DAP_r (Design and Architecture Practice Research) was an inter-institutional research project examining and mobilising a practice-based approach to doctoral research and training in design and architecture.
A collaboration of 14 Australian universities led by RMIT University, the Commonwealth-funded project was active in 2016 and 2017, bringing together partners from across disciplines to explore the model's applicability in varied institutional contexts, develop allied supervisory resources, and capitalise on nascent pedagogical scholarship.
Internationally, architecture and design disciplines have a practice gap in postgraduate training. The doctoral model explored by DAP_r responds to this gap, building on three decades of work by the School of Architecture and Design, RMIT University. The model involves the production of new works during the PhD and the placement of this work in a broader disciplinary context. Candidates examine and document methods and techniques of practice, and thus the research examines and transforms the practice within which it is situated.
View the dap-r website here.