DSGN06124 2019 Interior Architecture Studio I: Inhabiting the Interior

General Details

Full Title
Interior Architecture Studio I: Inhabiting the Interior
Transcript Title
Interior Architecture Studio I
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
06 - NFQ Level 6
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Peter Scanlon, Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan, Rowan Watson
Programme Membership
SG_DINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Design in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 201900 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202000 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_D3INT_H08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in 3Interior Architecture and Design SG_VINTE_B07 202200 Bachelor of Arts in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202200 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINTE_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202300 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DINAD_H08 202400 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design

This studio-based module focuses on the design process and communication skills used within Interior Architecture. The notion of 'Dwelling' will underpin the studio project, as well as design for the lifestyle, aesthetic and functional needs of a specific client/user. The relevance of context is introduced with emphasis on connection to place. Human ergonomics and activities, as well as the meaning and relevance of the home will be of primary importance. Design for aesthetics, sustainability and human comfort are considered, along with light, colour, texture of materials, scale and spatial qualities. This module is closely aligned to Design Fundamentals in which design and communication skills and processes are introduced and reinforced.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;


Conduct simple preliminary design research, analyzing a site, user needs and design precedents.


Integrate basic physical, contextual, social, cultural and aesthetic meaning in the conception and generation of simple designs.


Integrate systems of form, elements, furniture, surfaces, materials, colour and light in the design of interior spaces.


Consider environmental and sustainable requirements in the design of spaces.


Display awareness of basic legislation, codes of practice and health, safety and comfort in the conception and generation of simple designs.


Apply the appropriate media and methodologies to communicate design ideas and proposals.


Successfully plan domestic scale spaces for function, circulation and human ergonomics.


Work independently in self-directed manner in limited contexts as demonstrated by a portfolio of design development work.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

The module is delivered using a combination of lectures, group tutorials, individual tutorials and design reviews. Through discussion, critical evaluation and reflection and further design exploration, the student develops their design. An experiential and student‑centred approach promotes personal, reflective and active engagement with learning,  fostering confidence and competence in the communication of ideas. Clearly defined learning outcomes are constructively aligned with assessment criteria.


Module Assessment Strategies

Design projects are broken down into a series of tasks that are assessed formatively (with verbal or written feedback to students) through group and individual presentations/reviews at the end of each task; and graded summatively the end of each project or semester  through portfolio submission and/or formal review.

Repeat Assessments

Repeat assessment will be dependent on failed components.  This will be confirmed at formal exam boards.

Indicative Syllabus

The design process is applied through students’ design projects. Supporting lectures, demonstrations and case studies provide guidance. The design project(s) integrate the following elements:

  • Basic research surveys and assessments (basic site and context; analysis of user/client needs and brief; design precedent analysis);

  • The development of fundamental ideas, concepts and solutions, in response to given briefs;

  • Spatial planning manipulation of space in three dimensions, the ergonomics of personal space, horizontal and vertical circulation;

  • The creation of atmosphere using daylight, colour, texture, materials, furnishings, lighting, scale, space and form;

  • Design drawings, relationship diagrams, conceptual, working and finished models, mood boards; materials boards, sketches, drawings, verbal presentations and group work.

Skills such as freehand sketching, perspective sketching, ortho graphic projection; models, verbal presentations and group work are applied in parallel with supporting subjects such as Design Fundamentals.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Reflective development portfolio Coursework Assessment Assessment 10 % Week 6 1,8
2 Design Portfolio Project Assessment 90 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Architectural Studio Theoretical input 2 Weekly 2.00
Directed Learning Architectural Studio Practical, tutorial and workshop 6 Weekly 6.00
Independent Learning Architectural Studio Design development 10 Weekly 10.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 8.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Required Reading
2007-12-10 Basics Interior Architecture 01: Form and Structure AVA Publishing
ISBN 9782940373406 ISBN-13 294037340X

"This book examines the basic ideas that underpin the design and remodelling of interior space, from the establishment of a relationship between the existing building and the new components that inhabit it, to the careful positioning and design of significant elements within the space. The book will propose a method of analysis, understanding and exploitation of the existing building that can be used to realise the design of a new insertion."--Note de l'diteur.

Required Reading
2008-08-01 Basics Interior Architecture 02: Context & Environment AVA Publishing
ISBN 9782940373710 ISBN-13 294037371X

Context & Environment examines the ways in which elements based inside and outside a host building influence and affect the interior space.

Recommended Reading
2012-10-17 Materials and Interior Design Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 1856697592 ISBN-13 9781856697590

The choice of materials is critical to the success of an interior. This book examines every aspect of the the use of materials in interior design, from initial concept and selection to visual representation and practical application. The book includes useful step-by-step sequences, information on properties and sustainability, and a list of resources, online archives, and samplelibraries. It is an invaluable practical and inspirational guide for interior design students.

Required Reading
2015-10-22 The Fundamentals of Interior Architecture Fairchild Books
ISBN 1472524659 ISBN-13 9781472524652

The Fundamentals of Interior Architecture (second edition) offers an introduction to the key elements involved in the creation of aesthetically appealing and practically appropriate interior architecture. The book contains five sections, which together encapsulate the principle ideas, skills and knowledge that are employed in effective interior architecture and design. Areas of study include space and form, site and function, materials and texture, light and mood, and presentation and representation. Emphasis is placed on spatial solutions that support the needs of the client and which recognise the qualities of the building and its situation. The theory is contextualised using practitioner biographies and work from leading designers. The new material in this highly illustrated second edition includes interviews with leading practitioners. In addition, at the end of each chapter there are new projects to encourage readers to explore further the creative possibilities of working as an interior architect.

Required Reading
2019-02-07 The Fundamentals of Interior Design Bloomsbury Visual Arts
ISBN 1350106569 ISBN-13 9781350106567

The second edition of The Fundamentals of Interior Design provides a thorough introduction to the key elements of interior design and the ideas that underpin them. The book describes the entirety of the creative process, from researching initial ideas to realizing them in three-dimensional form. Throughout the text, guidelines are given to provide structure to the interior design process and the reader is encouraged to adapt and initiate methodologies to suit individual project needs. This approach is intended to give designers a belief in their own abilities, and the confidence to tackle different projects with the unique challenges that each one brings. The book features a variety of diagrams and talking points to encourage students and practitioners to think about key issues such as understanding spatial relationships and the use of sustainable materials. This second edition includes new case studies focusing on well-known international interior design studios, such as Conran and Partners, UK, Slade Architecture, US, Gensler, US and award winning architects Chae-Pereira in South Korea. The introduction of interviews with contemporary interior designers allows readers an insight in to the working world of interior design. The new projects allow students to explore what they have learned in each chapter through experimentation and these activities encourage creativity and further learning.

Recommended Reading
2015-04-14 Spatial Strategies for Interior Design Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 1780674155 ISBN-13 9781780674155

This book explores the ways in which the organization of interior space can be developed from the initial concept through to the planning of a project. The straightforward text explains strategies, processes, and methods that can be employed to transform an initial brief into an interior that provides an appropriate response to the project's demands. This is backed up with a wealth of visual material including photographs and specially created diagrams and models. Case studies and step-by-step exercises further illustrate the application of the principles and approaches introduced in the text. This is an invaluable practical and inspirational guide to a subject that all students of spatial design must master.

Recommended Reading
2012-10-24 Lighting for Interior Design Laurence King Publishing
ISBN 185669836X ISBN-13 9781856698368

Without light, interior architecture cannot be fully designed and experienced. It is one of the key tools for an interior designer, but can be a dauntingly technical subject for students. This book takes a detailed, practical look at lighting in interior design, giving students all the key information and skills they need to be able to tackle lighting successfully in their designs.

Recommended Reading
2017-09-12 Lighting Design Basics John Wiley & Sons
ISBN 9781119394310 ISBN-13 1119394317

A visual, real-world guide to professional lighting design Lighting Design Basics is the essential guide to this basic, but difficult-to-master aspect of interior design. Offering fundamental concepts and prescriptive techniques in a highly visual format, this book provides clear, practical guidance on utilizing the latest in lighting techniques and technology to showcase a space without sacrificing utility. Covering more than 25 different design scenarios with in-depth rationale for proposed solutions, this book provides insightful distribution diagrams, floor plans, and details for lighting installation and construction. Real-world case studies illustrate lighting design in residential, commercial, healthcare, education, and hospitality settings, and skill-building exercises offer practice for real-world projects as well as NCIDQ and NCARB exam preparation. This new third edition includes new instructor support materials, coverage of computer calculation software, and in-depth discussion on the latest in LED lighting. Lighting is changing, both in the technology itself, and in the way a designer must approach it. This book provides immersive instruction through real-world settings, and practical guidance suited for immediate application in everyday projects. Get up-to-date on the latest methods and technology for lighting design Examine more than 25 design scenarios for different types of spaces Complete exercises to hone your skills or prepare for the NCIDQ or NCARB Create simple lighting designs and collaborate with architects on complex projects Lighting can make or break a space. Improper lighting lends a space an uncomfortable feel, can induce headaches or eyestrain, and can even be hazardousbut thoughtfully designed and executed lighting adds that extra element so often missing from typical spaces. Lighting Design Basics shows you how to elevate any space through the fundamental tools and concepts of professional lighting design.

Recommended Reading
2015-04-01 Construction and Detailing for Interior Design
ISBN 1780674775 ISBN-13 9781780674773

Construction and detailing are vital skills for all students studying interior design and architecture. This book is structured to encourage a diversity of techniques, allowing each student the means to find and put into practice the appropriate solution to fabrication issues and also to express their own personal aesthetic. The relation of existing building shells to the construction and detailing of new elements is also explored. Practical tips are given throughout the book, the roles of consultants, manufacturers, suppliers, and fabricators are explained, and theories of modern, sustainable approaches to interior detailing are discussed. The chapters are packed with professional, annotated drawings and explanatory photographs of techniques, materials, and tools. Through these, the principles of sound construction are explained. This second edition includes revised diagrams to increase clarity, more on sustainability, and more on services and lighting.

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