DSGN06125 2019 Interior Architecture Studio II: Material Identity

General Details

Full Title
Interior Architecture Studio II: Material Identity
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
Programme Membership
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

This studio-based module focuses on the design process and communication skills used within Interior Architecture. The studio projects are underpinned by the notion of 'Material Identity” and its creative manipulation using the interplay of light, materials, colour, texture, scale, spatial qualities and human ergonomics. The module engages the students in design at multiple scales, including life-size explorations. Students move between the design of bespoke furnishings and lighting and the whole interior fit-out in design projects such as record label headquarters or retail outlets.

Learning Outcomes

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


Conduct visual analyses relating to form, scale, material, light and colour in the research and conception of simple designs of furnishings and spaces.


Critically manipulate form, scale, material, light, colour and sensory qualities in the generation of simple designs of furnishings and spaces.


Communicate design ideas relating to material identity and atmosphere using concept models; development models; mood boards and materials boards.


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


Synthesize research relating to physical, contextual, social, cultural and aesthetic meaning in the conception and generation of simple designs of furniture and interiors.


Clearly express and visualize design ideas using verbal, graphic and written means.


Identify client/user needs and characteristics, interpreting their visual and material identity.

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  design exploration, the student (or student group) develop(s) their design. An experiential and student‑centred approach promotes  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:

  • Research and analysis (User/client identity and needs; design precedent analysis);
  • Development of material identity (ideas, concepts and explorations);
  • Physical prototyping and mock-ups at a range of scales (including 1:1);
  • Experimental manipulation of light, materials, colour, texture, scale, spatial qualities and human interaction;  
  • Spatial planning and manipulation of space, person and object space in three dimensions.

Skills developed during the previous semester in Design Fundamentals and Digital Media for Design III are utilised in the students design projects. These include freehand sketching, perspective sketching, orthographic projection; models, verbal presentations; photography; digital image manipulation; design drawings, conceptual, working and finished models, mood boards, materials boards, verbal presentations; drawings and images.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Reflective development portfolio. Continuous Assessment Assessment 10 % Week 6 1,4
2 Material Identity project 1 Project Assessment 30 % Week 5 1,2,3,4,5,6,7
3 Material Identity: Project 2 Project Project 60 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7

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 11 Weekly 11.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 8.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended Reading
2010-07-25 Basics Interior Design 01: Retail Design AVA Publishing
ISBN 9782940411221 ISBN-13 2940411220

A guide to creating retail spaces that offers an enticing spatial experience. It introduces methods of manipulating space to create an exciting commercial interior.

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.

Recommended 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
2012-09-27 Design of the 20th Century Taschen America Llc
ISBN 3836541068 ISBN-13 9783836541060

The bible of 20th-century design: From Art Nouveau to minimalism and everything in between Poised at the start of the 21st century, we can see clearly that the previous century was marked by momentous changes in the field of design. Aesthetics entered into everyday life with often staggering results. Our homes and workplaces turned into veritable galleries of style and innovation.From furniture to graphics, its all here - the work of artists who have shaped and recreated the modern world with a dizzying variety of materials. From the organic to the geometric, from Art Deco, through to Pop and High-Tech, this book contains all the great names - Harry Bertoia, De Stijl, Dieter Rams, Philippe Starck, Charles and Ray Eames, to name only a very few. This essential book is a comprehensive journey through the shapes and colors, forms and functions of design history in the 20th century. An A-Z of designers and design schools, which builds into a complete picture of contemporary living. Lavishly illustrated, this is design in the fullest sense. About the Series: Bibliotheca Universalis Compact cultural companions celebrating the eclectic TASCHEN universe at an unbeatable, democratic price!Since we started our work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing.Bibliotheca Universalisbrings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art, anthropology, and aphrodisia.Bookworm s delight never bore, always excite! "

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
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.

Recommended Reading
2011-10-01 Basics Interior Architecture 05 A&C Black
ISBN 9782940411535 ISBN-13 2940411530

A focused and informative introduction to many of the materials used in the design of contemporary interior spaces. It also explores the use of sustainable materials.

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