AR290 Interior Design Materials & Res.

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AR 290 Interior Design Materials & Resources


FA 2008 HO


Knowles, Evelyn


Assistant Professor of Interior Design


Ph.D., Adult and Continuing Education
Master of Architecture

Office Location

MA 430C

Office Hours

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Tuesday

Daytime Phone

816-584-6468 T&Th

Other Phone



Semester Dates

August 18, 2008 to December 12, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM

Credit Hours


Riggs, J. Rosemary (2008). Materials and Components of Interior Architecture, 7th ed. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Publishing. ISBN: 978-0-13-158704-5

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
The Graphic Standards Guide to Architectural Finishes 2002. NY: Wiley ISBN: 978-0-4-7122766-3

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Course Description:
AR 290 Interior Design Materials and Resources: AR290 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 manufactures and suppliers of materials through field trips, guest speakers, manufacturers catalogues and research. The student will be introduced to writing specifications for interior design materials. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

Classes in interior design prepare students to work in a professional field. Students will learn how to evaluate design issues and problems as professionals do. In this course students will be introduced to many of the resources professional designers rely on to make critical decisions. Therefore, students are expected to emulate the behavior of professional designers: taking initiative in working on their projects and treating everyone and their environment with respect.
Design is a process that involves generating ideas, then editing and refining those ideas to produce the final results. 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.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. List and describe the various materials used as architectural elements in an interior and the various materials applied to those elements as finishes.
  2. Explain the impact of life safety codes, universal design and sustainability issues on the selection of finish materials.
  3. Describe construction techniques, installation methods and maintenance methods for finish materials.
  4. Identify resources that will provide product information and materials samples as well as resources that will provide and install materials for a design project.
  5. Write a specification for materials for a project, using the standard format used by design professionals.
  6. 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 and sustainability issues.

Core Assessment:

·        Tests covering information in  lectures,  text and related readings, discussions and speakers (outcomes 1 - 4)

·        Completion of series of research projects using catalogues, manufacturers, craftsmen, suppliers and showrooms as resources.  (outcomes 1 - 4)

·        Completion of core assessment  project with oral presentation: the selection of materials for specific interior design projects.  (outcomes 2 - 6)*

Class Assessment:

There will be written reports on products used in interior design.
Written evaluations of presentations on interior materials.
The Core Assessment is a Sample Product Binder for a design project.
The final exam is a multiple choice quiz.


Product Reports with specifications - 30 percent
 - 3 reports each worth 10 points
Speaker and Showroom Evaluations - 30 percent
 - 6 evaluations each worth 5 points
(CA) -Sample Product Binder - 30 percent
 - notebook with samples and information on products
Final Exam - 10 percent

Late Submission of Course Materials:
If a submission is late, regardless of the reason, 50% of the possible points will be deducted from the grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Respect for learning, for other students, for the instructor, and for presenters is required. Anyone who demonstrates disrespect will be asked to leave the classroom and marked absent for the class. Disrespectful acts include but are not limited to: making rude comments or gestures, complaining or griping, talking on the phone, not paying attention to the speaker, leaving class early, wearing t-shirts or flip flops, or showing underwear.

Individuals are allowed 3 absences which will be recorded as Excused. Final semester grade will be lowered a full grade for each additional absence from class.
In case of illness or emergency, the instructor must be notified prior to class by leaving an email message.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

August 19         Introduction to Materials and Resources

August 21          Sustainability issues for interior design materials

August 26         Textiles

August 28         Textiles – showroom visit

Interior Resources 9223 NW 63rd Street Parkville, MO

September 2    Indoor Air Quality

September 4   Carpet speaker –Cambridge carpet

September 9   Specifications

September 11 Wood floors

September 16Stone and Ceramic

September 18Tile – showroom visit

Case Supply 14851 W. 101 Terr. O.P. KS

September 23Vinyl and Laminate

September 25Wallcoverings

September 30                Paint

October 2          Paint speaker – Brook Neinstedt, Sherwin Williams

October 7          Work on product reports

October 9         Reports on products due

Fall Break

October 21        Accessibility

October 23       Codes

October 28       Doors and Hardware

October 30       Cabinets – showroom visit

                                Regarding Kitchens, Lenexa, KS

November 4    Windows and Glass

November 6    Ceilings speaker – Sara Benson, Wagner Products

November 11   Fixtures and Equipment

November 13 Lighting

November 18 Architectural elements

November 20 Evaluations of showrooms and speakers due

November 25 Work on projects


December 2      Present projects

December 4     Present projects

December 11    Final Exam 10:15-12:15

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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 "F".
  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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
In case of illness or emergency, the instructor must be notified prior to class by leaving an email message. Individuals are allowed 3 absences which will be recorded as Excused. Final semester grade will be lowered a full grade for each additional absence from class.

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .

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