#28 Where will the architect go next?

Architect goes off to build

Why the talk is inspiring?

In an increasingly fast-paced world, the number of people is growing, cities are expanding and more buildings are needed. What are the core values and guidelines that guide architects in their work today? Does the need to build anew prevail over the ability to use existing buildings? How does architectural practice compare amongst different studios? What are the main challenges in their creative processes? How has the role of the architect changed in the delivery of a project?


Talks will take place at the National Art Gallery (NDG), Konstitucijos pr. 22, Vilnius. The talks will start at 8.00 p.m. and will be held in Lithuanian.



Laura Malcaitė, Gabrielė Šarkauskienė, Sabina Daugėlienė, Lukas Rekevičius

How the speaker is exceptional?


Laura Malcaitė is an architect and a lecturer. She graduated from the Vilnius Academy of Arts in 2004 with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Design and completed her architectural degree in 2010. She joined INBLUM architectural studio in 2009 as a partner. Nowadays, the architecture studio has won numerous local and international awards. Before becoming a partner at INBLUM, Laura founded the design studio Inside Out in 2005. Since 2015, she has been teaching retail design at the Interior Design Department of the Vilnius Academy of Arts and curating workshops. In her designs, she strives for uniqueness of spatial experience, close connection between the idea and its material implementation, and meticulous detail. Laura works with public projects, educational spaces, and private clients.

Gabrielė Šarkauskienė is an architect, a practitioner, who together with Antanas Šarkauskas runs a joint creative activity under the name ” ŠA Atelier”. After her master’s studies, she trained in the Netherlands and Portugal, participated in scientific conferences, international programmes, led children’s educational architecture workshops, and contributed to the preparation of the National Pavilion of Lithuania at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2018). Gabriele’s architecture combines theoretical ideas, practical craft, and attention to detail.

Sabina Grincevičiūtė (Sabina Daugėlienė) is one of the founders and partners of the architecture studio DO ARCHITECTS. She is also one of the initiators and pioneers of the Architecture [conversations] fund, an active and visible Lithuanian architect of the young generation. Sabina is a long-time volunteer of various non-governmental organizations, LNTPA lecturer, and together with the team she develops the strategic, creative and business development of the DO ARCHITECTS studio. Public spaces, conversions, work with communities, design processes, teamwork, cooperation between the public, private and non-governmental sectors – related topics. Some of the projects implemented with the DO ARCHITECTS team – the transformation of the city of Ogmia from a military zone to a public and commercial space, the Senators Passage, Conversion of the concrete factory and the territory of Svencelė on the shore of the Curonian Lagoon.


Lukas Rekevičius is an architect, founder, and partner of AKETURI architecture studio. He is an active contributor to public talks, workshops, and lectures. He has been the President of the Lithuanian Chamber of Architects (LAR) since 2020. Lukas is interested in the quality of architecture, maintaining sustainable and viable design principles, and focuses on the development of contemporary architecture in strictly protected areas, all of which are reflected in his projects and those of the AKETURI Studio.


Pseudo. Emile"io Ajaro gyvenimas ir mirtis

Romain Gary, Emile Ajar

Why the book is worth reading?

(Book recommended by Laura Malcaitė)

For this is a masterly work of literature by a brilliant writer, an intellectual delight. The book is a manipulation of his own consciousness and that of the reader. The Alter Ego, created by Romain Gary, manifests itself in various guises with a great deal of (self-)irony and humour, but at the same time in a manner that is characteristic of the writer’s sensitivity.


Atmospheres: Architectural Envinronments. Surrounding Objects

Peter Zumthor

Why the book is worth reading?

(Book recommended by Gabrielė Šarkauskienė)

This is a book of a single lecture that introduces atmosphere as an aesthetic concept and reveals the theoretical reflections of the individual architect’s practice. To me, this book symbolises an architectural sensibility that is perhaps somewhat lost in rational team projects and inspires me to continue my work.


Nematomi Miestai

Italo Calvino

Why the book is worth reading?

(Book recommended by Andrė Baldišiūtė)

After many books on the recipes for living and designing cities, I read Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities slowly and several times. The philosophical dialogues between Marco Polo, a wise 13th century Venetian traveller, and Kublai Khan, the Mongol Chinese emperor, highlight that cities are our own personal mirrors. They are our own imagination, and they are who I am.


The End Is Always Near

Dan Carlin

Why the book is worth reading?

(Book recommended by Lukas Rekevičius)

The book makes it very clear that the system of civilisation that we have created is very fragile, that the power of small things is very strong, and that humanity has the power to rebuild itself over and over again.