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

Whether it was 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 project provided a variety of ways for students to get involved in the action.

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

Throughout the project we have:

  • conducted 54 Student Experience initiatives
  • hosted 32 NAS student events, attended by over 12k students
  • facilitated 27 Work Integrated Learning initiatives, enabling more than 350+ students to participate in WIL projects
  • conducted 30+ site tours, attended by 400+ students
  • hosted 7 lectures about the project, attended by 1200+ students and staff
  • employed 48 current students and recent graduates  as Interns, Promotional Assistants and Project Staff
  • commissioned 14 students to produce pieces of public art
  • showcased 80+ student and alumni businesses through our retail pop up markets
  • featured 14 WIL student projects at the CelebrateRMIT event (Student Showcase)


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.

Applications have now closed, so watch this space in the coming months and keep your eyes peeled on campus as we implement the chosen NAS Student Ideas.

Thanks to all the students who contributed to our ‘Student Ideas’ comp for 2017. This year we saw Matias Reyes, student from Bachelor of Communication (Advertising), bring his ‘Boxed Out’ Series to life. Matt Caldar, student from Bachelor of Landscape Architectural Design, brought students from various disciplines to get involved in the construction of some bench seats for his ‘Construct@NAS’ project. And Camilla Moi, a student from the Bachelor of Communication (Media) was instrumental in making the ‘Play Zone’ in Building 8, Level 3 come to life – it ain’t all about study!

RMIT Design Market

This year, new RAD PODs have become available for students and alumni to showcase their businesses or sell products from their own entrepreneurial ventures. As a precursor to this, we teamed up with Melbourne Central over the past couple of years to host the RMIT Design Market. This was an amazing opportunity for students to test their products in a commercial pop up marketplace, just like our other past stallholders.

Maker Space

As part of their courses, Associate Degree Interior Decoration and Design and Diploma Interior Decoration and Design students were tasked with the job to design a ‘Maker Space’ –  an open student space for creating models and drawings – which has formed part of the NAS precinct.

The project exposed students to industry experts. The winning design, by Keira Kailun Wu, has been created in the space and Keira has completed a summer internship with Lyons architecture firm.

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

Read the competition brief

Explore the story and video here.

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

More than 30 site tours were conducted with Lend Lease giving over 400 students the opportunity to experience life on the building site.

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

Tours of other Lendlease Projects

Having top tier builder Lend Lease on board also gave RMIT’s Schools of Property, Construction and Project Management and School of Engineering the opportunity to tour other Lend Lease projects such as the innovative Forté building in the Docklands (it is the tallest timber apartment building in the world at 32.17 metres tall).

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

One of our longest-running, major WIL initiatives was tasking the Diploma of Photography and Photo Imaging students with capturing the development of the NAS project through images.

Since construction began in 2015, this three-year partnership has seen over 80 students involved, covering all stages of the project from demolition and construction through to finished spaces.

We relied on this bank of talented photographers as they brought an eagerness and unique perspective to capturing the transformation of their very own campus.

Their images have starred in The Age, been broadcast on RMIT’s social media channels, used throughout brochures, on the NAS website, and featured in print at CelebrateRMIT and in the NAS Chronicle – the magazine detailing the entirety of the project.

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 allowed 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.

Work Integrated Learning Program

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is an activity or program that combines academic learning with its application in the workplace. The practice may be real or simulated and can occur in the university, workplace, online or face-to-face.

WIL is crucial in helping students learn as they apply their practical knowledge in real-life and hypothetical scenarios. Over the past three years the NAS project has employed RMIT students in roles related to communications, engineering, sustainability, urban planning, information technology and project management from various departments across the university.

Learn more about the projects students undertook.

Explore the New Academic Street

Launch the Interactive Map