Design and Architecture
Practice Research (info)

27–28 July




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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.



Practice in Research <> Research in Practice. A Two-Day Symposium
on Creative Practice Research

This event will discuss and explore the nature of creative practice research, with particular focus upon the practitioner operating in the context of academic institutions and in professional settings. National and international speakers from university and practice backgrounds will convene to present their work and to explain the frameworks that allow for critical reflection of one’s practice.


Day 1

Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University
Thursday 27 July 2017

Panel presentations begin at 2pm
Keynote lecture at 6:00pm (drinks) for a 6:30pm start – Bob Sheil

Day 2

m3architecture, 11 Saint James Street, Petrie Terrace, Brisbane
Friday 28 July 2017

Panel presentations begin at 1pm
Keynote lecture at 5:30pm (drinks) for a 6:00pm start – Bob Sheil & Carey Lyon



The "Practice in a Box" exhibition will form a visual backbone to this two-day event. A collection of archival A4 boxes first exhibited in six European cities before coming to Australia in 2017 that display the work of architecture and design PhD candidates will be augmented by contributions from 17 local practices.


Attendees may register for one or both days, only for the keynote lectures, or any combination thereof. Please register in advance through Eventbrite

Please note due to space limitations on Friday 28/7, registrations will be capped at 60 persons.


This event is supported by the "Design and Architecture Practice Research (DAP_r)" grant from the Australian Office of Learning and Teaching, led by RMIT in association with 14 schools of architecture and design nationally. "Practice in Research <> Research in Practice" has been organized by Bond University, QUT, and the University of Adelaide in collaboration with m3architecture.


Chris Knapp, Event Convenor and Assistant Professor, Bond University cknapp@bond.edu.au