Architecture, design and art practice training research program


RMIT University in Melbourne has been awarded €4million under the EU Marie Curie Actions programme of FP7 shared with a consortium of universities in the Netherlands, Slovenia, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Finland to support the establishment of a PhD practice research training network.

The Architecture, Design and Art Practice Training research (ADAPT-r ITN) aims to significantly increase European research capacity through the dissemination and uptake of the unique and ground-breaking PhD practice research (by project) model developed by the RMIT School of Architecture and Design over the past 25 years.

RMIT is the first Australian institution to be funded under the this program and RMIT will work in partnership with the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium; the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia; the Glasgow School of Art, Scotland; the Art School of Aarhus, Denmark, and the University of Westminster, United Kingdom.

The ADAPT-r project builds on the establishment of the RMIT University Creative Practice Research PhD program in Ghent, Belgium in 2010. This effectively mirrors the long running RMIT School of Architecture and Design PhD research program in Melbourne. A Practice Research Symposia (PRS) is held in the EU twice a year involving EU and internationally based RMIT PhD candidates presenting work in progress to international panels, with candidate examinations and exhibitions and related public lectures, conferences and workshops.

The ADAPT-r ITN funding enables the significant expansion of this program. It will result in the awarding 32 Fellowships and involve the participation of EU partner institutions in a cycle of 8 PRS PhD research training conferences over 4 years, a major research conference, a major exhibition, documented through three key books and a web site providing public access to research and events.

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Media Article: Architecture and Design Magazine, March 27, 2013