Programs & Projects

Senior researchers and students and their external academic and industry partners develop and share their ideas and findings through the Key Projects and the Design Challenge.


Browse upcoming events, announcements and publication alerts; access past articles or register to receive news in your design research area.


Design thinking needs fertile ground where new dialogues and collaborations will germinate. You're invited to participate in our upcoming events and on-line discussions.


Bookings are open for the Design Hub Gallery and the DRI Project Studio for exhibitions, presentations, group project research, student studios and symposia.

DRI: Design Research Institute

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  • Possible Worlds_performance

  • Michael Beverland

  • Design for Living workshop

  • Marcelo_Stamm_VC_02

  • Steffen_Walz_VC

  • Convergence_Stair wall

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  • Convergence_Dermoid III

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  • Convergence_Cloudnets

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  • Robert Aish quote

‘By fostering collaboration, building creative communities and encouraging information sharing across disciplines, the Design Research Institute acts as a creative conduit, allowing for greater clarity, cohesion and relevance in design research endeavour.’

Professor Mark Burry, Director, RMIT Design Research Institute


Current News & Events

WORKSHOP: Design for Living: Experiments in Sonic Ethnography, Monday 15 - Friday 19 December 2014

PUBLIC LECTURE: Redesigning Manufacturing, Monday 15 December 2014

PERFORMANCE: Possible Worlds - Evoking Ethnographic Surrealism, Wednesday 10 December 2014

PUBLIC LECTURE: Pelle Ehn - Collective Design, Utopias Lost and Futures Made, Tuesday 9 December 2014

DATE CHANGE: BOOK LAUNCH DRI: Designs on the Future, Friday 5 December 2014

EVENT SERIES: The Turn - 'The Experiential Turn', Wednesday 12 November 2014

PERFORMANCE: These Compulsive Behaviours - Part 4, RE: EVOLUTION, Friday 24 October 2014

WORKSHOP: PhD Juice Bar: Juicy networking, fruit, veggies and media mash ups, Thursday 9 October 2014

WORKSHOP: PhD Juice Bar: Juicy networking, fruit, veggies and media mash ups, Thursday 2 October 2014

EVENT SERIES: The Turn - 'The Public Turn' - Interdisciplinarity in Practice, Wednesday 8 October 2014

WORKSHOP: PhD Juice Bar: Juicy networking, fruit, veggies and media mash ups, Thursday 25 September 2014

WORKSHOP: PhD Juice Bar: Juicy networking, fruit, veggies and media mash ups, Thursday 18 September 2014

BOOK LAUNCH: Nation, Memory and Great War Commemoration, Tuesday 5 August 2014

NEWS: View Dr. Marcelo Stamm and Associate Professor Steffen Walz, recipients of the VC Senior Research Fellowship Scheme on-line 

PUBLIC LECTURE: Curious Things for Curious People: Design as a Foundation for Research, Bill Gaver, Monday 21 April, 2014

SYMPOSIUM: Collaboration | Organising for Design, Impact and Value, Tuesday 8 & Wednesday 9 April, 2014

PUBLIC LECTURE: Dangerous Opportunities: Australia, Europe and Design in the Asian Century, Monday 7 April, 2014 

BOOK LAUNCH: Meeting Place: The Human Encounter and the Challenge of Coexistence, Paul Carter, Thursday 27 March, 2014

SYMPOSIUM: Growing Smarter Material Systems II, Wednesday 26 March, 2014

LECTURE: Boosting Managerial Intuition in Innovation Decision-Making, Giulia Calabretta, Thursday 27 March, 2014

LECTURE: Development of Design Collaboration Skills: Conceptualizing & Analyzing Design Communication: Fleur Deken, Thursday 27 Feb, 2014 








NEWS: Professor Mark Burry, Director, Design Research Institute, takes 60 Minutes correspondent, Lara Logan, on a tour around the top of the Sagrada Família

NEWS: Skypetrait: Transcontinental Faces publication is now available on loan from RMIT University libraries

3rd CALL FOR PAPERS: Conference | Cities on the Move - Mobilities & Sensibilities ~ 3 – 5 July 2013

NEWS: Impact of "Stony Rises" project research is acknowledged by the Victorian Government

CALL FOR WORKS/PAPERS: Special Issues on “Cartography and Narratives”

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS: 20th ISPE International Conference on Concurrent Engineering ~ 2 - 6 September 2013

NEWS: Carey Lyon on the design thinking behind the Swanston Academic Building | Lecture now available