AR292B Interior Design Studio I:Intro to Interior Design

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AR 292 Interior Design Studio I: Introduction to Interior Design


FA 2006 HO


Knowles, Dr. Evelyn


Assistant Professor of Interior Design


Ph.D., Adult and Continuing Education
Master of Architecture, Environmental Behavior
NCIDQ certified Interior Designer

Office Location

MA 430C

Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday 11:30 - 1:00

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August 21, 2006 - December 15, 2006

Class Days


Class Time

1:00 - 3:40 PM


Art and Design Core

Credit Hours



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

Ching, Francis D.K., Interior Design Illustrated. New York: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2005.

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Course Description:
Students are introduced to the interior design profession and its role in shaping the environment. Students are introduced to the design process as it is followed in a professional office. The elements, vocabulary and principles of design are applied to a series of simple interior design projects, including both residential and public space interior design. Students are introduced to life safety codes and accessibility guidelines. Skills and knowledge of pre and co-requisite studio and lecture courses are applied to design projects. 1:5:3. Course must be taken concurrently withAR292A.

Educational Philosophy:

Design is a process that involves generating ideas, editing and refining those ideas and producing the final result. It is both individual and collaborative, creative and meticulous. It involves critical thinking and effective communication through writing, drwing, decsribing, modeling and drafting.

I believe in the universality and importance of the Design Process. Learning the process of design will enable one to apply tht 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.

Class Assessment:
The learning in this course will be assessed from small projects and papers assigned to students and two large multifaceted projects. A range of interior design topics will be represented in the projects including residential design and commercial design. Students will experience critiques of their work and be taught to use the criticism constructively to refine their designs.


40% - Assignments

30% - Residential design project

20% - Commercial design project

10% - Critiques


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

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

AR292B is primarily a studio class. Class periods include lecture/demonstration, discussion and group critiques of work, as well as time to work on design assignments and projects in a studio setting. Students are expected to come to class with tools and supplies, prepared to work. The design studio class provides a group setting where students learn by individual as well as group experiences. Group interaction speeds learning and increases the depth of study for all. Feedback from the instructor is an important element of learning. Therefore, class attendance is required.

In addition, students are expected to spend a minimum of six hours a week outside of class on projects for this studio. The studio space is available to students when it is not scheduled for other classes.

A professional and respectful attitude toward the instructor and fellow students is expected - tardiness of more that 10 minutes, leaving before class is dismissed, and other class disruptions(i.e. phone calls, etc.)will be noted and reflected in the final grade.






August 22-24

Assign Essay: Defining Interior Design
Discuss the profession of interior design.

Pile ch. 1: Introduction.
Ching ch.2, pp.36-43.
Pile ch.3: Design Basics. Ching ch.3


August 29-31

Assign: Design Evaluation

Pile ch. 2 Design Quality. Ching ch 2, pp. 44-45


September 5-7

Assign: Color collage

Pile ch. 9-10 materials and color. Ching ch 4, 7, and 3 pp. 114-119.


September 12-14

Assign: space study

Pile ch. 8 & 13 Special needs and Furniture. Ching ch 8.


September 19-21

Assign: Research articles on reserve in library

Safe House Design Project


September 26-28

continue research

Safe House Design Project


October 3-5

Field trip

See examples in the community. Pile ch. 16


October 10-12


Pile ch. 5-6. Design Process and Planning.


October 17-19

Fall Break



October 24-26

Space Planning

Safe House Design Project


Oct. 31 - Nov. 2


Safe House Design Project

Safe House Design Project


November 7-9

Public/private space

Office Design Project Pile ch. 17 Public interiors


November 14-16

Field trip/Design Development

Office Design Project ch. 11 &12 Lighting and Textiles


November 20

Materials selections

Office Design Project


November 28-30


Office Design Project


December 5-7

All design projects turned in.

Grading of projects

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of each class. It is your responsibility to sign the attendance sheet.

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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