Art Academy of Latvia


The Art Academy of Latvia was founded in 1919, at the same time when the Republic of Latvia was formed, and has been the leading art university in Latvia for more than 100 years.


Within LINA, it is represented by the Institute of Contemporary Art, Design and Architecture of Art Academy of Latvia (LMDA), which was founded in 2021 to ensure the achievement of the strategic goals and performance results of the Academy as a scientific institution in research in the field of humanities and arts.


The main activity of the institute is related to the development of applied and fundamental research in the fields of contemporary art, design and architecture in Latvia and the broader international context. LMDA plays a vital role in ensuring the exchange of knowledge and ideas on a local and global scale, creating a network of collaboration, actively participating in the study process, educating and involving the academy’s students in scientific and other activities of the institute.


The principal place of work of the scientific research group of the Institute is the Art Academy of Latvia. In cooperation with other institutions and organisations in Europe, the basis is being laid for the further development of research infrastructure for contemporary art, design and architecture and the promotion of competitiveness on a broader scale.