Design Research Collective
Design Research encompasses the methods and outputs of investigations that contribute to new knowledge through the creation of design projects. The home of Design Research at the University of Adelaide is the Design Research Collective (DRC).
The DRC aims to develop a community of designers whose research not only raises the quality of debate around the built environment, but also engages in its production. The DRC’s activities include support for PhD by Design candidates, including the testing and dissemination of their work through the biannual DRC Colloquium. Interested architects, landscape architects and urban designers are invited to contact the DRC.
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Design Research is conducted through the production of designs for architectural, landscape architectural and urban design projects. It is a process of rigorous critical reflection, conducted and documented in the graphic languages of the disciplines, as well as through text that examines this process and the particular forms of knowledge produced.
Designing is undertaken as a research activity, in which projects are both the ongoing experiment and outcome of investigations into specific questions and pursuits. These inquiries include the curatorial re-documentation of past work, as well as the development and testing of design methods through new projects, their interpretative documentation and commentary upon them. The DRC believes that this form of research is the most relevant and potent way for designers to develop their skills and sensibilities, providing impetus for professional growth and creating public engagement through the demonstrable evolution of our built environments.
Our researchers are awarded designers with expertise in practice-based interrogations. Their inquiries pursue answers to complex problems through specific project scenarios, formulated, tested and documented within the design process itself. It is a practice of critical reflection and development that produces shareable knowledge and advances the discipline.
- ResearchersMeet our academic research leaders
- Research ProjectsFind out about our current and recently completed research projects
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SABE 2016 Research Day – Fri 23 Sep 9.45am to 3pm @ BSS 534 Forum LTRESEARCH DAY is an event that showcases the research of Higher Degree by Research (HDR) Students currently being undertaken at the University of Adelaide. The event will focus upon highlighting the significance and impact our research will have on a diverse range of areas from policy, practice and society. Environmental/economic/cultural lenses will be applied in […]
INDIA BUILT – Fri 23 Sep, 3pm to 6pm Hub Central L5 MezzanineINDIA BUILT is an event that showcases the research on Indian urbanisation being undertaken at the University of Adelaide. The exhibition is being led by the Centre for Asian and Middle Eastern Architecture (CAMEA) featuring over 3 decades of research on contemporary Indian architecture and urbanisation. Other India related research in the fields of Economics, […]
Design Research Colloquium 15/16 AprilDear friends & colleagues Please join us for the second Design Research Colloquium, 15/16 April at the School of Architecture and Built Environment, University of Adelaide. We start on Friday evening, 15 April, with William L. Fox ’s guest lecture “Into the Anthroposcenic: The Evolving Culture of the Man-made Age” Fox is Director of the […]