RMIT's School of Architecture and Urban Design is globally recognised for design excellence

In our School, we aim to address compelling, contemporary issues like climate change, globalisation and rapid urbanisation, in ways that help drive cultural change through design. Our students, lecturers and researchers are all encouraged to be risk-takers as they strive for positive change.

Globally-recognised for design excellence, our School rated ‘well above world standard’ in the Australian Research Council 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research in Australia (ERA) audit, achieving the highest possible ranking of 5. We develop our research through the process of designing, and putting designs and ideas into practice. 

Collaboration in design practice

We encourage staff to be active in designing, as designers themselves or through critical engagement with designing. This approach carries through to our research, in which design activities open up interrogation, and to our courses, in which learning evolves in design studios. These studios are curated according to our tri-polar model. In them staff, students and practitioners explore design research projects, allowing students to operate as empowered studio collaborators in the pursuit of design knowledge and skills.

We believe that holding multiple, articulated positions leads to a productive scholarship environment, and we use the three poles to provide focus for curating our design studios and research. 

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nations on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.

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