Liene Jākobsone

Organizer and coordinator of the workshop.

Graduated in Painting at Latvian Academy of Art (LV) in 2003, and in Architecture at Riga Technical University (LV) and University of Reggio Calabria (IT) in 2010 and currently studies at Latvian Academy of Art Master course in Product design. Participated in architecture workshops in Finland and Greece. Partner at the architecture and design studio SAMPLING. Founder and organiser of PechaKucha Night in Latvia.


Manten Devriendt

Organizer and coordinator of the workshop.

Graduated in architecture and urban planning at the University of Ghent (BE) in 2004 and obtained a Master’s Degree in Urbanism at the Catholic University of Leuven (BE) in 2005. Participated in architecture workshops in USA, Finland and Greece. Partner at the architecture and design studio SAMPLING. Currently tutor at the architecural design studio in Riga International School of Economics and Business Administration, Faculty of Architecture and Design.


Rianne Makkink

Studio Makkink & Bey was founded by Jurgen Bey and Rianne Makkink in 2002. The studio’s many projects include public space projects, product design, architecture, exhibition design and applied arts. The ambition of Studio Makkink & Bey is to see the role of the designer expanded to the most strategic function possible. To this end, our design team analyzes content in search of the relation between objects and their users through composing narratives to find connections. Connecting existing elements that are found in the context of a project, is like stringing beads. These contextual elements aren’t just re-shuffled within one piece of furniture, but also on the scale of a building, a landscape or a social work environment.


Jan Boelen

Head of the Master Department Social Design at the Design Academy Eindhoven

A Belgian critic and curator of contemporary art and design. He is founder and director of the Art Museum Z33 (Kunstcentrum Z33) in Hasselt, Belgium. He also chairs the Flemish committee for Architecture and Design and is currently curating exhibitions and projects for the upcoming Manifesta 9: Limburg. He studied product design at the Media & Design Academie (KHLim) in Genk, Belgium.


Lonny van Ryswyck

Designer graduated in 2006 at the Design Academy Eindhoven. Started Atelier NL after her graduation with Nadine Sterk. As students Nadine Sterk & Lonny van Ryswyck worked in several workshops in Peru and Brazil with local artisans. These travels inspired them to work with raw and local materials . Since 2006 they travelled around the Netherlands collecting natural clay and producing ceramics in a variety of different colours and textures unique to the deposits. Recently they collected sands in Europa to make their own glass.  Last April Lonny spent two months in Amazone to work and live with local people.


Holgers Elers

Head of Faculty of Design of Art Academy of Latvia

When creating design objects, designer should cooperate with different kind of specialist. He should work with different problems in same time, understand them and find solutions. Designer must work in a team. Rotation of ideas is of great importance, so all kind of different experience is necessary for a designer. Strategic important is cooperation between designers, researchers, technologists and manufacturers. Their participation in study process of design is of great importance.


Barbara Ābele

Assoc. Professor, Design Department, Art Academy of Latvia.

Main teaching interest is together with the students try to react to the changing face of design, to include the social, responsible, emotional and sustainable aspects of design in study process, all collaborations and contexts. Organizer and coordinator of workshops, exhibitions and participations of AAL in design events locally and internationally. Freelance journalist. Member of various professional organizations. Graduated in Textile at Art Academy of Latvia and in Environmental design at Riga School of Art and Design. As textile designer and artist takes part in artistic, industrial and design projects and seminars in Latvia and abroad.


Daphnee Lanternier

Designer, tutor of the Make Design! workshop

A french designer who has been working for Studio Makkink & Bey as a free-lancer since 2009. She has been working on projects that mainly deal with craftsmanship. In 2011, she spent a month investigating European countries, from Norway to Turkey, for the Studios’ project called ‘Worked All Europe’. She visited craftsmen and artists with the aim to build a European community of manufacturers.


Rihards Funts

Designer, tutor of the Make Design! workshop


Zane Homka

Designer, tutor of the Make Design! workshop


Jānis Gailītis

Project manager of the Design department of Art Academy of Latvia.

He gained an understanding of the unique aspects of the experience economy and leisure industry in Denmark at the Ceus School of Business. Jānis has skills to manage tasks in marketing, management and economics in the creative industries. He believes Experiences are the new source for value creation. In his job Jānis tries to support students to turn regular products into experience designs. He likes to inspire young designers to design products for enabling thematic experiences.

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