INTERNATIONAL ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN CONFERENCE
MARCH 24-25, 2023
Call for Papers
RIXARCH 2023 / I. International Architectural Design Conference will be held on March 24-25, 2023, in Riga, Latvia. RISEBA University Faculty of Architecture organizes the conference at the RISEBA Architecture and Media Centre H2O 6 Quarters. The conference aims to bring together distinguished and emerging local scholars and host an international forum to facilitate discussions on current issues in architecture. The conference will cover various topics in architecture with a contemporary edge and from a multidisciplinary perspective. It will have a special focus in its first year: The legacy of John Hejduk and the fundamental questions of form, the subject/object dichotomy, poetic aspects and effects, and the "imagined thing" in architecture.
The speed of change has never been faster in human history, and design has never been more integral to our lives. Architectural design not only shapes our daily lives and responds to our needs anymore, but it also plays a vital role in economic welfare, psychological well-being, and ecological balance. Recently, architecture has been linked to a new marketing and image-building agenda. It is discovering neuroscience, Artificial Intelligence, robotic constructions, biomimetics, and Virtual Reality. Ecology has become an essential parameter of all design decisions. The psychological effects of spaces have grown into a decisive element. The history of architecture has been reconsidered from critical points of view. Theory and creativity have become more prominent for designers. The contemporary world offers new opportunities and challenges for architecture while new frontiers in architecture are awaiting discovery. RIXARCH Conference invites scholars and architects to rethink our understanding of design in an interdisciplinary and refreshing way.
We invite you to join us at the event and would like to emphasize that proposals from different parts of the world are welcomed. All submitted abstracts will be selected according to double-blind peer reviews, and accepted submissions will be published in extended abstract form in the conference proceedings book with an ISBN given to you on the conference day. You can submit your full papers for post-conference publication in a special section of RISEBA University’s ADAMarts journal’s 2023 issue.
Rudolfs Dainis Šmits, MATS BArch., is a dean of the faculty and MA Architecture programme director, lecturer.
He studied architecture, art history and painting at the University of Illinois, Chicago and theology at Covenant Theological Seminary. St. Louis, USA and founding member of ARHITEKSTI foundation.
Dainis has over 30 years of work experience in multi-cultural environments. As principal architect at RDSA studio and design manager has lead various largescale commercial, residential, and civic projects. Design collaboration as associate architect with Gunnar Birkerts FAIA on the National Library of Latvia, Riga (2006-2012) and with Hill International, Senior Design manager for The Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo (2012-2016); Heneghan-Peng Architects, Dublin.
Academic interest and research include architecture theory and pedagogy – a critical approach to design and reading architecture distinguishing between idea, concept and affect vs. projective architecture. Investigating form, meaning, memory and architecture’s poetic capacity. Parallel investigations with abstract painting his works have been exhibited locally and internationally and received local and international recognition for design excellence.
Professor Jane Anderson, RIBA, ARB, PFHEA, NTFS
Programme Lead for Undergraduate Architecture
School of Architecture
Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment
Jane Anderson is an architect and Programme Lead for Undergraduate Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. She has worked as an architect in Germany and the UK. Her involvement with architectural education began as a participant in the innovative architectural tutor training course at University of East London. She taught with Ruth Morrow and collaborated with her on the book “Building Clouds, Drifting Walls” that documented the activities of the year one design studio at Sheffield University. She established OB1 LIVE in 2008 with Colin Priest. OB1 LIVE is a programme of live projects commissioned by community-based clients and designed by year one students of architecture and interior architecture.
Architect, Ph.D., LEED AP
Texas Tech University | Huckabee College of Architecture
David Turturo is an architect, historian, and assistant professor at Texas Tech University. Their research considers avant-garde architecture in the 1960s and 1970s, raising questions about formalism, figuration, and subjectivity. Turturo completed a Ph.D. dissertation at Yale University, titled "Caryatid: Architecture and the Framing of Bodies," and an M.Des. thesis at Harvard University, titled "Entries Lament: John Hejduk's Late Spirit." They published the essay "Action Architecture" on the work of Hermann Nitsch, Valie Export, Walter Pichler, and Raimund Abraham in AA Files 78 in 2021; and "John Hejduk, Don't Look Now," in Paprika! in 2018. Turturo is presently preparing the authorized oral history of Peter Eisenman as a manuscript and writing a critical monograph on the work of John Hejduk.
Prof. Heike Hanada
Chair, Building Typologies, Faculty of Architecture and Engineering,
Heike Hanada studied Architecture at the HdK Berlin and in Japan at the TODAI / University of Tokyo. In 1994, she founded her first studio (Hanada+) in Tokyo and in 2007 in Weimar (heike hanada_laboratory of art and architecture). Today she works as an architect and artist in Berlin. Her work gained international renown after winning first prize in the open competition for the extension of Asplund’s library in Stockholm. Numerous prizes and competition awards followed. From 2009-2018 she was Professor for BauGestaltung at the FH Potsdam. Since 2018 she headed the Chair of Building Typologies at theTU Dortmund succeeding Prof. Jürgen Sawade, Prof. Max Dudler and Prof. Walter A. Noebel. In 2019 she was awarded the Thuringian Architecture Prize for the new Bauhaus Museum in Weimar. Most recently, together with the artist Ayşe Erkmen she won the international competition for a new entrance to the Kunstmuseum Winterthur. For 2021/22, she has been awared a fellowship for the Deutsche Akademie Rom - Villa Massimo.
JAMES P. WILLIAMSON
Professor and former Dean at College of Architecture at Texas Tech University
James Williamson won numerous design and teaching awards and honors, including a First Place in the Shinkenchiku Competition, an ACSA design award, two Graham Foundation grants, the 2006 Martin Dominguez Distinguished Teaching Award from Cornell University, and a Special Commendation for Teaching Excellence from the Universidad de Puerto Rico. Williamson has taught design and theory at numerous schools of architecture, including Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning; the Harvard Graduate School of Design; and Georgia Tech. He has also published in numerous professional journals including Architectural Design, Japan Architect, Daedelus, Architecture & Urbanism, Kongsan (Space), Art Papers, and the JAE. Williamson is the former Dean of the College of Architecture at Texas Tech University which is undergoing a significant change under his leadership. While at Cornell, Williamson served in various leadership capacities, including as Director of the Master of Architecture Program, and later as Director of the Bachelor of Architecture Program.
SPECIAL FOCUS: John Hejduk's legacy
John Hejduk's architecture
Architecture as a communicative entity
Object / Subject relationship
Form in architecture
Rethinking the legacy of post-modernism
CONTEMPORARY DESIGN ISSUES
Creativity and innovation
Digital Age and Computer-Aided design
Digital fabrication and robotic craft
Smart HVAC Systems
Internet of Things
Metaphors, symbols, geometry
Structural innovation and development
New Technologies in design and construction
Transportable buildings and adaptation
Structure types and design
Intelligent, smart materials and building skins
Education and curriculum models
Design with nature
Low energy architecture
Design, locality, and culture
HISTORY & THEORY
Gender and architecture
Rhetoric, metaphors, and architecture
Politics, economy, urban perspectives
Criticism and history of architecture
Architectural criticism and critical theory
Everyday life, ideology and culture
Phenomenology and architecture
Body, movement and space
Perception, feeling and space
Metaphors, symbols and people
Body, movement and space
Perception, feeling and space
Metaphors, symbols and people
Architecture and arts
Utopia and dystopia remembered
Slums and urban landscapes
Haunted spaces/places and non-spaces
Place and identity
Design in historical context
Urban planning challenges in 21st Century
Ecosystem and urban ecology
Best (and Worst) practices: Informing future possibilities
Participation and governance
Infrastructure, facilities, systems
Rethinking planning and urban Design
Evolving and declining models of city planning practice
Critical perspectives towards social life in cities
in alphabetical order
DINA SUHANOVA (LV)
Dina Suhanova is a research fellow at the recently founded Institute of Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture of the Art Academy of Latvia. Dina has a diploma in Architecture and a Master of Arts degree in History and Theory of Art and Culture. Parallel to several years in architecture practice, Dina has turned her interests toward processes, research and activities related to contemporary architecture culture. Dina has been an editor of numerous academic publications and frequently contributes with writings and publications to local and international journals. In recent years Dina has also performed as an Architecture programme director, and lecturer at RISEBA and led various interdisciplinary projects related to the architecture field and education. In 2019 Dina was a co-curator of the international conference “Architecture of Migration” organized by the Latvian Association of Architects as part of the Union of International Architects forum in Riga.
From 2022 Dina is one of the researchers working in the Latvian Science council funded State research program project “Landscapes of Identities: History, Culture, and Environment” (IDEUM) within the Art Academy of Latvia.
EFE DUYAN (TR)
Efe Duyan, born in İstanbul in 1981, teaching theory, history, and design at Mimar Sinan FAU since 2013. He has affiliated with several universities for research or guest lectures, such as Berlin Technical University, Ca' Foscari University, Minnesota University, Istanbul Technical University, Atalanta University, Iowa University, George Washington University, and Boston Massachusetts University.
His fields of research are contemporary design, critical design perspectives, spatial experience, architectural writing and theory, Early Modernism, and the history of Eastern Mediterranean architecture. He has studied architecture and philosophy at METU (BA - 2005), History and Theory of Architecture at YTU (M.S.-2008), and History of Architecture in Mimar Sinan FAU (PhD-2013).
As an advocate of freedom of expression and creative thinking, he has been an active cultural actor curating international events, workshops, and conferences, in addition to his work in academic editorship.
He has also an international career as a poet and author. His poetry has been translated over twenty-five languages and invited to numerous literary events in the world, including Iowa University’s International Writing Program and St. Louis University’s Hurst Professorship program.
HELĒNA GŪTMANE (LV)
Helēna Gutmane is a landscape architect, urbanist, urban activist, and planner. She is a partner and process designer at atelier for landscaping, public and private spaces ALPS and lecturer at RISEBA. She is co-founder of Urban Institute Riga and member of Riga centre development association (RCAB). Helena studied philology at University of Moscow and University of Latvia, obtained qualification landscape architecture at Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, planning of human settlements at Architecture department, University of Leuven. Currently she is a candidate PHD at University of Leuven and University of Latvia, her research interests include socio-affective aspects of spatial transformation practices, urban planning and design on intersection of social psychology, political sociology, anthropology, and human geography. As a principal landscape architect and process designer she has been participated in numerous projects of public space reconstructions and competitions in Latvia and abroad, has led applied research projects concerning publics spaces, worked in competition juries in Latvia, Russia and Ukraine. As urban activist she has been involved in international federation of landscape architects (IFLA) as chair of UIA working group which aim was to unite professionals from spatial design disciplines around idea of empathy through design. Her curatorial experience includes organisation and curating of conferences, innovating educational programmes, seminars in Latvia and abroad, among them the 1st Award of Latvian landscape architecture as president of association of Latvian landscape architects (LAAA).
Helena’ s journalism and publication experience include year’s long work as quest editor for the landscape architecture at Latvijas Architectura, as scientific editor at Ukraine based journal “Landscape & Architecture”, as well as numerous popular and scientific articles in Latvian and foreign journals.
RUDOLFS DAINIS ŠMITS (LV)
Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, MA Architecture programme director
Rudolfs Dainis Šmits, Dipl. Arch., is a dean of the faculty and MA Architecture programme director, lecturer. Dainis is also a globally experienced architect – currently leading his own practice RDSA Studio based in Riga. He studied architecture, art history and painting at the University of Illinois, Chicago and theology at Covenant Theological Seminary. St. Louis in the USA.
Dainis has over 30 years of experience working in multi-cultural environments (e.g. Europe, Middle East and Central Asia). As principal architect and design manager he has been involved and lead various largescale commercial, residential, and civic projects. Design collaboration as associate architect with Gunnar Birkerts FAIA on the National Library of Latvia, Riga (2006-2012) and with Hill International, Senior Design manager for The Grand Egyptian Museum, Cairo (2012-2016); Heneghan-Peng Architects, Dublin; and WestField Hamburg-Uberseequatier, port development project (2017), participating architects (e.g. Christian de Portsamparc, UN Studio, HPP International and others). Internationally, he has focused on project idea delivery, design management and specialist experience incl. design innovation and research, technical detailing and value engineering of complex building envelope systems, specialist facades systems, curtain walls, glazed structures; stainless steel and stone cladding systems.
Academic interest and research include architecture theory – a critical approach to design and reading architecture distinguishing between idea, concept and affect vs. projective architecture. He is investigating architectural space and aspects of memory, meaning, duration, transcendence, presence and parallel investigations in abstract painting – exhibited locally and internationally (e.g. Latvia, Estonia and the USA). His projects have received local recognition and international citations for design excellence (e.g. LAS, AIA). Previous teaching experience – adjunct faculty member at Riga Technical University, Faculty of Architecture, 2nd-year studio design instructor and professional practice lecturer (2000-2003).
SUSANNE BRORSON (DE)
Susanne Brorson graduated from Bauhaus-University in Weimar in 2004 with a Diploma in Architecture, with studies at the University of the Arts in Berlin and Politecnico di Milano, Italy. She has been working with Jarmund Vigsnaes in Oslo, East and Stephen Taylor Architects in London and Gonzalez Haase AAS in Berlin, before setting up her own award-winning practice STUDIO SUSANNE BRORSON on the Baltic Island of Rügen. Susanne is currently finalizing her PhD on ‘Climate-responsive design strategies in Baltic vernacular architecture’ at Berlin Technical University Berlin. She has been assistant professor at Brandenburg Technical University as well as adjunct professor at Potsdam School of Architecture, before being appointed professor at Wismar University of Technology 2019-2021. Susanne is currently guest professor and member of the academic council at RISEBA FAD University in Riga.
ZANE VĒJA (LV)
Zane Vēja, Mg. arch. started her academic career as a lecturer at RISEBA FAD, teaching urban design, architecture history and architectural design-related courses; at the same time, she is the director of RISEBA FAD bachelor’s degree programme. Her undergraduate and postgraduate work focused on urban public space development proposals in historical environments: the Jēkabpils historical centre (BA) and Riga Central Market and Central Railway Station territory (MA). She gained international experience while studying at Istanbul Bahcesehir University in 2014-2015.
9:45 RUDOLFS DAINIS ŠMITS
The Riga Project: Act II
Urban troupe - staging conditions
AGAINST PLACE: John Hejduk's Action Architecture
Traces of John Hejduk: Notes on Urban Thicket
JAMES P. WILLIAMSON
The Suicide Masques: John Hejduk’s monument to Jan Palach
The relationship between imagination and reality in the pedagogy and built work of John Hejduk
WHITE PAPERS SESSION
14:45 ÖNCÜ ÖZALP
Unfolding New Approaches in Modernist Design Thinking through the Post World War II Architectural Competitions in Turkey
15:00 GILDIS TACHIR AND GÜLAY DALGIÇ
The Effects Of Architectural Design Knowledge On Visualization Of Mental Image
15:15 ANDREA CONTURSI
Experimental tiny house settlements in the European context
15:30 İREM HAFIZ
The Allegories of the Primitive Hut
15:45 COFFEE BREAK
16:00 FLAKA DEDA AND VENERA GOXHA
Monitoring and Assessment of Environmental Pollution from TPP Activity "Kosovo A" and "Kosovo B", Municipality of Obiliq, Kosovo - ONLINE
16:15 SUSANNE BRORSON
…towards a new ‘Baltic Vernacular’ - Experiments in research, teaching and practice as epistemic strategy
16:30 DAVID TURTURO
Actionism, Abraham, and X-Ray Drawings
16:45 BAHAR BEŞLIOĞLU
The Discussion of “Wall” in the Works of Gordon Matta-Clark and John Hejduk - ONLINE
17:30 CLOSING REMARKS
10:30 OLD CITY TOUR
12:30 COFFEE BREAK
13:00 NATIONAL LIBRARY TOUR
14:00 CONFERENCE RECEPTION AT THE RIGA PROJECT EXHIBIT IN NATIONAL LIBRARY
15:00 CERTIFICATE DISTRIBUTION
SUBMISSION OF FULL PAPERS FOR POST-CONFERENCE PUBLICATION (Optional)
APRIL 7, 2023
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A conference proceedings book with an ISBN number will published and given to the participants on the conference day. All Extended Abstracts will be in included in the book. If you will not submit an extended abstract, your original abstract will be published.
In collaboration with ADAMarts Journal by RISEBA University (ISSN 2256-0890), selected full papers will be brought together in a special dossier (expected in 2023) after another double-blind peer-review process, which will be carried out by the ADAMarts Editorial Board. Submission of full papers is optional and will not affect your participation at the conference. We would like to remind you that there is no guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted.
Upon receiving your acceptance, you must complete your registration process to confirm your participation.
Registration includes full access to all sessions, coffee breaks, lunch, and closing reception, plus conference materials, certificate, proceedings book.
- The certificate will state that you have attended the event and made your presentation. It will contain a wet-ink signature, mention all authors of the paper and be given to you at the end of the day.
- A registration has to be made for each presentation and it will cover one proceedings book and one certificate. You can purchase extra copies of the book if you prefer.
- A single registration covers the in-person participation of one author. If other authors of your manuscript would like to attend the event in person, an additional Listener registration has to be made.
- You cannot be the first author of three or more papers.
- There are no poster or video-presentation options but if, for unforeseen reasons, you cannot attend the event, you can still join your session online and you will be sent an e-book and e-certificate (not physical copies). If you cannot carry out your presentation, your extended abstract will still be in the book but we will not able to provide a certificate.
- For professional courtesy and to increase the quality and variety of the academic discussions, we kindly ask you to spend the whole day in the venue. Presenters are expected to present their work in the designated sessions and we will not be able to make changes based on non-academic reasons. Please make sure that your travel itinerary and personal schedule fit the conference program.
Participants with Academic Presentation -REGULAR RATE
In-person or online presentations.
Participants with Academic Presentation - REDUCED RATE
(Master-PhD Students & Presenters from Latvian Universities)
For subsequent papers in case of multiple presentations of the same FIRST author.
LISTENERS TO RECEIVE LATVIJAS ARHITEKTU SAVIENĪBAS CERTIFICATE FOR CREDITS
For non-presenter participants and for participating co-authors who will personally attend the conference. You will receive the certificate proving their attendence, conference materials, be able to attend the lunch, reception, and social activities.
STUDENTS & LISTENERS WITHOUT RECEIVING CERTIFICATE
Free of Charge
You can attend and listen to the sessions for free if you prefer to waive the certificate to prove your participation, lunch ticket, and conference materials. You still need to fill in the registration form selecting the corresponding category.
H2O 6 QUARTER
The H2O 6 quarter is located by the Zunda canal, on the border between Āgenskalns and Dzirciems. In a modern and creative environment, in one of the most modern districts of Riga with a future.
RISEBA H2O 6,
Durbes Iela 4,
Faculty of Architecture and Design
Address: 4 Durbes Street, Riga, LV-1007
Phone: + 371 29 349 122