The DAP_r Project drew together 40 individual academic partners from 14 geographically dispersed Australian universities currently undertaking or exploring creative practice research in architecture and design disciplines. The partnership was led by RMIT University, with other partners including:

Bond University
Charles Sturt University
Deakin University
Monash University
Queensland University of Technology
University of Adelaide
University of Canberra
University of Newcastle
University of New South Wales
University of South Australia
University of Tasmania
University of Technology Sydney
University of Western Australia

Individual academic partners


Suzie Attiwill

RMIT School of Architecture and Design

Dr Suzie Attiwill is an Associate Professor in Interior Design and Deputy Dean of Learning and Teaching, RMIT School of Architecture and Design, providing strategic and scholarly leadership for all learning and teaching activities in the school. Suzie contributes to the Interior Design discipline through creative practice research which re-poses conditions of interior and interiority in relation to contemporary conditions of living, inhabitation, subjectivity, pedagogy and creative practice. She was awarded a PhD from RMIT in 2013 for research titled ‘?interior, practices of interiorizations, interior designs’.


Nigel Bertram

Monash Art Design & Architecture

Professor Nigel Bertram is a Director of NMBW Architecture Studio and Practice Professor of Architecture at Monash University. Nigel established NMBW Architecture Studio in Melbourne with Marika Neustupny and Lucinda McLean in 1997. Their work, known for its careful reading of existing conditions, has been widely published and awarded. In 2010 Nigel completed his PhD through architectural project at RMIT University, where he taught for 11 years and was co-director of the Urban Architecture Laboratory research unit. Nigel's current research is focused around new strategic development and contemporary living environments for Australia's transforming cities.

Urs Bette

University of Adelaide School of Architecture & Built Environment

Dr Urs Bette is a Senior Lecturer at the University of Adelaide and Director of Urs Bette : Design. He holds a Masters degree in Architecture from the University of Applied Arts, Vienna, and a PhD from RMIT. His design works have been shown at the Architectural Biennale Venice, the AEDES Architecture Gallery Berlin and the FRAC Centre Orléans. His research investigates the role of ‘the unreasonable’ in the design process, revealing strategies that facilitate the poetics of architecture. He leads practice-based research at the School of Architecture and Built Environment.

Matthew Bird

Monash Art Design & Architecture

Since 2008, architect Dr Matthew Bird has developed an interdisciplinary spatial practice in the mediums of sculpture, installation, scenography, photography, interior design, architecture and site-specific interventions. Matthew has exhibited commissioned works at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Festival, MONA and the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale. Between 2009-12, Matthew completed a practice-based PhD by invitation at RMIT University. His practice is recognised with numerous honours. Bird’s interdisciplinary atelier Studiobird is an armature for his academic tenure at Monash where he introduces students to speculative design practices, engaged with industry-led partnerships and realised in a strong research portfolio.

Richard Blythe

RMIT School of Architecture and Design

Former Dean of the RMIT School of Architecture and Design from 2006-2017, Professor Richard Blythe is now Dean of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture and Urban Studies. As well as instigating the DAP_r research project, Richard was the primary author for the 2013 European ADAPT-r Project. From 2010 he led the establishment of the RMIT practice-based research PhD program in Europe and Asia. Richard was a founding director of the architecture practice Terroir and Company Director until 2012.

Thea Brejzek

University of Technology Sydney School of Design

Professor Thea Brejzek is an expert in scenography, both in and beyond the context of theatre and performance design. Thea joined UTS in 2013 as Professor for Spatial Theory and holds the position of Course Director of the Interior and Spatial Design Program. Thea’s research is concerned with constructions of performativity in spaces of social, cultural and political engagement. This includes urban and public space, exhibition, and media space. Her arrival in Sydney came after five years as Professor at the Zurich University for Art and Design. She holds a PhD from the University of Vienna.

Lindy Osborne Burton

Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Creative Industries

Lindy Osborne Burton originally specialised in the design of learning environments as a registered architect at Cox Rayner Architects in Brisbane. Following this highly awarded practice, Lindy chose to pursue a full-time academic career. Now the Master of Architecture Course Coordinator at QUT, Lindy’s research interests centre around Transformative Architectural Education and the Design of Learning Environments. Lindy's teaching has been recognised at QUT with a Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award and nationally through an OLT Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning.


Adrian Carter

Bond University Abedian School of Architecture

Head of Bond University’s Abedian School of Architecture, Professor Adrian Carter has a background of Nordic and international architectural and urban design experience. His research focuses on Jørn Utzon, Nordic Architecture, and Tectonic and Phenomenological understandings of architecture. Adrian established the Utzon Research Center at Aalborg University in 2003; has taught at Denmark’s Aarhus School of Architecture, the University of Sydney, Portsmouth University and University of Tasmania; and has a broad international portfolio of work.


Oya Demirbilek

University of NSW Faculty of the Built Environment

Oya Demirbilek is the Associate Dean of Education in the Faculty of the Built Environment, and Associate Professor in the Industrial Design Program at UNSW. Prior to joining UNSW in 2000, Oya held roles at the Middle East Technical University (METU), Turkey, and the Art Center College of Design (Europe), La Tour-de-Peilz, Switzerland. Oya’s areas of research interest include emotional design – the emotional relationships between products, environments and people – and designing for an ageing population.


Pia Ednie-Brown

RMIT School of Architecture and Design

Dr Pia Ednie-Brown is an Associate Professor and Director of the Australian Practice Research Symposium in the School of Architecture and Design. She coordinates Creative Practice Research Strategies for candidates across the College of Design and Social Context. Her research focuses on design innovation and contemporary design process and composition theory, as specifically related to emergence theory, aesthetics, psychology and affect, and biological and computational techniques.


Diego Fullaondo

Deakin University School of Architecture and Built Environment

Senior Lecturer in Architecture Design at Deakin University, Dr Diego Fullaondo has 25 years of experience combining practice with academic positions. In 1992 Diego created Estudio Fullaondo, an Architectural Office dedicated to professional work and design research. In 2004, this grew and generated IN-FACT Architecture S.L.P., in which architects combine professional, educational and research activities. In 2002 Diego created an open group called FHE, composed of people from diverse fields who collaborate with a non-specific aim, to learn from each other and avoid narrow individual points of view.


Beth George

University of Western Australia School of Design

Dr Beth George is a teacher, practitioner and researcher in architectural design, drawing and urbanism. Her PhD 'Scouring the Thin City' was completed through RMIT in 2009. She is author of book chapters on urban speculation. Beth has been teaching for more than ten years in architectural design, with a focus on urban and regional architecture, and in drawing, with a focus on mixed media and on drawing as an act of design. Beth established Post- Architecture and Spacemarket – two practices engaged with architecture and urban augmentation – which she directed between 2010 and 2014. She is now in sole practice.

Ian Gibson

Deakin University School of Engineering

Ian Gibson is Professor of Industrial Design at Deakin University, specialising in design technology, additive manufacturing (more commonly known as 3D Printing), and product development. Prior to joining Deakin in 2014 he held roles at the National University of Singapore, the University of Hong Kong, the University of Nottingham and Hull University.


Jillian Hamilton

Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Creative Industries

Professor Jillian Hamilton is Associate Director: Academic Development at QUT, leading strategic approaches to professional academic development. She is Course Coordinator: Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice. Her teaching, contributions to student learning, and postgraduate supervision have been widely awarded. Jillian’s most recent research focuses on HDR supervision. She led an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Strategic Priority Commissioned Good Practice Report: Postgraduate Research and Coursework Degrees in 2015, and in 2013 led an OLT Teaching Leadership for Excellence Grant: Building Distributed Leadership for Effective Supervision of Creative Practice Higher Research Degrees.

Brad Haylock

RMIT School of Media and Communications

Associate Professor Brad Haylock is a designer, publisher, and Program Manager of the Master of Communication Design at RMIT. Brad is also the founding editor of Surpllus, an independent publishing house that focuses on the dissemination of critical and speculative practices across art, design and architecture. He has recently designed and published such titles as Impresario: Paul Taylor, The Melbourne Years, 1981–1984, and Making Worlds: Art and Science Fiction. He holds a Bachelor of Visual Communication (Honours) from Monash University and a PhD from RMIT University.

Rachel Hurst

University of South Australia School of Art, Architecture & Design

Dr Rachel Hurst lectures in architecture and is Design Studio co-ordinator for the Architecture discipline at the University of South Australia. She has a background in architectural practice, and for ten years was a partner in a firm specialising in small scale and residential projects. Her research and teaching interests include collaborative design pedagogy, alliances between architecture and food, architectural drawing and Australian modernism. Together with her colleague Jane Lawrence, she has developed a joint architecture and interior architecture studio teaching practice which uses the universally tangible realm of food as a design language and frame of reference.


Veronika Kelly

University of South Australia School of Art, Architecture & Design

Dr Veronika Kelly is a School Research Degree Coordinator, Program Director and Senior Lecturer in Visual Communication. Veronika's research examines the concept of resonance in visual communication design: what it is, or could be, what the qualities are of visual communications that 'resonate', and how designers create resonance. As an educator, Veronika's focus is on supporting students in developing self-awareness of the positions they take up in their learning and their practice. Her work has been recognised with an OLT Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning, a UniSA Citation, and International Society of Typographic Designers Tutor Awards.

Chris Knapp

Bond University Abedian School of Architecture

Chris Knapp is an Assistant Professor of Architecture at the Abedian School of Architecture, Bond University, and also a Director of the architecture and fabrication practice, a Studio Workshop based in the Gold Coast. His work is concerned with the expanded role of the architect in relation to digital fabrication and digital design methods. Having obtained a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Michigan and a Master of Architecture from Princeton University, Chris is currently a doctoral candidate at RMIT. He formerly lectured at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Michigan.

Urša Komac

University of Canberra Faculty of Arts & Design

Assistant Professor Urša Komac is an architect and critic. She holds a PhD on public space from Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya, Barcelona. As a Marie Curie Fellow at ETSAB she researched places for the cities of tomorrow. She has taught history of architecture and design at UPC Barcelona, Boston Architectural College, the University of Sydney and the University of NSW. She received the Piranesi Award for The Rest Areas for the Bicycle Paths in the Slovene Karst. Her Georges River Collection Box was selected by the City of Bankstown and built as a site-specific art installation.


Gill Lawson

Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Creative Industries

Dr Gillian Lawson is a Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture and former Head of Landscape Architecture at Queensland University of Technology. She has been a postdoctoral fellow at Tongji University in Shanghai, working on large waterfront redevelopment projects, a visiting scholar at the OPENspace Research Centre in Edinburgh, and project leader with Vietnamese colleagues in the Mekong Delta. Her research focuses on ecological landscape planning, community-led design and social equity in public open spaces; her work fosters cross-disciplinary design research. She has a bachelor in agricultural science, a masters in horticultural science, and a PhD in educational sociology in landscape planning.

Stephen Loo

University of Tasmania School of Architecture

Professor of Architecture and Director of Creative Exchange Institute (CxI), Stephen Loo has been with the University of Tasmania since 2008. Stephen has published widely in architecture and design theory, biophilosophy, ecological humanities and experimental digital thinking. He also has a performance-philosophy based art practice and has shown internationally. As Director of CxI, he creates and supports transdisciplinary research and practice, through exchanges between science and art, social entrepreneurship and community participation.

Desley Luscombe

University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building

Desley Luscombe is Professor of Architecture in the UTS Faculty of Design, Architecture and Building, and founding director and consultant to Campbell Luscombe Architects. Over the past 12 years Desley was Faculty Dean, developing a vision of the Faculty as a research and creative practice collaborative. Her current role links the Masterplanning enterprises of the University and a return to focus on educating architects and undertaking research. Her research focuses on the interpretation of architectural presentation drawings in the period from the 16th century to the present, investigating the impact of technologies and conventions of drawn representation on practice.


Cecilia De Marinis

RMIT School of Architecture and Design

Dr Cecilia De Marinis is a postdoctoral research fellow in the DAP_r Project at RMIT University. She is investigating the value and contribution doctoral training in Creative Practice Research makes to professional practice and pedagogy. Prior to moving to Australia, Cecilia was a postdoctoral research fellow within the ADAPT-r ITN project at RMIT Europe in Barcelona. She gained her Master of Architecture and PhD in Urban Sustainable Design at Roma Tre University, Italy. She has worked as an architect in architectural firms in Italy and Spain, combining practice with research and academic teaching.

Vivian Mitsogianni

RMIT School of Architecture and Design

Professor Vivian Mitsogianni is Deputy Dean of Architecture and Urban Design at RMIT and a partner in M@ Studio architects. Vivian was the founding research leader of the Future Fabric of Cities flagship research program in the RMIT Design Research Institute and has expertise in facilitating processes for design innovation by combining experimental design practice research and ‘real world’ industry-linked projects. Vivian undertakes practice-based design research with a focus on experimental design processes. Her PhD (2009), 'White noise PANORAMA: Process-based Architectural Design', has been widely acknowledged as a significant contribution to the field of design process.

Katherine Moline

University of NSW School of Art & Design

Dr Katherine Moline is a Senior Lecturer in research practices and Postgraduate Coordinator: Admissions for Masters by Research and PhDs at UNSW Art & Design. Katherine explores the cross-overs between avant-gardism in visual art and the social pacts of contemporary experimental design. Through symposia and exhibitions she has introduced international leaders in experimental and speculative critical design to Australian audiences. As an exhibiting artist, Katherine’s work investigates how design processes and technologies can be diverted to the production of experiential and conceptual interactions.

Jules Moloney

Deakin University Faculty of Science, Engineering & Built Environment

Jules Moloney was appointed Professor of Architecture and Interdisciplinary design in April 2015, a newly created role designed to foster interdisciplinary teaching and research between Architecture and Engineering, with a focus on design led projects with expertise from the two schools. Jules came to Deakin from the Victoria University of Wellington School of Architecture where he was Professor of Digital Design and Head of School; he previously held positions at the Universities of Melbourne and Auckland. His research, creative practice and teaching span the fields of architecture, kinetic art, videogames and virtual environments.

Milica Muminovic

University of Canberra Faculty of Arts & Design

Milica Muminovic is an Assistant Professor, teaching Architectural and Urban Theories and Sustainable Architecture and Design. She holds PhD from Keio University. Milica has held the positions of Visiting Junior Research Fellow at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Keio University, Japan; teaching assistant at Faculty of Architecture, University of Novi Pazar, Serbia; research assistant at Global COE Program; and teaching assistant at Keio University in Japan. Her present research extends the professional experience through studies conducted in Japan about identity, places, spaces in between architecture and urban design, public and private, with emphasis on residential architecture in Tokyo.

Shane Murray

Monash Art Design & Architecture

Professor Shane Murray is an award-winning architect and academic in the field of architectural design and Dean of Monash Art Design & Architecture. Shane joined Monash in 2008 as Foundation Professor of Architecture to establish the architecture program. He was previously Professor of Architectural Design and Director of the Architecture Program at RMIT. He was Co-Artistic Director of the Australian Pavilion exhibition, Micro Macro City, for the 2006 Venice Architecture Biennale. Shane is the 2012 recipient of the Australian Institute of Architects Neville Quarry Medal for services to architectural education.


Judith O'Callaghan

University of NSW Faculty of the Built Environment

Dr Judith O'Callaghan joined the Faculty of Built Environment, UNSW Sydney, in 2002. She is Director, Postgraduate Research and Senior Lecturer in the Interior Architecture Program. Judith was previously Senior Curator of Contemporary Decorative Arts and Design at the Powerhouse Museum and Curator of Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Victoria. Recent books include Sydney’s Martin Place: A Cultural and Design History (2016) co-edited with Paul Hogben & Rob Freestone, Leisure Space: The Transformation of Sydney 1945-1970 (2014) co-edited with Paul Hogben and Designer Suburbs: Architects and Affordable Homes in Australia (2012) with Charles Pickett.


Diego Ramirez-Lovering

Monash Art Design & Architecture

Professor Diego Ramírez-Lovering is Deputy Dean & Associate Dean (Engagement) of MADA. He has taught and practiced architecture in Australia, Italy and Mexico. His teaching and research examine the contributory role architecture plays in addressing significant challenges facing contemporary urban environments – climate change, resource limitations, rapid population growth and changing household demographics. His recently awarded practice-based PhD focuses on these issues through the platform of affordable and sustainable housing. Diego is the co-founder and managing director of Monash Architecture Studio (MAS), which undertakes multi-scale design-based research around contextual issues in collaboration with researchers from other universities, government and industry.

Charles Rice

University of Technology Sydney Faculty of Design, Architecture & Building

Educated in Australia and the UK, Charles Rice is Professor of Architecture at the University of Technology Sydney. He has previously taught at the University of New South Wales, the Architectural Association, and Kingston University London, where he was Head of the School of Art and Design History. His research considers questions of the interior across art, architecture and design. Charles is Editor-in-chief of The Journal of Architecture. He has co-edited several collections of essays, and his own essays have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies. He has been invited to lecture at universities and cultural institutions internationally.

Jo Russell-Clarke

University of Adelaide School of Architecture & Built Environment

Dr Jo Russell-Clarke is a registered landscape architect and senior lecturer at the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Adelaide. She has a background as a classical musician and ongoing interest in the performative arts and spaces of serious play. Her PhD considered the role of designers in the suburbs and the confluences and contradictions of cultural and economic imperatives in projects for contemporary city growth. Current interests include an intersection of landscape with food and foodways, and design at various scales exploring more ways of dining, sharing, producing and preparing what we eat.


Marja Sarvimaki

Bond University Abedian School of Architecture

Dr Marja Sarvimaki is an Associate Professor at the Bond University’s Abedian School of Architecture in Gold Coast, Australia. Previously she taught architectural history-theory and design studios at the University of Hawaii School of Architecture. She is born in Helsinki, Finland, and earned her MArch and PhD at the Helsinki University of Technology (currently part of the Aalto University). In addition to the doctoral dissertation 'Structures, Symbols and Meanings: Chinese and Korean Influence on Japanese Architecture', her work includes numerous publications on East Asian cultures as well as architectural research methodology.

Leon van Schaik

RMIT School of Architecture and Design

Leon van Schaik is Professor of Architecture at RMIT. His research focuses on creating and sustaining innovative communities of practice. He developed a practice-based research program for architects and designers whose work demonstrates mastery in their field. This peer-based program evolved into the biannual Practice Research Symposium (PRS), which has attracted widespread international interest and replication. Professor van Schaik writes professional reviews for internationally recognised architectural journals. He serves on the University’s Campus Development Committee of Council, and over two decades has guided RMIT into becoming a patron of exceptional architects.

Marcelo Stamm

RMIT School of Architecture and Design

Dr Marcelo Stamm is a philosopher of creativity and innovation. He studied in Munich and Oxford and brings three decades of work in philosophical constellation research and topological research to the contemporary study of creativity. After his Habilitation in Germany in 2002, Marcelo took up academic positions in Australia, at the University of Tasmania and the Australian Innovation Research Centre. At RMIT Marcelo has contributed to the €4 Million Framework 7 Marie Curie ITN ADAPT-r grant, managed the Research and Innovation portfolio for the School of Architecture and Design, and directed RMIT’s European Practice Research Symposia, core to RMIT’s doctoral research innovation.


Laurene Vaughan

RMIT School of Media and Communication

Laurene Vaughan is Professor in Design and Communication, and instigator and Chair of the DAP_r project. She has a diverse research and teaching practice covering design, communication and fashion, and embedded research in diverse industry sectors. Laurene is a Research Leader in the RMIT Design Research Institute. Originally from an art and design education background with a major in sculpture, Laurene has melded a career of practicing artist, designer and educator in Australia and internationally. Within her research Laurene explores and comments on the interactive and situated nature of human experience, particularly the ways that we create and articulate the experience of place.


Lawrence Wallen

University of Technology Sydney School of Design

Professor Lawrence Wallen is Head of Design at the University of Technology Sydney. From 2002 to 2012 Lawrence was Professor of Scenography at the Zurich University of the Arts. His current research focuses on the narrative and interactive elements of performance, design and urban space and how these contribute to an evolving theory of spatial practice. The co-editor of many publications, Lawrence is also a successful artist, with recent projects included at the art gallery Le Logge in Assisi, Italy, and a solo photo-media/video installation included in the Carlton Project Space, Sydney.

SueAnne Ware

University of Newcastle School of Architecture & Built Environment

Professor SueAnne Ware is Head of the School of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Newcastle. She came to Newcastle in 2015 from RMIT’s School of Architecture and Design where she was Deputy Dean, Research and Innovation. With qualifications in Landscape Architecture from Colorado State University and UC Berkeley and a PhD from RMIT, SueAnne previously held positions at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, the University of New Mexico and Victoria University at Wellington. She is committed to student equity and diversity, design education and practice-based research. SueAnne’s work reflects her belief that landscape architects share responsibility for setting the political, social and environmental agenda.

Ian Weir

Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Creative Industries

Dr Ian Weir is a Senior Lecturer in Landscape Architecture at QUT, and a registered practicing architect specialising in designing cost-affordable habitation for bushfire prone, biodiverse landscapes. He is an expert advisor with the Bushfire Building Council of Australia. Ian provided design advice to survivors of Black Saturday, and has a number of houses completed, under construction, and under design in Western Australia. In 2012 Ian was selected by the Australian Institute of Architects to represent innovative forms of practice at the Venice Architecture Biennale, in acknowledgment of his unique multimodal method of practice.

Kit Wise

University of Tasmania School of Creative Arts

Kit Wise is Professor of Fine Art and Head of the School of Creative Arts, University of Tasmania; and Adjunct Professor of Fine Art at Monash University. He has engaged with art schools nationally and internationally on course design and interdisciplinarity. He practices as an artist, art writer and curator. He has held 15 solo exhibitions in Australia, America and Italy, exhibited widely in group exhibitions, and has published numerous articles, reviews, book chapters and catalogue essays. Kit holds qualifications from Oxford University and the Royal College of Art, and completed a PhD at Monash University in 2012.

Margaret Woodward

Charles Sturt University Faculty of Arts and Education

Margaret Woodward is Associate Professor of Design in the Faculty of Arts and Education at Charles Sturt University (CSU). Margaret's PhD (Design) from Curtin University of Technology investigates the field of interpretation design and the role of design in communicating and framing Australia's natural and cultural heritage. From the University of Tasmania, Margaret holds a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Diploma of Education. Co-founder of the Creative Regions Lab at CSU, her research spans the disciplines of design, geography and tourism, focusing on regional creative industries and interpretation design. She is a member of CSU’s Institute for Land, Water and Society.