till the start of the Wold War II. This is why only a century ago in Latvia’s capital city there where approximately 12,000 wooden buildings from which only 4000 remained to this day. It is important to point out that the oldest of Rigas’wooden buildings was raised at the end of the 18th century.

We believe that Latvian craftsmen’s' knowledge in timber as a construction material have deep roots into our history dated back to ancient times and are inherited from our ancestors. Summer school «Riga – the Pearl of Latvian Wooden Architecture» links Latvian craftsman know-how and RTU professors' attainment into the field of Architecture. Combination of those two worlds will result in an intensive two-week summer school where participants will be able to gain new knowledge regarding wood as a construction material.

The course aim is to increase participants knowledge about the use of wood as a material in architecture, emphasizing its advantages and also raise awareness of the wooden architecture of the capital of Latvia.

Learning outcomes:

Gain new knowledge about the potential of wood as an excellent building material.

Obtain experience and develop professional skills that are based on ancient Latvian craftsman observations regarding applicability of different tree species.

Possibility to meet professionals from Architecture field and discuss newest trends regarding timber as a applicable construction material.

Study Credits
RTU Certificates and 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credit points will be awarded upon completion of the program.
Fees and other details
  • What? Riga – the Pearl of Latvian Wooden Architecture
  • Where?  Riga Technical University, Riga, Latvia
  • When? 17.08.2020.–28.08.2020.
  • How long?  2 weeks
  • Who?  Participants must be enrolled in a degree related to design, architecture, material science and civil engineering.
  • How much? 400 EUR (including lectures hours, practical classes hours, course materials).
  • The OUTCOME: RTU certificate, 6 ECTS
Student from the following countries can obtain Latvian government scholarships* for the summer school. Scholarship covers accommodation, catering, lectures, workshops, excursions, field trips and cultural activities except travel, visa and insurance costs.

Application and Contacts

Complete the application form.

In case any questions regarding registration and organisation issues occur, contact:

Foreign Students Foundation and Short-Term Courses Unit
Riga Technical University
1 Kalku Street, Room 414, Riga
LV-1658, Latvia

Project Coordinator
Mr Arturs Lusis
+371 67089036

Head of Unit
Ms Natalja Muracova
+371 29217056