AR290 Interior Design Materials & Res.

for FA 2005

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CourseAR 290 Interior Design Materials and Resources HO
FacultyFrye, Valerie Harlow
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesBachelor of Fine Arts - Interior Design
Master of Architecture - Architecture Management
NCIDQ Certified
Semester DatesAugust 22, 2005 - December 18, 2005
Class Days--T-R--
Class Time3:50 - 5:05 PM
Credit Hours3

Garrison, Elena. The Graphic Standards Guide to Architectural Finishes: Using MASTERSPEC to Evaluate, Select, and Specify Materials. New Jersey, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2002.

Additional Resources:
Harmon, Sharon Koomen. Kennon, Katherine K. The Codes Guidebook for Interiors. New York, John Wiley & Sons, INc., 2001.  

McGowan, Mary Rose. Specifying Interiors: A Guide to Construction and FF&E for Commercial Interiors Projects. New York, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1996.

Ching, Francis D.K. Interior Design Illustrated. New York, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 1987.

Pile, John. Interior Design, 3rd Edition. New York, Harry Abrams, Inc., 2003.

Mendler, Sandra F. Odell, William. The HOK Guidebook To Sustainable Design.  New York City: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2000

LEED Reference Guide & Technical Manual
US Green Building Council 2000

Course Description:
AR 290 is a survey of materials used by interior designers for architectural  elements and finishes for both residential and public space design.  The  student will learn to evaluate and select the appropriate materials for a  design project, and will be introduced to life safety ratings for finish  materials.  The student will be introduced to manufacturers and suppliers of materials through field trips, guest speakers, manufacturer's catalogues and  research.  The student will be introduced to writing specifications for  interior design materials.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Design: Design is a process that involves generating ideas, editing and refining those ideas to produce the final result.  It is both individual and collaborative.  It is both creative and meticulous.  It involves critical thinking and effective communication through writing, drawing, describing, modeling and drafting.  I believe in the universality and importance of the design process. Learning the process of design will enable one to apply that process to any problem, whether it be a written document, the design of a space or the design of a product.  Every project and assignment shall be approached as a design problem.  

Teaching: As a teacher I collect a body of knowledge and share it with other people.  This shared information becomes a springboard to a variety of activities that reinforce the course concepts.  Students observe, read, write, discuss, evaluate, collaborate and create.  Cross disciplinary projects are encouraged and forays into the design community help make the boundary between the professional world and the academic world fluid.

Learning Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:

- List and describe various materials used as architectural elements in an interior space and the various materials applied to those elements as finishes.  

- Explain the impact of life safety codes, universal design and sustainability issues on the selection of finish materials.

- Describe construction techniques, installation methods and maintenance methods for finish materials.

- Identify resources that will provide product information and materials samples as well as resources that will provide and install materials for a design project.  

- Write a specification for materials for a project, using the standard format used by design professionals.

- Select appropriate materials and finishes for residential and public space design projects based on quality and design, maintenance and durability, construction and manufacturing techniques, life safety codes, sustainability issues.

Course Assessment:
1.  Preparing for lectures by reading assignments and participating in discussion.

2.  Preparing and presenting three product reports and one sustainability report.

3.  Visiting and evaluating two design product showrooms.

4.  Evaluating Speakers

5.  Final Exam

6.  Final Project

Product and Sustainability Reports: 40%
Speaker and Showroom Evaluation: 20%
Final Design Project: 30%
Final Exam: 10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Nearly all assignments will have an oral presentation component.  There will be no make up dates for missed presentations, but work may be turned in at the next class meeting for partial credit if a written excuse is attached.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
AR290 is primarily a lecture class, but input comes from a variety of sources including outside speakers and student presentations of research.  

An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of each class while announcements are being made.  Students who miss the attendance sheet are considered late.  Three late arrivals will equal one absence.

The value of this class is diminished for all when students are absent.  Attendance at all classes is required, but since unforeseen events happen, each student may be absent three times without penalty.  The fourth absence, whether excused or not, will result in the lowering of the final grade by one letter.  Five absences may constitute failure in the course.

Class DateTopicAssignment/ReadingsDue
August 23
Introduction to Materials, History of Finishes, Role of the Design Professional  
August 25
Introduction to Types of Materials, Building Codes, ADA, SustainabilityAssign Product Reports 
August 30
Materials: Wood, MetalGarrison: Divisions 06402, 06420, 05511 
September 1
Construction Materials: Masonry, Stone, Plaster, ConcreteGarrison:
Divisions 09310, 09385, 09210, 09215, 09220
September 6
Materials: Plastic, Glass  
September 8
Tour: Case SupplyShowroom Evaluation 
September 13
Materials: Textiles, Leather Case Supply Showroom Evaluation
September 15
Construction Details: Wall/Floor assemblies, fire-rated applications, tested assembliesGarrison: Division 09260, 09265 
September 20
Introduction to Sustainable Designvisit website: 
September 22
Floor Materials: Terrazzo, Resilient, Stone, Wood, Carpet, Code IssuesGarrison: Divisions 09400, 09622, 09651, 09653, 09638, 09640, 09680, 09681 
September 27
Floor Product Reports Floor Product Reports
September 29
Wall Materials: Wallcoverings, Stone, Wood Veneer, Wood Panels, Fabric Wall Systems, Painting/Staining, Code IssuesGarrison:
Divisions 09720, 09741, 09751, 09771, 09772, 09841, 09910, 09931
October 4
No Class - Work on Wall Product Reports  
October 6
Ceiling Materials:
Garrison: Divisions 09511, 09512, 09513, 09514, 09547Wall Product Reports
October 11
Ceiling Product Reports Ceiling Materials Speaker Evaluation and Ceiling Product Reports
October 13
Interior Details: Millwork, Trim, Accessories, Wood PanelingGarrison:
Divisions 06402, 06420
October 25
Built-In Casework:
Assign Sustainability Reports / LEED Green Building Rating System for Commercial Interiors: Material & Resources/Indoor Environmental Quality Sections 
October 27
Work on Sustainability Reports during class  
November 1
Present Sustainability Reports Built-In Casework Speaker Evaluation Reports
November 3
Documentation: Construction Documents, Details, Finish Schedule, Shop Drawings Sustainability Reports
November 8
November 10
Window Treatments Specification Speaker Evaluation Reports
November 15
FF&E: Furniture, Furnishings and Equipment SpecificationAssign Final Presentation  
November 17
Tour: Design GalleryShowroom Evaluation Report 
November 22
Interior Architectural Elements: Doors, Hardware, Stairs, Windows, Fireplaces, LightingGarrison: Division 8, 05511Design Gallery Showroom Evaluation Report
November 29
Catch-up on all Presentations, Reports  
December 1
Work on Final Presentation in Class  
December 6
Final Presentations Final Presentations
December 8
Final Presentations Final Presentations
December 13
Final Exam  

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

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