PRS Europe


The Practice Research Symposium in Europe features Higher Degree by Research examinations, candidate presentations, a keynote lecture and various social functions associated with the symposium.

Held in Barcelona and attracting participants from influential academic institutions and practices across Europe, the PRS provides an opportunity for shared reflection between distinguished practitioners about creative design practice.

To join our mailing list please contact prs_eu@rmit.edu.au.



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Weekend Program

PhD Examinations


Dermot Foley

Preciseness, vagueness

Please arrive 15 minutes early to exam as no late entry.

Thursday 21 November 2019 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: BAU College of Design – Examination Space
Carrer de Pujades, 118
08005, Barcelona

Examiners: Dr Boris Brorman Jensen, Prof Jürgen Weidinger
Chair: Dr Katrina Simon
Supervisors: A/Prof Mauro Baracco, Prof Tom Holbrook

In landscape architecture the processes and materials with which we construct are known only partially to us. They are loose and even evasive, to a degree not necessarily found in other related disciplines. This looseness, this vagueness, is an exciting aspect of landscape architecture and one which I try to exploit through building designed landscape. At the same time, though, we landscape architects need to produce reliable documentation in order to get proposals costed and projects built. This is increasingly the case with public procurement where risk reduction is paramount.
The drawing is the preeminent form of documentation that we produce as practitioners. In recent years I have become increasingly aware of the opportunities that certain types of innovation afford the design process, in particular the way in which the use of secondary-raw-materials can trigger ecological processes, or increase biodiversity. The characteristics of secondary-raw-materials, however, are particularly difficult to define, therefore, this research seeks methods for producing drawings which can be used to describe, cost and work these materials with preciseness, yet at the same time facilitate the partly known processes of change which can occur on secondary-raw-materials once they are selected and composed in particular ways.

Claudia Pasquero

Polycephalum: the aesthetic as a measure of ecological intelligence in architecture and urban design

Please arrive 15 minutes early to exam as no late entry.

Friday 22 November 2019 10am – 1pm
Venue: BAU College of Design – Examination Space
Carrer de Pujades, 118
08005, Barcelona

Opponent: Dr Christopher Pierce
Commission: A/Prof Suzie Attiwill, Prof Martyn Hook, Prof Jüri Soolep,
Dr Epp Lankots, Dr Renee Puusepp

Supervisors: Prof Mario Carpo, Dr Veronika Valk-Siska

This dissertation articulates the design methodology of the candidate’s practice-based research. It moves from an analysis of the relationship between ecoLogicStudio (co-founded by the candidate in 2005) and the academic work she conducts at the Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) and at Innsbruck University (UIBK). The thesis then explores how, in this body of work, biology intersects computation as the basis for a new architectural and urban design method. Critical to the synergy among these disciplines is the role of aesthetics. The candidate refers to aesthetics as a language of non-verbal communication, a metalanguage, which, she argues, must now embody greater ecological agency in shaping future cities.

A key outcome of this research is embodied in the concept of Polycephalum architecture. This notion mobilizes multiple forms of intelligence, both human and non-human, to redefine the urban realm in the post-Anthropocene age. What role will non-human intelligence, both artificial and biological, play in shaping future architecture? The Polycephalum dismisses the core notion of modern master-planning, to elevate humanity beyond its material substrate via its foundations in rationality. Its Aesthetics apparatus becomes a mean to establish cybernetic conversations, within which human and non-human ecologies constitute co-evolutionary systems, a form of extended mind.



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Mark Raymond

Making Sense : Reconciling Architectural Intent and Desire

Please arrive 15 minutes early to exam as no late entry.

Friday 22 November 2019 2.30pm – 4.30pm
Venue: BAU College of Design – Examination Space
Carrer de Pujades, 118
08005, Barcelona

Examiners: A/Prof Claus Peder Pedersen, Mr Robert Gregory
Chair: Prof Vivian Mitsogianni
Supervisors: Prof Martyn Hook, Dr Johan Van Den Berghe

The work of the practice is concerned with the creation of resonant experiential authenticity informed through sensory reception. Architecture is posited as a cultural operation through which strategies are devised, derived from rational and scientific responses but equally importantly from intuition. The practice exists as a creative operation engaged with humanistic cultural production in which, through photography, the eidetic serves as a transformative vehicle of temporal and spatial reconciliation. Architecture is recognised as a medium for reconciling intent and desire.


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