The New Academic Street project offers RMIT students a unique opportunity to learn and interact with a major construction project.

Whether it’s by attending public lectures delivered by industry leaders working on the construction program, creating art to be displayed on the hoarding or photographing the new spaces, the NAS provides a variety of ways for students to get involved in the action.

The 2017 Student Experience initiatives concentrate on implementing student run initiatives, celebrating the launch of new spaces and activating new ideas with a strong focus on Work Integrated Learning (WIL).

If you have ideas about how students could engage with the project as it develops, please contact the New Academic Project Team.


NAS Student Ideas

Got an idea for how to make the City Campus even better? Well, it’s time to put your (well, NAS’s) money where your mouth is, as we’ve got $25,000 funding to bring your ideas to life. Get together with some friends or enter your idea as an individual, just make sure to complete your application by Sunday 7 May. Then watch this space in the coming months and keep your eyes peeled on campus as we implement the chosen NAS Student Ideas.

Submit your idea here.

RMIT Design Market

This year, new RAD PODs will be available for students and alumni to showcase their businesses or sell products from their own entrepreneurial ventures. As a precursor to this, we’ve been teaming up with Melbourne Central over the past couple of years to host the RMIT Design Market. This is an amazing opportunity for you to test your products in a commercial pop up marketplace, just like our past stallholders.

Our next market will be held during Melbourne Central’s Shop the City event on 17 May, RSVP on Facebook here.

Maker Space

As part of their courses, Associate Degree Interior Decoration and Design and Diploma Interior Decoration and Design students will design a Maker Space – an open student space for creating models and drawings – which will form part of the NAS precinct.

The project exposes students to industry experts. The winning design, by Keira Kailun Wu, will be created in the space and Keira has begun a summer internship with Lyons architecture firm.

Learn more about the competition (including the shortlisted 11 designs).

Read the competition brief

Aconex Access

Used extensively in the construction and engineering industry, Aconex is an online document management platform, accessible by all project stakeholders. NAS, working with the School of Property, Construction and Project Management, is developing an Aconex sub-site that students can access so they can work on real life challenges arising from the NAS project.

NAS Case Studies – Behind the Hoarding

Behind the Hoarding is a video case study series that uses what is happening as part of the NAS project to create ‘real-life’ examples of problems, issues and challenges encountered when undertaking a large and complex construction project such as NAS.

Learn more

Facilitated site tours through the construction zone

Site tours through the construction zone will continue to happen throughout the life of the project. Preference is given to building, construction, project management and civil engineering students due to OHS requirements that only a maximum of 15 students can go on each tour.

Tours of other Lendlease Projects

Working with the School of Property, Construction and Project Management and School of Engineering, tours of other Lend Lease projects will be available upon request. Contact us.

Organic Food Waste in the NAS Retail Precinct

A student from Environmental Engineering is working with RMIT Sustainability to divert RMIT’s food waste from landfill. The project, part of NAS, is finding a cost effective and manageable food waste disposal process in a city block with limited space.

Capturing NAS

Diploma of Photo Imaging students, as part of their studies and the Work Integrated Learning program at RMIT, will capture the new spaces that will be transformed as part of New Academic Street project. They will also provide a behind-the-hoarding snapshots of the building as it progresses as well as other NAS events. This will allow students to develop their skills in Architectural and Documentary style photography.

Check out a selection of their photos here or on Flickr, in the NAS Under Construction album.

Urban Animators: Living Laboratory

The Urban Animators: Living Laboratory allows RMIT’s globally-renowned creative community to transform and enliven the City campus over the two-year public art program.

Find out more.

Career Deconstruction and Networking Events

Industry figures involved in the NAS project have presented to students as part of the Career Deconstruction Series. Architects, landscape architects, engineers, builders and project managers discussed their ideas, expertise, and NAS project challenges.

The Series started in mid-2015 and presentations will continue throughout the two-year life of the project, giving students valuable insight into the real-life workings of a construction project.

Watch the lectures from 2015 and 2016.

Explore the New Academic Street

Launch the Interactive Map