The Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL) is a facility for innovation in transdisciplinary design research and education. It embraces a broad range of investigative modes, involving both highly speculative and industry linked projects. SIAL is concerned with the integration of technical, theoretical and social concerns as part of its innovation agenda. High-end computing, modelling and communication tools associated with disparate disciplines are combined with traditional production techniques. Researchers are engaged in a wide variety of projects that collaboratively disturb artificial distinctions between the physical and virtual, digital and analogue, scientific and artistic, instrumental and philosophical.

Industry Connections

SIAL researchers work on a range of industry and federally funded projects. Currently SIAL has a range of active Linkage grants, and is always looking to connect with industry partners on new innovative research projects. Please contact SIAL via the SIAL contact page.

RMIT Design Hub

SIAL is located on level 4 of the RMIT’s University Design Hub
Architect: Sean Godsell and Peddle Thorp, Photography: Earl Carter

Research Environment

SIAL mixes postgraduate students, with researchers working on industry and federally funded projects. SIAL is located in the center of Melbourne City, at RMIT’s University’s state of the art Design Hub building. SIAL researchers and post graduates share floor space with RMIT’s Geelab and Exertion Labs, have access to modelling and robotics workshop, and spatial sound studios at the basement level.

SIAL Sound Studios

SIAL’s new Sound studios for project research and development, presentations, and spatial sound design.


The Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory opened in 2002 under then Director Prof Mark Burry. SIAL Sound Studios opened 2 years later and is currently housed on Level 1 of the Design Hub. SIAL is currently directed by Associate Professor Jane Burry.

Since 2002 SIAL has:

  • – Completed 20 Australia Research Council (ARC) funded projects encompassing Discovery, Linkage, LIEF and Federation Fellowships
  • – Graduated 35 PhD and Masters candidates
  • – Built a network of 30 industry partners spanning architecture, building, manufacturing, digital design, technology, performance, education, local and state government
  • – Delivered contract research for government and private companies.

Combining research and teaching, SIAL staff have delivered transdiscplinary design studios into all programs of the School of Architecture (Architecture, Landscape, Industrial, Interior and Fashion). SIAL currently offers 4 cross university electives available to all undergraduates and postgraduates in the University.

SIAL has been involved in over 30 exhibitions and performances in New York, Barcelona, Paris, Bremen, London, Beijing, Huddersfield, Vienna, Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne.