Associate Professor Pia Ednie-Brown is Director of the Practice Research Symposium (PRS) Australia in the School of Architecture and Design, and is Director of the design practice, Onomatopoeia.
Her creative research practice, Onomatopoeia, combines diverse modes of investigation – working across small architectural projects, installations, animation, sculpture, drawing, and writing. She completed her PhD (The Aesthetics of Emergence) in 2007, which drew on the work of this practice in articulating a process-oriented model of composition. In 2008 this doctorate was shortlisted with three others for the RIBA President’s Award for Research – Outstanding Thesis award. She has edited two books Plastic Green: designing for environmental transformation (RMIT Press, 2009) and The Innovation Imperative: Architectures of Vitality (Wiley, 2013).
Between 2009 and 2011 she worked on an ARC funded project concerning Innovation and Creative Practices, with Prof Mark Burry, Oron Catts and Andrew Burrow. Amongst other creative practice outcomes, The Innovation Imperative publication was a product of that research. Since 2012 she has been involved in a seven year international partnership project, Immediations: Media, Art, Event, supported by a research grant from the SSHRC (Canada). The project is led by Prof Erin Manning and Prof Brian Massumi, with partners are across Canada, USA, Europe, and Australia. The partnership aims to develop a collaborative framework for the exploration of an event-based approach to media, adopting methods of “research-creation” (or “practice-based research”).