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Design. Experience. Challenges 2020

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Conference topics:

Speculative (Critical) Design and  Social Design.

1. Environment and systems

2.Technologies in a new economic and service models
Role and capabilities of designer / architect / researcher in these systems.

Opportunities offered by technologies (virtual, augmented and mixed reality, cloud    technologies, artificial intelligence, etc.), as well as in research (data mining, processing,  analysis).

3.  The individual and power
Inclusion and diversity. The role of individuals and social groups (communities) in solving cultural, environmental and social issues, in the development and implementation of future scenarios.

The aim of the conference was to examine connections between  disciplinary and interdisciplinary concepts in a social context, to promote networking and knowledge sharing.


Conference Organizers: Latvian Designers Society, University of Latvia

Partners: nebetja, University of Latvia, Faculty of Education, Psychology and Art


Chairperson of the organizing committee: Andra Irbite

Organizing committee:

Janis Kinasts

Laimdota Locmele

Laura Fomina

Sindija Iesalniece


Scientific Committee

Dr.phys., prof. Andris Kangro, University of Latvia

Dr.ekon., prof. Biruta Sloka, University of Latvia

Dr.paed., prof. Ilze Ivanova, University of Latvia, senior researcher Daina Lace, Art Academy of Latvia Edgars Kirilovs, Riga Technical University

Dr.paed., Aina Strode, Rezekne Academy of Technologies, Lyubomir Lazov, Rezekne Academy of Technologies


We will be happy to meet you at the next conference Design.Experience.Challenges!


On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the Conference

Andra Irbite




Design has changed over centuries to become multi-disciplinary through the merging of individual design fields, as well as through the division of basic disciplines into several branches that are connected to new theories, technologies and societal needs. Today design can be viewed as a part of or unifying element between various branches of economy.

By accepting coexistence of different design concepts, the aim of the conference is to provide a platform for researchers from various industries and professionals to share experience and knowledge not only in the traditional design disciplines, but also including a broad range of social, economic, political, historical, educational, philosophical, scientific and technological issues related to the design and its impact on the professional and educational environment.

The official languages of the Conference are Latvian and English.

The conference propose a wide range of scientific areas that are associated with the design.

Conference topics:

Design and Technologies

Engineering Design

Architecture and Design

The Future City. Urban Systems

Technologies and Sustainable Design

Design Theories, Strategies and Methods

Design Thinking

Design Management

Design Education

Future Design professions




The Latvian Designers  Society is a professional creative organisation, which unites specialists of various design spheres in order to promote professional growth and enhancement of creative capabilities on the basis of common interests, in order to support increased prestige of the profession and exchange of valuable experience, as well as in order to exhibit, store and ensure publicity of works made by its members and to foster development of the Latvian spiritual and material culture.More information on

The University of Latvia in 2020 is one of the leading research universities in the Baltic region and is acknowledged among the European universities.


The University of Latvia promotes the development of Latvian society and state, guarantees the students an opportunity to acquire excellent higher education and professional skills, as well as pursue personal development through scientific and creative work.


People, excellence, academic freedom, academic culture, accountability to society and state, openness and respect for diversity.

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Our supporters

State Culture Capital Foundation

Latvian Academy of Sciences




Previous conferences

Design.Experience.Challenges 2018

Conference and  seminar "Design Grammar Lessons"

October 18, 2018, Latvian Academy of Sciences

Presentations (lv) of participants of the 3rd part of the Conference are available here

Ojars Sparitis, President of of the Latvian Academy of Sciences
Karlis Agis Gross “Designing the taste in cold desserts”

Maija Rozenfelde and Rudolfs Strelis I “The importance of cooperation. Studies at the  Pratt Institute”

Maija Rozenfelde and Rudolfs Strelis IIThe importance of cooperation. Studies at the  Pratt Institute”

Sarmite Polakova I “School as an antenna. 10 good behavior notes. DAE.”

Sarmite Polakova IISchool as an antenna. 10 good behavior notes. DAE.”

Nora Gavare "Uncomfortable is good". Design education in Hong Kong.

Germans ErmicsShaping Colour”

Arturs AnaltsMatter to Matter”


Design.Experience.Challenges 2016

Conference and Workshop

"Photography as a method of social research and design"

December 19, Rezekne Academy of Technologies

Seminar/workshops “Design experiences and views"

September 30, 2016, International Exhibition Centre, Riga

Seminar "Mathematics for Design Students"

October10, 2015, International Exhibition Centre, Riga

Design.Experience.Challenges 13&14

Follow this link to view DEC2013 and DEC2014 selected articles