Professional Experience


2017 – 2020

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Art Academy of Latvia, project research: Identification system of Design socio-economic impact towards transformation of knowledge intensive economy in Latvia, nr. Cabinet of Ministers regulation Nr.50 “Operational program "Growth and employment”" 1.1.1. the specific support objective "To increase the research and innovation capacity of Latvian scientific institutions and the ability to attract external financing by investing in human resources and infrastructure" in the framework of the post-doctoral research support.


Since 2016

Associate professor at the Art Academy of Latvia,

Lecture courses: Design context; Design and State, Design Research Methods, Design for Society and Sustainability; Project management; supervision of Bachelor, Master and Doctoral thesis and projects.


2012 – 2016

Assistant Professor of the Latvian Academy of Art Design department, lecture courses: Design Management, Research Methods, Art Management; Insight Into The Creative Industries (Student creative business laboratory) and Project Management; supervision of Bachelor, Master and Doctoral thesis and projects.


Since 2016

Visiting Lecturer at Howest Industrial Design Center, Professional Bachelor Intensive Program

Sports & Well-being, Kortrijk, Belgium.



Visiting professor "Design thinking as Universal Design approach for product/service development”, Belarus State Art Academy, Minsk, Belarus.

Since 2015

Visiting Lecturer at Latvian Academy of Culture, Program of Creative Industries Mangement

Lecture Design Industry.


Visiting Lecturer at The BA School of Business and Finance, Program of Creative Industries

Lecture Design Industry Management.


2014 – 2015

Visiting Lecturer at Konstfack School of Arts and Design, Stockholm, Sweden

Xskool International Summer School, lead by Doors of Perception and John Thackara.


2008 – 2012

Lecturer at the Art Academy of Latvia

Lectur courses: Design Management, Design Concepts, Research Methods, Art Management; Insight Into Creative Industries and Project Management, supervision of Bachelor and Master thesis and projects.


2009 - 2011

Program and project manager, project and program developer and lecturer of the Latvian Academy of Art's Professional Development Education Program Professional Education Educator Pedagogical Basic Program in Design; ESF project no. 2009/0208 / 1DP / / 09 / IPIA / VIAA / 005.


2007 – 2010

Head of the Technology Transfer Contact Point in Design Department of the Latvian Academy of Art; project no. TPK / / 08/01/002.


2007 – 2008

A pilot project funded by the Latvian Investment and Development Agency Design Audit and Design Consultancy for 15 Small and Medium Enterprises in Latvia, a representative of the working group from Ltd. H2E.


2004 – 2007

Senior official of the Department of Cultural Policy of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.


2004 – 2005

Working Group on the Development of the Culture Policy Guidelines for 2006-2015, Development of section: Culture and New Economy.


2002 – 2003

Senior official at the Foreign Relations Division of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Latvia.



Other Professional Experience



Member of Scientific Board, DRS Learn x Design 2019 Fifth International Conference for Design Education Researchers, Ankara, Turkey.


Leading designer of Service design and Design thinking workshops at State Chancellery, Republic of Latvia, for heads of institution to develop public services, program, Development of Human Resources in Public service, Riga, Latvia.

2017 – 2018

Member of Scientific Board E&PDE 2018, 20th International Conference on Engineering &Product Design Education, London, UK.

2017 – 2018

Expert in Design Trend research and Practical Design in Latvia, Valmiera and January 19, 2018 in Estonia, Waimel's Wood Encounter with Design and Innovations, the Estonian-Latvian Territorial Cooperation Program 2014-2020 for the project Innovations in Woodworking and Furniture Industry Products and export in Võrumaa and Vidzeme planning region (Wood and furniture), project Nr. Est-Lat35.


2017 – 2018

Co-chair of the panel and stream Not just from the center - multiple voices in design, Design Research Association "DRS2018. Catalyst, Limerick, Ireland.


2016 – 2017

Universal design consultant and design management for Liepaja Port Warehouse Restoration Project, Ethnographic Open-Air Museum of Latvia

since 2016

The curator and manager of the exhibition AccessAbility in Latvia, initiated by the Swedish Institute, including the adaptation of the concept in Latvia and the development of the Latvian profile.

Organization of the exhibition in cooperation with the Swedish Institute, the Swedish Embassy in Latvia during the Swedish Days in Liepaja, Daugavpils and Valmiera, Riga (LNB and Saeima), Limbazi, Jurmala.

The exhibition also includes the organization of seminars and workshops in the context of universal design for an inclusive society, the development of products and services, and graphic, communication design.

Partners: Society of Disabled People and their friends "Apeirons", “Es redzu" Society, Liepaja Society of the Blind, Social Services of Beverina and Kocēni Region, Rothko Art Center in Daugavpils, Liepaja Latvian Society House, Valmiera Secondary School of Art.



The Swedish Institute's exhibition Design for Dignity manager in Latvia, in cooperation with the Swedish Institute, the Swedish Embassy in Latvia, during the Swedish Days in Liepaja.



Scientific Board for the International Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Aalborg University, Denmark, 08. – 09.09.06.



Assessment expert for European Commission projects in Horizon 2020.



International evaluation expert of Lithuanian design higher education programs at Vilnius and Kaunas universities.



Member of the International Scientific Council for the Scientific Conference on Engineering and Product Design Education, Loughborough Univiresity, UK, 03. – 04.09.2015.



Reviewer for a special edition of the Journal of Cleaner Production.



European Commission Collaborative Project Evaluation Expert in the Creative Europe Program.



Design thinking ambassador for radi! 2014 Latvia week.

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