• Discussion

Design Diplomacy 2018 – Latvia

  • Architecture
Sep 13, Thu 17:00-19:00
Latvian Embassy Residence, Armfeltintie 10, Helsinki
Event type
Registered Only
Accessibility for all

The Republic of Latvia bought the building called the Palace of Eira in the 1930s but lost it when the Soviets occupied Latvia during the Second World War. After the re-establishment of Latvia’s independence, official relations between Latvia and Finland were re-established in 1991. Four years later, the building was officially handed back to Latvia to serve once again as the Embassy of the Republic of Latvia.

The focus of the Design Diplomacy discussion will be on architecture at the Latvian residence. The speakers of the event are architects Zaiga Gaile and Emmi Keskisarja.

Zaiga Gaile is an expert in the renovation and conversion of historic architecture, the author of numerous books and articles, and the owner of her own architectural firm since 1992. Her projects are designed and developed through the thorough research of historical material and the environmental context of the object.

Emmi Keskisarja is founder and partner at &’ [Emmi Keskisarja & Janne Teräsvirta & Company Architects].  &’ was founded in 2016, basing on the idea that better environments can be achieved by improving the creative design process. The right angle to each individual process could be found by developing more open and effective, organic collaborative methods, that vigorously emphasise inventive research, as well as pragmatic design work. The main mission of our partnership is to create a world more inspiring, more sustainable and more equal – in short: more beautiful.

The event is full.

The event is part of the Helsinki Design Week Design Diplomacy discussion series, which open the doors to Helsinki-based ambassadors’ residences. See the participating embassies and their schedules here.


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