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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  • Steffen_Walz_VC

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‘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

EVENT: PhD Juice Bar: Design Teams Made in Heaven, Thursday 16 April 2015

EVENT SERIES: Thresholds: Designing the Past, Thursday 16 April, 2015 

EVENT: The Unexpected Turn, Wednesday 22 April, 2015