Dr Richard Blythe is Professor in Architecture and Head of School, Architecture + Design at RMIT University, Australia a position he has held since June 2007. In 2010 he led the establishment of the RMIT University Creative Practice Research PhD program in Ghent, Belgium. Richard is a founding director of the architecture practice Terroir. The work of Terroir has been recognised through exhibition and publication nationally and internationally. Richard served as Chair of the Australian Institute of Architects National Education Committee from 2005-2011 and his most important achievement in that role was leading the development and adoption of the AIA Research Policy and associated documents. Richard’s academic passion is creative practice and in developing approaches to creative practice research and in building communities of creative practitioner researchers.
Prior to taking up his position at RMIT Richard lectured at the University of Tasmania for 14yrs where he served as Deputy Head of the School of Architecture and was the Vice Chancellor’s representative on the Tasmanian Government’s Building and Construction Industries Council. Richard gained a B.EnvDes and B.Arch from the Tasmanian State Institute of Technology and an M.Arch (research) specializing in twentieth century Australian architectural history from the University of Melbourne. Richard received a PhD from RMIT in 2009. During 2000-2001 Richard served as President of the Society of Architectural Historians Australia and New Zealand.