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October 2018 PRS Examination Timetable

The Pracice Research Symposium (PRS) is a twice-yearly gathering of research candidates enrolled at RMIT in disciplines associated with Architecture and Design.

Please note there will be no late entries after the examination start times.

Parmington, Jason
PhD, Architecture & Design
Products of Reflection: A practice that discloses the design potential of circumstantial phenomena
Examination via exhibit and dissertation
Project Room 2, Level 2, RMIT Design Hub

The project elaborates my creative interest in circumstantial light phenomena generated through the design and use of objects, specifically refraction and reflection. Such effects are extraneous or incidental, arising from an object or product's interaction with its circumstance; they don't appear to belong or align to the object. They are frequently extraordinary in their form and complexity, but their subtle and contingent character push them to the periphery of awareness and design consideration. If acknowledged, they are deemed insconsequential, either out of practical necessity or due to (pre)conceptions of what constitutes and distinguishes the designed object. The project sets aside assumptions of extraneity and treats form generated by reflection as objects of investigation and design. It addresses the question of how consideration of these phenomena might expand design practice. It speculates that unrealised creative dimensions can be derived from attending to circumstantial effects: unacknowledged dimensions of the objects that populate the designed environment, and unrealised capacities of a design practice drawn to these phenomena.


Thursday 18 October 2018

Doyle, John
PhD, Architecture & Design
Field Tactics: Techniques, Types and Effects from a Practice Operating within the Architectural Field
10am – 12pm
Audience to arrive by 9:45am. Strictly no entry after 10am
Project Room 1, Level 2, RMIT Design Hub

This research is a reflection on my body of work as it developed prior to and during my PhD. I am interested in the concept of the field as it is understood in architecture, as an operative tool of practice. I define a field broadly as an aggregate of elements, actual or virtual, that are without hierarchy and can be used to organise design.

The formulation has been tested through experimentation in design technique and process, architectural typology and formal models, and the observation of spatial and material effects in my work. Within this I have identified a series of specific traits which characterise my approach to practice. These include nesting, layering or situating design in abstract techniques and specific physical conditions; working through series and populations of objects; understanding architectural form as a performative or infastructural tool; the pursuit of surplus or excess through an excess of objects and form, and through a spatial loose fit that enable opportunisitc use.

From these observations I establish the idea of a field based approach to architectural practice in which the design proposition is understood as both contingent and itself generative. The research provides a strategy and value proposition for creative incompetion in architecture.


Friday 19 October 2018

Kaltenbach, Christopher
PhD, Architecture & Design
Insecture: Interdisciplinary engagements in an emergent entomological design practice
10am - 12pm
Audience to arrive by 9:45am. Strictly no entry after 10am
Project Room 1, Level 2, RMIT Design Hub

This practice-led research defines an emergent, interdisciplinary practice with the central aim of re-framing the insect through design. The research began as an investigation into how to use design to create a different appreciation of insects through an understanding of how we perceive them and manage our proximity to them, and in the process, has unveiled a deeper knowledge of design and how I design, re-framed by these biological entities.

Two insights have emerged: firstly, knowledge of the proclivities that I imbue in my work;  and secondly, how the intergration of insects has drawn out multimodal design outcomes. During the course of this research, projects were dessign with and for intesects, creating aesthetic approaches to the framing and interacting with these animals. Design consideration of the commerical industry applications of insects – bioengineering, food production and pet breeding – has presented another approach to sustainability.

The design processes and methodologies that I have developed have examined the use of insects as a vehicle for design ideation and practice. By integrating living insects into design processes, concepts and prototypes, the research offers models for different forms of design interactivity.


Ham, Jeremy
PhD, Architecture & Design
Improvising Polyrhythmic Space: Exploring a Continuum of Musico-Spatial Creative Practice
1 – 1:30 Public performance, 2 - 4pm Exam
Audience to arrive for the exam by 1:45pm. Strictly no entry after 2pm
Level 1, SIAL Sound Studio, RMIT Design Hub

My dual practice as a musician (drums) and spatial designer (architect) provides a unique perspective from which to conduct cross-domain design research. I explore a continuum of practice that reveals rich territories for investigation within and across the musical domain, the spatial domain and a speculative ‘musicospatial’ domain. The research follows two main trajectories: an exploration of improvisation as a methodology for design research and, working synergistically with this, an exploration of the cross-domain representation (XDR) of digital drumming. I develop a three-dimensional spatial drum notation and spatial prototypes that reveal ‘affordances’ (Norman, 2002) for the understanding of my drumming ‘referents’ (Pressing, 1998) through XDR. I then explore modalities of drum-based augmented musical improvisation through a series of experimental Digital DrumScapes and extend the practice of improvisation into the spatial domain through spatial improvisation where forms are generated through spatial thinking-in-action on the digital drum kit. I bring the two trajectories of design research together through the development of a virtual drumming environment and the evolution of an augmented musico-spatial improvisational practice. This dynamic virtual environment forms a counterpoint to static spatialisations of polyrhythmic drumming and, together, these provide a repertoire of workflows to inform the continuum of cross-domain design research.


Bartley, Roseanne
Phd, Architecture & Design
Facilimaking Ornamental Events –
makeshift co-elaborations of j̶e̶w̶e̶l̶l̶e̶r̶y̶    juh – oul – lurh – ree
2:30 – 4:30pm
Audience to arrive for the exam by 2:15pm. Strictly no entry after 2:30pm
Project Room 1, Level 2, RMIT Design Hub

This creative practice research examines what Jane Bennett calls ‘vibrant matter’ (2010) and tells of anew the energetic material processes already affective within my socially engaged jewellery practice. Rather than pursue the making of artefacts as a valued outcome, I investigate the doing that jewellery does, and question what a speculative jewelling practice can do. By recasting jewellery as an ornamental agent – an accessorial yet vital co-elaborator in lively intra-active encounters – the research has brought forth a jewelling practice of facilimaking. This transversal practice offers affective incremental change to the way humans encounter entanglements of matter arising within the forces and flow of the life world. The dynamic co-elaborative practices of facilimaking are revealed as makeshift, messy and troublesome – often slippery to handle and too lively to pin down. By following in the a-rhythmic patterns of less normative events of ornamentation the research reveals three facilimaking practices: the spin and twist, the concertina, and the long play. In problematising the jeweller and making jewellery strange the research contributes a makeshift, intra-active practice to the expanded field of jewellery. To transdisciplinary practice, the research contributes the ‘live’ transversal practices of facilimaking: open-ended practices that others may follow and co-elaborate in.