Design and Architecture
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DAP_r (Design and Architecture Practice Research) is an inter-institutional research project examining doctoral training in design and architecture.

A collaboration of 14 Australian universities led by RMIT, the Commonwealth-funded project brings together partners from across design disciplines with the aim of mobilising the adoption of a practice-based approach to doctoral training.

DAP_r explores a model that fills an internationally identified gap in postgraduate training. This doctoral model involves the production of new works during the period of the PhD, and the placement of the work of the practice in a broader disciplinary context. The work examines, and is also transformative of, the practice within which it is situated.

This model is specifically aligned with the core teaching and learning components of design and architecture programs in Australia. Further, it provides a radically new way of connecting the academy with practitioners in small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), identified as the site of new knowledge discovery.

DAP_r enables partner universities to explore the applicability of a practice-based PhD to their institutional contexts; establish an open supervisory network and allied support resources; and capitalise on nascent pedagogical scholarship. Partners are coming together at RMIT’s twice annual Melbourne Practice Research Symposium, as well as at DAP_r events taking place around the country, to work towards key project outputs.



The Interdisciplinary Impact of CreativePractice Research SYMPOSIUM

This event is supported by Design and Architecture Practice Research (DAP_r) via funding from the Department of Education & Training. The DAP_r grant is a multi-university national project involving 14 partner institutions led by RMIT University. The symposium and adjacent exhibition has been organised by Monash Art Design & Architecture (MADA), Monash University in conjunction with Deakin University, University of South Australia, University of Tasmania and Charles Sturt University.

The symposium will be introduced by Professor Shane Murray, Dean, and moderated by incoming Head of Architecture Professor Naomi Stead (MADA).



This symposium will discuss and explore creative practitioners’ evolving roles and skills and the impact of practice research on commercial, institutional, and broader cultural sectors. Together, a range of practitioners and researchers will explore the kinds of interdisciplinary capabilities generated from practice-based research and how it helps to shape the world.