The EU program, known as the Architecture, Design and Art Practice Training Research (ADAPT-r) international research training network, aims to make important contributions to the EU’s goal of boosting research performance outcomes in these creative fields and creating greater mobility between countries.
RMIT University has become the first Australian institution ever to receive funding to support a European Union program created to build advanced knowledge and skills in architecture, design and art.
RMIT will involve more than 24 small to medium-sized businesses in its work, helping to boost these enterprises as well.
RMIT will be working 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.
Non-European institutions are not generally eligible for the program, making the funding of an Australian university very unusual. However, an exception can be made for an outside institution working with European partners, if this can be shown to be essential to the success of the activity.
RMIT’s contribution to ADAPT-r is built around its practice-based PhD program operating in Australia, Vietnam and Europe for students in fields including urban design, landscape architecture, fine art, and architecture.
The ADAPT-r ITN aims to significantly increase European research capacity through a unique and ground-breaking research model: at its core is the development of a robust and sustainable ITN in an emergent Supra-Disciplinary field of research across a range of design and arts disciplines creative practice research. ADAPT-r will train new researchers, increase supervisory capacity, partner with private sector SMEs in research projects providing substantial opportunity for real world testing of the research and real world training, and introduce creative practice research methodologies to a new generation.