Adapt-r ITN 

Depiction of the connections of the multiple levels of training within the project and how those converge in the moment of the Practice Research Symposia

Adapt-r ITN

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Research Staff

Sally Stewart
Koen Broucke
Dorotea Ottaviani

Partner organisations 

KU Leuven Faculty of Architecture, Campus Saint-Lucas (LUCA)
RMIT Europe / Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology Spain SL
University of Westminster School of Architecture and the Built Environment
University of Ljubljana Faculty of Architecture
Estonian Academy of Arts Faculty of Architecture
Aarhus School of Architecture

Adapt-r (acronym for Architecture, Design and Art Practice Training-research) is an ITN Initial Training Network funded within the FP7 Marie Curie Program. The core feature of this approach to doctoral training is that new knowledge is developed through creative practice. The project includes 40 Fellowships, 7 training conferences, a major research conference, a major exhibition, five key books, and a website providing public access to research and events.

Adapt-r is a network of 7 Partner Institutions and engages with SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises). The PhD supported by the Adapt-r project is structured through three years of research, and is organised in 6 Practice Research Symposia (two per year, held in Ghent and in Barcelona), namely the PRS, in which the practitioners are invited to present their research and submit it to public consideration.

The aim of the project is to significantly increase European research capacity through a unique and ground breaking research model. At its core is the development of a robust and sustainable initial training network in an emergent Supra-Disciplinary field of research across a range of design and arts disciplines – creative practice research. ADAPT-r ITN will train new researchers, increase supervisory capacity, create partnerships with SMEs in research projects, provide substantial opportunity for real-world testing of the research and real-world training, and introduce creative practice research methodologies to a new generation of practitioners.

The research that is produced through the ADAPT-r ITN will contribute to a wider research effort to increase knowledge, understanding and quality of research in practice based creative disciplines and its methods. The Marie Curie ITN funding will enable an existing bi-lateral research training relationship to be expanded to include multiple partners from across Europe to create a greatly enhanced international research training network with a long-term future.

The ADAPT-r ITN will address identified deficits in EU research training for creative disciplines. Through training creative practice researchers in the explication and dissemination of tacit knowledge and latent cognitive resources, the ADAPT-r ITN will make a substantive contribution to meeting EU 2020 priorities by building a new generation of creative practice researchers and research-led practitioners able to meet the complex and often competing demands of contemporary Europe.

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