DSGN08068 2019 Interior Architecture Studio V: Thesis Part I

General Details

Full Title
Interior Architecture Studio V: Thesis Part I
Transcript Title
Interior Architecture Studio V
80 %
Subject Area
DSGN - Design
YADA - Yeats Academy Art Dsgn & Arch
08 - NFQ Level 8
15 - 15 Credits
Start Term
2019 - Full Academic Year 2019-20
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Maeliosa O'Brien, Emmet O'Doherty, Peter Scanlon, Claire Lorusso, Elaine Regan, Rowan Watson
Programme Membership
SG_DIAAD_K08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Interior Architecture and Design SG_DIAOL_K08 201900 Bachelor of Arts (Honours) 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

Interior Architecture Studio V is the first stage of the student’s design thesis. Interior Architecture Studio V  and VI consolidate the student’s practical and theoretical knowledge and skills in a comprehensive design project, which is central to their graduate portfolio. Rather than pre-defining a vision of the interior for the student, this module encourages students to examine and challenge their own vision of Interior Architecture, as well as their ethical position and responsibility as Interior Architects.

During this module, students  identify and research a focus, users, function and physical context for an individual project in consultation with tutors. Students have the option to select and develop a project and site from a list of initial suggestions, or to choose their own, with guidance from tutors. During this module, preliminary phases of the design project are completed from initial research phases through to sketch design.

Studio time is divided between individual tutorials, group tutorials and periodic design reviews. These are time tabled in the students' handbook. Theoretical input and case study demonstrations  are provided at the start of each design phase.

Learning Outcomes

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


Identify, research and develop a design brief for a complex interior design problem, demonstrating a personal world view and ethical position as an Interior Architect in relation to social, cultural and ecological issues.


Research,  analyze and apply relevant information pertinent to a complex interior design project, demonstrating consideration of material, spatial and technical conditions related to physical context, purpose of use and human conditions.


Synthesize preliminary studies in a clear design framework and brief, informed by research of functional and perceptual human experience of interior space (including sensory and emotional experience, ergonomics and universal design).


Develop an appropriate and informed conceptual approach, strategic design decisions and 'master plan' in response to the brief, demonstrating a critical aesthetic understanding of space, colour, light, acoustics and other sensory and functional aspects.


Communicate the developing design intentions clearly, expertly and creatively using a range of traditional and experimental modes.


Demonstrate skilled use of both reasoned and sensate communication processes to abstract, investigate and synthesize  affective and functional design intentions.


Demonstrate the ability to make reflective, critical design judgements, based on research, analysis and criticism.


Demonstrate the ability to manage their design progress and personal learning, setting goals, managing workloads, negotiating limitations and meeting deadlines.


Demonstrate the ability to analyze and develop design elements and principles visually and volumetrically.

Teaching and Learning Strategies

During this semester, students research and initiate their design thesis project. Design tutorials, peer learning and critical reviews are key modes of learning in the design studio.The module is delivered using a combination of lectures as well as individual and group tutorials, from a ‘live’/streamed teaching space in which both on-site and distance participants can see both each other and the work under discussion. This flexible mode allows both staff and students to interact in small study groups or individually, with the freedom for interaction either on- site or from a distance.  Through discussion, critical evaluation, reflection and reflexivity the student develops a theoretical and conceptual framework for their design. Our teaching utilises a student-centred pedagogic approach which promotes personal, reflective and active engagement with learning,  fostering confidence and competence in the communication of ideas multi-modally.  Clearly defined learning outcomes are constructively aligned  with  assessment criteria, including the set of transferable skills and mental abilities which the student designer must have entering the workforce.





Module Assessment Strategies

Assessment during the semester is formative  with (i) tutorials which focus on discrete aspects of the learning outcomes pertinent to the design phase, and (ii) periodic design presentations and reviews for which students present their entire developing designs.

Short lectures (linked to the learning outcomes) introduce students to related requirements, knowledge and methods of achieving these outcomes. These lectures and related tasks build on the students’ prior knowledge from earlier years.

Summative assessment is at the end of the semester with all outcomes embodied within the design thesis which is presented both graphically and in an accompanying design statement  .

Repeat Assessments

Students that do not pass this module must repeat attend.

Indicative Syllabus

In consultation with tutors and small groups of peers, students individually accomplish the following:-

Preliminary research, justification and development of brief: 

  • Each Student identifies and researches a design project (focus, client/users, function , building-site and physical context)  in consultation with tutors;
  • Students justify the project, examining and challenging their own vision of interior architecture, as well as their ethical position and responsibility as an Interior Architect.

Students conduct preliminary research including the following: -

  • the physical parameters and influences on the project, source drawings;
  • analysis of  building/site and context (cultural, social, physical, ecological, climatic, built, material);
  • the function and client/user needs (including precedent analysis);
  • human perceptual and emotional needs and aesthetic approach.

Students synthesize preliminary studies as design framework and design brief.

Students develop a design vision and conceptual approach.

Students develop strategic planning decisions.

Students develop an initial sketch design proposal.


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 1,2,8
2 Design thesis development & sketch design Project Closed Book Exam 90 % End of Semester 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

Full Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Classroom Equipped for OLL. Lecture, presentation and demonstrations from studio 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Architectural Studio Design Review or small group tutorials 6 Weekly 6.00
Independent Learning Not Specified Design Development 17.25 Weekly 17.25
Total Full Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 7.00 Hours

Part Time Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Lecture Classroom Equipped for OLL. Lecture. presentation and demonstration from studio 1 Weekly 1.00
Practical Classroom Equipped for OLL. Design Review or small group tutorial 6 Monthly 1.50
Independent Learning Not Specified Design Development 17.25 Weekly 17.25
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 2.50 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
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
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
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
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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