DSGN07085 2019 Interior Architecture Studio III: Re-imagining Place

General Details

Full Title
Interior Architecture Studio III: Re-imagining Place
Transcript Title
Interior Architecture Studio I
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
07 - NFQ Level 7
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 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 module focuses on the relationship between place, identity and interior architecture by exploring ideas of physical geography (both the building and its context), climate and cultural memory, through the adaptive re- use of a building of cultural and historic interest.

The module draws on the content of concurrent modules that examine the re-reading of place as well as strategies for adaptation and re- use of built heritage. This design module incorporates design project(s) with multiple spaces, functions and both vertical and horizontal circulation.

Learning Outcomes

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


Synthesize the design research relating to physical, climatic, contextual, social, cultural and aesthetic meaning in the conception and generation of a design solution.


Apply contextual design strategies related to key issues of place in the creation of design proposal(s).


Identify and respond to user needs and experience of the interior environment.


Integrate functional spatial planning and horizontal and vertical circulation in a design project of medium complexity and scale.


Employ principles, theories and systems pertaining to colour, light, acoustics, materials, forms and other sensory aspects in the coherent design of a multiple space design.


Communicate design clearly through visual, verbal and written methods, utilising appropriate media and graphic techniques.


Integrate legislation, codes of practice, health and safety, universal design and ecological and sustainability requirements within the design solution.


Demonstrate the ability to work independently in a self-directed manner, through a comprehensive 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 simple 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 light, colour, texture, materials, scale, space and form;
  • Design drawings relationship diagrams, conceptual, working and finished models, mood boards; materials boards, sketches, drawings, verbal presentations and group work.

In depth contextual research and the development of a cohesive strategic response to the existing building and place is supported by the concurrent module ‘design research’ module.

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 1,2,3,8
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
Practical Architectural Studio Practical, tutorial and workshop 6 Weekly 6.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Self-directed study 12 Weekly 12.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 8.00 Hours

Required & Recommended Book List

Recommended 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.

Recommended 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
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.

Recommended Reading
2004 Rereadings Jacqui Small
ISBN 1859461328 ISBN-13 9781859461327

Re-readings is an authoritative testament to the complex process of remodelling existing buildings. Although buildings have always been reused, the process of doing so has rarely been treated as an artform. In recent years, however, a huge amount of press coverage has been devoted to remodelling projects such as the Tate Modern in London, the Baltic Art Factory in Gateshead, the Grand Louvre pyramid and courtyard, and the Reichstag in Berlin, to name but a few. By attracting prestigious architects to its practice, it would appear that remodelling, once the dowdy cousin of the more glamorous architecture, has gained a new respectability. Re-readings responds to remodelling as an artform, making sense of the considerable structural, aesthetic, environmental, contextual and programmatic challenges of remodelling existing buildings. Illustrated throughout with a rich international portfolio of case studies, it explains the theory behind the way that architects and designers interpret and adapt buildings.

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.

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Holgate, A, (1992), Aesthetics of Built Form, Oxford University Press.

Hudson, J. (2007), Interior Architecture Now , Laurence King, London.

Jivén, G., & Larkham, P. J. (2003). Sense of place, authenticity and character: a commentary. Journal of Urban Design, 8(1), 67-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/1357480032000064773.

Karlen, M., Spangler, C., & Benya, J. R. (2017). Lighting design basics. UK: John Wiley & Sons.

Lawson, B, (1997), How Designers Think: The Design Process Demystified, Architectural Press.

Journal Resources

Architectural Review

Architect's Journal

Building Design


Frame Magazine

Landscape Design

Mark Magazine

RIAI Journal


RIBA Journal  

URL Resources


Other Resources


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