Faculty of Architecture
Faculty of Architecture
Kipsalas iela 6
N 56° 56' 49.61'', E 56° 56' 49.61''
t: +371 67089212
f: +371 67089130
Dean of Faculty
Riga Technical University (RTU), founded as Riga Polytechnicum in 1862, was the first tertiary education establishment in the territory of present Republic of Latvia. It was established following the model of the most progressive multi-discipline technical universities of that time. The Polytechnicum originally incorporated six departments: Engineering, Chemistry, Agriculture, Mechanics, Commerce, and Architecture.
At present RTU is one of the largest state Universities in Latvia, the number of students in 8 faculties reaching 15 thousand. Faculty of Architecture (Faculty) offers different levels of academic and professional study programmes in architecture with additional focus on interior design, landscape architecture, restoration of cultural heritage and urban planning.
Faculty is the only higher educational institution in Latvia offering full-scale education in academic and professional level in architecture.
Faculty graduates are employed mostly by design companies, as well as by state and municipal institutions dealing with planning, architectural management and supervision of construction process. Many of the graduates in three years after graduation pass the competence procedure and start independant practice as certificated architects.
Riga city centre, island of Kipsala. Walking distance (15 minutes) to Old Town - Riga city centre.
280 students (175 Bachelor, 95 Master, 10 PhD), 2% of foreign students.
28 staff members (17 full-time and approx. 11 visiting lecturers and critics).
Cartographic and Arch. Info. Lab
sculpture studio, painting studio
- BA programme - state financed 20 students (competition) and the rest for LVL 2290.- per year;
- Professional (Diploma) programme - state financed 35 students (competition) and the rest for LVL2690.- per year;
- MA programme - state financed 12 students (competition) and the rest for LVL 3240.- per year;
- Doctoral programme - state financed 1 student (competition) and the rest for LVL 6420.- per year.
Master's, Professional MA in Architecture, 2 years (4 semesters), MA, Latvian/English, 123,
PhD, Academic PhD in Architecture, 4 years (8 semesters), Doctor of Architecture (Dr. arch.), Latvian, 216,
Architectural studies at Riga Technical University are held at the Faculty of Architecture in four accredited by the State study programmes in four successive qualification levels. The lower two levels (BA and Professional) are the basic to meet the professional standards and are orientated towards development of creative and open personalities in order to provide artistic and technical knowledge, skills and abilities necessary for their professional start, access to profession and successful career. The higher two levels (MA and Doctoral) are orientated towards development of knowledge, skills and abilities necessary in research and scientific work as well as in professorship at the higher educational institutions. Each level of education in Architecture corresponds to definite requirements of labour market.
– Academic Bachelor (BA)/Assistant Architect
– Professional Architect (Dipl. arch./MA)/Architect, Certificated Architect
– Academic Doctoral (Dr. arch.)/Advanced Researcher, Associate Professor, Professor
The Programme aims at preparing well-educated and creative specialists for professional work whether under supervision of certificated architect or as employees in state or municipal architectural and planning institutions. The Programme gives the overall knowledge and the basic skills for supervised practical work.
Programme meets the educational requirements set out in the Latvian Standard Classification of Occupations “Assistant Architect”.
The Programme is based on a balanced development of the creative designing skills through efficient integration of the theoretical knowledge acquired during the lectures and practical skills obtained during the performance of design tasks. Skills in special subjects (Architectural Design, Fine Arts subjects, etc.) are taught and perfected in face-to-face sessions.
Training is carried out through lectures and practical exercises. The content of the lectures includes general theory that should be mastered by all students. Practical classes focus on particular themes when each student prepares an individual theoretical assignment (a paper, a study, etc.) or a study design within a broader general subject.
After successful completion of Programme and presentation of a BA Thesis, the graduate is awarded the degree of Bachelor of Engineering Sciences in Architecture. It entitles the graduate to start supervised professional work and (or) to continue studies in higher level educational programmes.
The Professional Architect’s Study Programme corresponds to the Bologna MA level. It aims at preparing well-educated and creative specialists for professional career within independent practice or as employee in state or municipal institutions. The content of the Programme together with the content of the BA programme fully meet the educational requirements included both in international and national laws and regulations, namely:
– UNESCO/UIA Charter for Architectural Education;
– EU Directive 2005/36/EC on Recognition of Professional Qualifications;
– National Law on Regulated Professions and Recognition of Professional Qualifications;
– National Cabinet Regulation on Minimum Requirements to Educational Programmes for Obtaining Professional Qualification of the Architect.
The Programme is based on a balanced development of the creativity through efficient integration of the theoretical knowledge acquired during the lectures and practical skills obtained during the performance of design tasks. Practical Placement is included amounting to 39 ECTS.
After successful completion of Programme and presentation of the Diploma Project, the graduate is awarded the qualification of Architect (Diploma). It entitles to start professional activity, to qualify for access to profession under the established procedure, and (or) to enter higher level studies.
The Academic Master’s Study programme aims at acquiring research skills and provides the students with advanced knowledge required for research work. The students can begin studies after successful completion of the Professional Study Programme or equivalent education.
The main emphasis is put on development of students’ ability to critically evaluate the tendencies in architecture and related fields. Individual research tasks are introduced, choosing the themes in line with the issue of the MA Thesis. The studies are based on efficient integration of the knowledge acquired during the lectures and practical research skills obtained during the performance of study works and presentation of the research outcome.
After successful completion of the Programme and presentation of MA Thesis, the graduate is awarded the MA Degree of Engineering Sciences in Architecture. It entitles the graduate to start research work and/or teaching practice at universities as well as to continue studies in doctoral programmes.
The aim of the Academic Doctoral Study programme is to master theoretical knowledge and develop research skills and management abilities providing the students with advanced knowledge required for research work in architecture or other related fields. The students can begin studies after successful completion of the MA Study Programme in Architecture or equivalent education. After defence of the Doctoral Thesis the graduate is awarded the scientific degree “Doctor of Architecture” (Dr. arch.) that entitles to develop research or academic carreer.
The main emphasis is put on development of students’ ability to critically evaluate the tendencies in architecture and related fields in their varied expressions and evaluate them by providing a reasoned assessment. Individual research and analytical tasks are introduced in the lectures, choosing their themes in line with the topic of the Doctoral Thesis.
The studies are based on efficient integration of the knowledge acquired during the lectures and practical research skills obtained during the performance of study works focused on the issue of Doctoral Thesis. Special attention is paid to the selection of the subjects that are relevant to the urbanisation problems of the man-made environment and integration of historic and new urban areas.
Faculty is significant research centre, focusing on architecture and environmental development problems and systematically conducts research pertaining to the history of architecture and protection of cultural monuments, theory of architecture, urban development and spatial planning. The principal focus areas are: Regional and Global Tendencies in the Contemporary Latvian Architecture; Development of Systems and Structures for Managing Urban Planning of Environment-friendly Solutions; Structural Optimization and Spatial Development of Urban Environment; History of Latvian Architecture and Urban Development.