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Some of Europe’s top architects and landscape architects will share insights into their practice when they publicly defend their RMIT University PhD research.
RMIT Europe’s doctoral candidates will present their work at RMIT’s inaugural Practice Research Symposium in Barcelona (21-24 November), presented by the Architecture, Design and Art Practice Training Research (ADAPT-r) program.
RMIT is an international pioneer of design practice research and invitation-only doctoral training programs for leading creative practitioners in architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, interior design and creative art practices.
Professor Leon van Schaik AO, RMIT Professor of Architecture, said: “This Barcelona event extends the University’s acknowledged flagship research capabilities into Europe and it showcases the practice-based design research of some of Europe’s leading practitioners.” Professor van Schaik will deliver the PRS Europe opening night address – New Patterns and Emerging Trends in Design
Practice Research – on Friday, 22 November
Leading practitioners to publicly defend their research at the Practice Research Symposium include:
• London-based CJ Lim, of Studio 8 Architects
In 2004, The Guardian newspaper named Lim one of the New British Talents in Architecture and in 2006, the Royal Academy of Artsz “Summer Exhibition” awarded him the Grand Architecture Prize.
• Brussels-based landscape architect and academic Theirry Kandjee
Taktyk, the practice run by Kandjee and architect Sébastien Penfornis, won the Topos Landscape Award (bestowed by the International Review of Landscape Architecture and Urban Design) in 2012
• London-based architect Deborah Saunt, a director of DSDHA
Saunt broadcasts on architecture on BBC and Channel 4 and is a widely published architectural writer and commentator. DSDHA has won several Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) awards. In 2013, three projects, including its residential building for the 2012 London Olympics, were shortlisted for major awards.
• Estonia-based architect Veronika Valk
In 2012, Valk won the Estonian Young Architect Award for her “diverse, original and bold” built work (houses, public spaces, installations and exhibitions) and her efforts to raise awareness around architecture.
Professor van Schaik will join other RMIT School of Architecture and Design Professors – Richard Blythe, SueAnne Ware, Martyn Hook – in chairing the doctoral examination panels.
International experts joining the panels will include Barcelona-based architect and landscape architect Victor Tenz Ybern, former head of coordination or urban planning in metropolitan Barcelona, now responsible for overseeing the reclamation of fluvial spaces in the city.
Other examiners include eminent Irish practitioners John Tuomey and Sheila O’Donnell (of O’Donnell and Tuomey Architects), Kelly Shannon, Stephen Neille, Nancy Pollock Ellwand and Zeynep Mennan.
The Practice Research Symposium will also hear from a number of RMIT Europe doctoral candidates, who will share their research-in-progress or give pre-application presentations.
Preadmission candidate Martí Franch Batllori, of award-winning landscape architecture firm EMF Architecture, will share his work.
The firm’s spectacular restoration project in Catalonia transformed Club Med Tudela (built in 1961) into a 220-hectare Cap de Creus Natural Park, demolishing 430 buildings and using some of the debris in new park structures.
Last year, the coastal project won Europe’s most prestigious design prize – the Rosa Barba European Landscape Prize.RMIT’s European centre opened in Barcelona in June 2013.
What: Practice Research Symposium, RMIT EuropeWhen: Thursday, 21 November – Sunday 24 November
Doctoral examinations Foment de les Arts Decoratives i del Disseny (FAD) Gallery, Placa dels Angels 5-6, 08001, Barcelona 21-22 November, 10.30-4.30pm
New Patterns and Emerging Trends in Design Practice Research– Opening Night address by Professor Leon van SchaikRMIT Europe, Carrer Minerva 2, 08006, Barcelona 22 November, 6pm
Practice Research Symposium RMIT Europe, Carrer Minerva 2, 08006, Barcelona 23-24 November, 9.30-6pm.Cost: Free
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