Technology support in exploring and identifying valuable elements of Kuldīga and Sēlpils Castles


  • Artūrs Lapiņš Restoration Architect ‘Arhitektoniskās izpētes grupa’, SIA Board Chairman, Latvia



standing archaeology probing, brick construction technology, artefacts, georeferenced data, airborne laser scanning


An upstanding archaeology study is an analytical study that involves a visual inspection of the site, with measurements and probing for various features. The information is compared to the visual and historical documentation relating to the site. Compiling the data obtained from historical sources, morphological materials, and stratigraphic probing, an integrated analysis of the tectonic and formal aspects of the site can be conducted. The research carried out at the site makes it possible to fill in gaps in archival materials and to provide additional details of lost historical architecture, its location, and the processes of building and rebuilding.
An architectural artistic study is conducted to determine the features of cultural, historical, and artistic value in the historic buildings. This is followed by a reasoned decision on the future development, status, and conservation options for the site.

Author Biography

Artūrs Lapiņš, Restoration Architect ‘Arhitektoniskās izpētes grupa’, SIA Board Chairman, Latvia

Artūrs Lapiņš as a conservation architect has worked in “Arhitektoniskas izpetes grupa” (Architectural investigation group) Ltd since 1994, originally as a building archaeologist, but since 1997 as a restoration architect. Member of the Latvian Association of Architects (LAS) and Latvian Chamber of Crafts (LCC), Built heritage restorers Guild. The creative works include researches in building archaeology, elaborated and realized projects for conservation, restoration and remodelling of historic buildings and sites of various scopes all over the territory of Latvia. The spectrum of the works includes remodelling of multi storey early 20th century rent houses, historic public buildings and spaces such as churches, museums, castles and castle ruins. Besides the practical work, the knowledge has been supplemented in international conservation courses in the United States of America, Hungary and Great Britain. Arturs has also reported on and published at international conferences, dedicated to the problematic of historic buildings in Latvia and abroad (Lithuania, Germany, India, Cyprus etc.). In 2022 the PhD Art diploma at Art Academy of Latvia (LMA) have been aquired. Arturs considers historic heritage as a inexhaustible source of inspiration and enjoys it as the sample of good architecture and craftsmanship.


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How to Cite

Lapiņš, A. (2022). Technology support in exploring and identifying valuable elements of Kuldīga and Sēlpils Castles. Landscape Architecture and Art, 21(21), 90–95.