NBAA/Nordplus summer course 2022 Vilnius, Lithuania:  THINK GREEN, LIVE GREEN, DESIGN GREEN

Creative workshop for the Nordic Baltic Academy of Architecture network students

Apply here
Application deadline: June 5, 2022

Workshop leaders: 

-Marius Pranas Šaliamoras, architect, Dean of Vilnius Faculty, Vilnius Academy of Arts (VAA)
– Aušra Siaurusaitytė Nekrošienė, architect, head of the Architecture department at VAA
– dr Marius Daraškevičius, architect, director of Panemunė Castle, part-time lecturer at the department of History and Theory (VAA)
-other external speakers.

July 27 – August 3, 2022
(arrival Wednesday, departure the following Wednesday)
Where: Vilnius, Vilnius Academy of Arts
Level: BA & MA
Seats: 17

Panemune Castle


Once accepted, students will be able to apply for NBAA travel grant (330 euros per person from outside Lithuania, Icelandic participants 660 EUR), students are encouraged to book the most economical and ecological means of transport. Grant application form here.

Accommodation: students will be accommodated for free at the VAA dormitory, situated in the very heart of the Vilnius old town (Latako St. 2, Vilnius).

Meals: Lunches daily on 28 July – 2 August, two dinners and a barbecue will be arranged for free by the VAA. Students are expected to take care of breakfast and other meals by themselves.

Please note that the Nordplus funding can only be allocated to the mobile students (those, whose home country is other than Lithuania). Students from Lithuania would not be provided with accommodation, even though they would be invited to participate in all other activities (lunches, dinners, trips) for free.

Summer course description

 This is the first NBAA/ Nordplus summer course, which will be hosted by the Vilnius Academy of Arts, in Vilnius (Lithuania).

Over the course of 7 days students will be working on the concept of green architecture, specifically researching the below:

  1. How to meet the need of the urban population to have a garden in the city;
  2. Integration of nature in the urban environment;
  3. Reconciliation of private and public interest in green architecture objects.


Keywords: sustainability, green growth, community co-work, local contexts, local

governance, lessons from 20th century history, challenges of 21st century.

The creative workshop will examine the formation of a new urban environment, the transformation and adaptation of existing buildings and spaces to create green architecture. The possibility of transforming the existing street of massive gardens (with narrow, mono-functional, deficiencies of public spaces, etc.) into a full-fledged urban structure of green architecture, friendly nature and man is examined.

The phenomenon of collective gardens is mainly associated with the Soviet period and the situation of economic deprivation at that time.

The question is: Can new (not necessarily) collective gardens emerge: a place for the city residents to spend their free time, a space to replace the park, an informal horticultural farm and similar objects and spaces?

One of the major challenges of the contemporary world is to reduce carbon footprint, how to create solutions which are sustainable and green in a long run and how to create urban environments that are addressing these problems collectively in local contexts. How to examine, research and look at these matters is in every architecture- and design schools’ curricula today. Most of the member schools of NBAA schools offer studio-based education, which means comprehensive studio practice is the key element of mostly 5- year architecture and urban studies programmes. The studio work focuses on project work, integrating academic knowledge and applied skills. A low faculty to student ratio is a cornerstone of individual development and collaboration. Basing on this information, it is clear that bringing students together from different NBAA schools means that their approach to contemporary architecture education is similar and they all have a solid foundation for completing the workshop.



CALL for project applications to Nordplus Higher Education Programme through NBAA network

CALL for project applications to Nordplus Higher Education Programme through NBAA  network
DEADLINE: January 25, 2021, to be sent to
(Nordplus deadline is Feb 1, 2021).

We kindly ask your project descriptions along with the budget file in order to insert it in the application system of Nordplus. Please use Nordplus Handbook (pages 26 – 34) or turn to NBAA at home to find out more.

The type of projects that we are waiting for are:
1. INTENSIVE COURSES (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 
2. JOINT STUDY PROGRAMMES (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 
3. DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS (please use the forms below)
Download application form 
Download budget form 

MORE IN DETAIL (copied from NP handbook):

Intensive courses
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for intensive courses lasting between one week (five working days) and one month. Courses may take place during term time or in the summer by way of short courses, symposiums, master classes or workshops. Intensive courses must include students and academic staff from at least three different countries. The courses must yield ECTS points and must be recognised as part of the students’ degree. The number of ECTS points should be stated in the application.
PhD students may act as teachers on intensive courses. They are not eligible for a grant if they are students in the programme. The same intensive course can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. It is recommended that the hosting institution is rotated.

Examples of past intensive courses in sister CIRRUS network:
Urban Gaming
Nature Design and Innovation. Imprint
Traditions and Innovation

Joint study programmes
Nordplus Higher Education awards grants for development of joint study
Nordplus joint study programmes are defined as follows:
– Programmes are full-degree study programmes established according
to national legislation.
– Programmes lead to a degree recognised by national authorities.
– Degree certificates with a Diploma Supplement are issued according to
national legislation.
– Mobility is integrated into the programme setup.
– Programmes are developed jointly, and all courses and study units
should be approved by all participating parties.
– The collaborative venture is governed by a signed agreement defining
its aims as well as the roles of the participating parties.
The same joint study programme can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted. Joint study programmes are complex processes. HEIs can combine Nordplus and Nordic Master grants in various ways. More information on Nordic Master is available on The website consists
also of many useful handbooks and guides on joint programmes.

Development projects
Nordplus Higher Education offers grants for innovative development projects within the field of Higher Education.
Apart from joint curriculum planning and joint
modules, projects may focus on issues such as:
– Collaboration with the labour market
– Quality assurance
– The dissemination and use of results achieved by networks and projects
– The development of collaborations with other institutions in the public
or private sectors as well as non-governmental organisations (NGOs)
within Higher Education
– The development of new teaching methods.
The same project can be granted Nordplus funding for three consecutive years but annual applications must be submitted.

NBAA/Nordplus Intensive course

Norpdplus intensive course workshop series I:
Mass-custom Housing

A 5-day workshop for developing mass-customised house types. Mass customised houses are modular, made in factories, and highly efficient to produce, yet can be customised by it’s inhabitants and localised to the context of the site.

The workshop is organised by the Faculty of Architecture at the Estonian Academy of Arts in collaboration with Harmet Modular Houses, Welement and Creatomus Solutions.

The workshop is aimed both for students (from BA II onwards) and tutors in architecture, design and engineering. Students will be awarded 2 ECTS credits at the successful completion of the workshop.

The workshop is led by Renee Puusepp (PhD) and supported by prefab specialists, engineers and product architects.

More information and application form here.
Application deadline: January 31, 2020