The RMIT Architecture Program is motivated by the desire to explore the emergence of new practices within an international debate using design as a tool for the exploration of cutting edge ideas about society and our place in the environment. The course is characterised by a nexus, a tension and a symbiotic relationship between the practice and profession of architecture on the one hand, and the architectural academy on the other. This program aims to constantly engage in an exploration of the differences, the overlaps, and the connections between the two. We aim to utilise Melbourne and Australia as the first laboratories for architectural inquiry. However, the concerns of the course are ultimately international in that we endeavour to maintain a focus on architectural principles applicable to a wide range of contexts by creating an environment for learning through projects, critical debate and rigorous inquiry.
It is our aim to produce graduates prepared and able to take responsibility for their actions in the physical environment. Graduates who are equipped with excellent technical and intellectual capacities are better able to become leaders in the profession. Such graduates must be able to take a position about architectural issues, subject it to rigorous critical assessment, defend it, and expand upon it. They should possess a sound basic knowledge and range of skills, and the critical acumen to continue to question and learn in their future careers. Ultimately at RMIT, students are encouraged to consider the study of architecture as a powerful way of thinking as well as training for a specific vocation. Debate, dialogue and critical thinking are strongly encouraged at all levels of the program.
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