DSGN07086 2019 Interior Architecture Studio IV: Collaboration and Community

General Details

Full Title
Interior Architecture Studio IV: Collaboration and Community
Transcript Title
Interior Architecture Studio I
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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
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 is studio based and responds to the programme vision point: - ‘designing for human needs” that highlights design factors that contribute to human wellbeing. The module consolidates the students' understanding of the design process as applied to a range of interior spaces to a level where they can synthesise all of the relevant and disparate factors, influences and requirements within an interior design solution.

In this module, students typically engage in voluntary collaboration with a local charitable, community or environmental organisation and/or live client to identify their needs, before designing interior designs, artefacts or interior improvements. Students engage in more than one design project in this module and at least one of the design projects will involve group work. This module develops learners' ethical awareness, resourcefulness, technical knowledge and legislative knowledge, along with their organisational, collaborative and design leadership skills.

Typical functional typologies might include health care; community centres or educational designs. The module is supported by the concurrent module: Environmental Psychology for Design.

Learning Outcomes

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


Collaborate in identifying a local need and developing a design brief in response to an interior design problem, in cognizance of local social, cultural and ecological issues.


Manage the design research process and apply artistic and design principles in the context of broader cultural and social perspectives.


Collaborate and negotiate design ideas and production methods professionally, within a multidisciplinary group including users/stakeholders, consultants and contractors.


Demonstrate an awareness of specification and costs relevant to design proposal.


Integrate legislation, codes of practice, and health and safety within a design solution.


Provide creative and innovative design leadership during part of the research, design and/or production of a functional and aesthetic interior.


Synthesise physical, contextual, social, cultural and aesthetic meaning in the conception and generation of interior spaces in response to an agreed brief.


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


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


Collaborate purposefully and respectfully within a team, managing between the different roles, responsibilities and interests in the design and production process.

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 (or student group) develop(s) 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

In this module, students engage in a more than one design project. Functional typologies such as health care; community focused or educational designs respond to the programme vision point: - ‘designing for human needs”. Students engage in voluntary collaboration with a local charitable, community or environmental organisation and/or work with live clients to identify a need, before designing and producing a simple interior artefact or interior improvement.

This process involves:

  • Identifying an organisational and social/ environmental need/problem;
  • Research and analysis of need/problem (and related ethical, legal, technical and contextual issues, opportunities and limitations);
  • Collaborative Development of a simple brief (in response to all of the above);
  • Collaborative development of a plan of action (in response to all of the above);
  • Collaborative development of a design response, in cognizance of technical, legislative and cost constraints;
  • Design realisation as collaborative production/product/interior improvement;
  • Reflective presentation;
  • Students are to work in collaboration with members of the organisation identified at all stages of the project, and where possible in collaboration/communication with arts or designers from other fields.

The module is supported by lectures and discussions relevant to concurrent design challenges and stages and processes.

Coursework & Assessment Breakdown

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
100 %

Coursework Assessment

Title Type Form Percent Week Learning Outcomes Assessed
1 Reflective development portfolio Continuous Assessment Assessment 25 % Week 6 1,3,6,10
2 Design Portfolio Submission Project Assessment 75 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Classroom Equipped for OLL. Theoretical input, studio demonstrations and discussion 2 Weekly 2.00
Practical Architectural Studio Practical, tutorial, workshop and community engagement 6 Weekly 6.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Design Development 12 Weekly 12.00
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 8.00 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources

Coverly, M. (2010) Psychogeography. Pocket Essentials.

Ellard, C. (2015) Places of the heart: the psycho‑geography of everyday . Bellevue Literary Press.

Gehl, J. (2010) Cities for people . (1st ed.). Island Press.

Hyde, R. (2012), Future practice: conversations from the edge of architecture , Routledge.

MacNicol, D. (2015) Project leadership : (3rd revised ed.). Gower Publishing.

Papanek, V (2003) The green imperative: ecology and ethics in design and architecture . Thames & Hudson.

Sinclair, C. and Stohr, K. eds. (2006) Design like you give a damn: architectural responses to humanitarian crisis . Thames & Hudson.

Whyte, W. H. (1980) The Social Life Of Small Urban Spaces, Project for Public Spaces Inc.

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