RMIT Architecture & Urban Design values ideas-led venturous design experimentation and exploration. To be venturous is to be brave and take risks. At RMIT students are asked to articulate the positions contained in their projects, to be critical and assert their interests and future directions. It is important that architectural projects and ideas are situated within wider discussions in the discipline and that propositions are formed that suggest how a contribution can be made to disciplinary, as well as to wider contexts and ideas in the world.

The Architecture & Urban Design Discourse Series will use five themes as catalysts to initiate conversations amongst design studio leaders and reveal their positions, attitudes and propositions. There is a long standing tradition of discourse at RMIT and this series aspires to reveal our collective and diverse concerns and facilitate speculation on how these might contribute to advancing the discipline and the wider terrains that they engage in.

If we drill down and look behind the statements made at design studio presentations, what do they explicitly refer to, what do they suggest and what do they lead to?

Vivian Mitsogianni – Deputy Dean Architecture & Urban Design

Series Convenors: Vivian Mitsogianni, Michael Spooner, Leon van Schaik, Graham Crist, Gretchen Wilkins, Richard Black, Paul Minifie, Peter Brew, John Doyle, Leanne Zilka.

Discourse Series 2015

The Agency of Process

The Agency of Site

The Agency of Form

The Agency of Information

The Agency of Cities