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Indrek Rünkla starts work as the Adviser for Architecture and Design at the Ministry of Culture
Indrek Rünkla. Foto: erakogu
As of June 2017, Indrek Rünkla assumed the position of Adviser for Architecture and Design at the Ministry of Culture. His first important tasks will be related to the expert group on spatial design that will soon be established.
Indrek Rünkla is an architect by profession, whose outstanding projects include the Ferrum Department Store in Kuressaare, the Pühajärve Water Centre, and the City Plaza in the centre of Tallinn. He has participated in the planning of many areas that impact urban space, such as the Freedom Square and the Rotermann Quarter.
According to Rünkla himself, his most important tasks will be related to the expert group on spatial design that will soon be established with the goal of ensuring that the state’s spatial policies become generally more knowledgeable and carefully considered. “The issue of space is intertwined with many other social choices. Mapping and defining these connections can help us to see space as a part of our public self-image,” said Rünkla.
Indrek Rünkla graduated from the Estonian Academy of Arts with a degree in architecture and has also acquired a PhD in art history. He has worked for years at the office of Alver Architects, as well as given lectures and supervised courses and final theses at the Estonian Academy of Arts. At the Ministry of Culture, he will start working as a substitute in the position of Adviser for Architecture and Design.
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