AR397B Interior Design IV:Office Design

for SP 2007

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AR 397 Interior Design Studio IV: Office Design


SP 2007 HO


Knowles, Evelyn


Assistant Professor of Interior Design


NCIDQ certified designer

Office Location


Office Hours

Tuesday and Thursday 1:00 - 2:20 pm

Daytime Phone

584-6468 Tuesday and Thursday

Other Phone

584-6473 Monday and Friday


Semester Dates

January 15, 2007 to May 10, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

2:25 - 5:05 PM


AR299A and AR299B

Credit Hours



ISBN 0-471-17103-4 Piotrowski, Christine and Elizabeth A. Rogers.(1999). Designing Commercial Interiors. New York: John Wiley & sons.
ISBN 0-471-74051-9 Harmon, sharon K. and Katherine E. Kennon. (2005) The Codes Guidebook for Interiors. Third edition. New York: John Wiley & sons.

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Bring to every class:
Roll of tracing paper
Pencil with eraser
Felt tip pens
Architectural scale
Drafting triangle
Drafting tape
Additional materials such as a calculator, drafting templates, vellum, and various types of adhesive will be required for specific projects.

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Course Description:
The emphasis in Interior Design Studio IV is programming and space planning for a complex office design. Students will become familiar with several office furniture systems and choose one for use in their office design. As in all studios, the design process will be the framework for all project development. Material from pre- and co-requisite studio and lecture courses will be incorporated into the design project. PREREQUISITES:AR393A and AR396B. CO-REQUISITES:AR393 and AR397A. 1:5:3

Educational Philosophy:

Design is a process that involves generating ideas, and refining those ideas to produce the final result. It is both an individual and collaborative process. Some aspects of design are creative, while other aspects are meticulous.
Effective designers will research their clients needs by direct observation, interviewing, and reading what other designers or researchers have discovered. Design involves critical thinking which will be expressed through verbal, written, and drawing modes of communication.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyze a client
  2. Design an office for the client within the context of an existing architectural building shell, including space planning, furniture layout, finish material selections, ceiling, and millwork design.
  3. Describe the components, features and function of office systems furniture, and select the appropriate furniture system to meet the needs of a particular client.
  4. Apply skills learned in pre and co-requisite courses to the presentation, including three dimensional drawings.
Class Assessment:
1. Analyze the work space needs of the client.
2. Apply the information from field trips and /or speakers to a project evaluating systems furniture.
3. Participate in studio design and critiques, and complete the design process for an office design.
4. Present your comprehensive design to the client, visually and orally.


This course consists of two projects.One is a short project (20%) and the other project takes the majority of the semester (80%). The total grade consists of 100%. As you have learned in your previous studios, your grade on interior design projects is determined in three areas: function, aesthetics, and craftsmanship.
Major Project:
Programming    20%
Design development 20%
Plan and detail drawings 20%
Oral and visual presentation 20%
Short Project:
Systems furniture analysis and design 20%
A = 90%-100%
B = 80% - 89%
C = 70% - 79%
D = 60% - 69%
F =   0% - 59%

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Presentation of your work and other students work is an important part of feedback and learning. If you miss a presentation due date, you may turn in your work at the next class meeting for partial credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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. Studio class sessions may include lecture/demonstration, discussion and group critiques of work, individual work time, and personal feedback from the instructor. Class attendance is critical to your learning.
In addition, students are expected to work at least six hours a week outside of class. The studio room will be 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 than 10 minutes, leaving before class is dismissed, and other disruptions (i.e. phone calls, etc.) will be considered in the grade.





January 16 - Jan 18

Assign space planning project


January 23 - Jan 25

Interview program coordinators and Program space allocations


January 30 - Feb 1

Programming due. Tour Hawley Hall


February 6 - Feb 8

Schematic designs and critique designs.


February 13 - Feb 15

Refine design into a final plan.


February 20 - Feb 22

Draft plan and detail drawings.


Feb 27 - March 1

Critique design drawings.


March 6 - March 8

Spring Break


March 13 - March 15

Revise design and select finishes


March 20 - March 22

Work on presentation boards.


March 27 - March 29

Design presentation and critique.


April 3 - April 5

Assign office layout project.


April 10 - April 12

Systems furniture visit showrooms.


April 17 - April 19

Systems furniture paraline drawings


April 24 - April 26

Systems furniture analysis due


May 1 - May 3

Office layout systems furniture.


May 10 1:00-3:00

Final Exam -Present office layout.

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, notify the instructor by email prior to class for an excused absence. Individuals are allowed 3 absences which will be recorded as Excused. The 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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