symbol and number: AR290
title: Interior Design Materials and
course being taught: Fall 2004
faculty member: Kay Miller Boehr
of faculty member: Assistant Professor of Interior Design
office location: MA430D
office hours: Monday and Friday, 9:00 – 11:00 am
and 1:30-2:00 pm/
Tuesday and Thursday 8:15-8:45 am
office telephone number: 816-584-6705
Park e-mail address:
faculty e-mail address: _____________
web page address: _____________
of the term: August 23 through December 17, 2004
Session Days: Tuesday and Thursday
session time: 3:50-5:05 pm
The mission of Park
University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to
academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically,
communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global
Park University will be a
renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities
for learners within the global society.
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 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.
FACULITY’S 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. It is both creative and
meticulous. It involves critical thinking and effective communication through
writing, drawing, describing, modeling
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
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.
Upon completion of
this course, students will be able to:
List and describe the various
materials used as architectural elements in an interior 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
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
Life safety codes and
McGowan, Mary Rose.
Specifying Interiors: A Guide to Construction and FF&E for Commercial Interiors
Projects. New York: John Wiley &Sons,
Ching, Francis D.K.,
Interior Design Illustrated. New York, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1987.
Pile, John. Interior
Design, 3rd edition. New York: Harry Abrams, Inc., 2003.
Specifications for Commercial Interiors. New York: Whitney Library of
Assessment will be based on:
Preparing for lectures by reading
assignments and participating in discussion.
Completing a series of “Scavenger
Hunts” for products made of various materials.
Preparing and presenting three
Product Reports and one F.F.& E. report.
Visiting and evaluating two design
CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT
is a primarily a lecture class, but input comes from a variety of sources
including outside speakers and student presentations of research.
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.
value of this class is diminished for all when students are absent. Attendance
at all classes is required, but since “things 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.
LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE
Nearly all assignments will
have an oral presentation component. There will be no make up dates for missed
presentations, but work may be turned at the next class meeting for partial
credit if a written excuse is attached.
Scavenger Hunts (4) 05%
Product and FF&E reports (4) 40%
Speaker and showroom visit evaluations 15%
Design project (final) 30%
Quiz: final 10%
Grading points required: A: 90 and above D: 60 to 69
B: 80 to
89 F: Below 60
C: 70 to 79
The statements below are
directly from Park University Undergraduate Catalogue and are Park University
Academic Honesty is required of all members
of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism
on tests, examinations, papers, or other course assignments. Learners who
engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.
Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of
the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original
work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Learners who are
uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their
Instructors are required to keep attendance records and
report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but
missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through
unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but
unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive
weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be
administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not
be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a
course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans
Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused
absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the
appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports
of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for
students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will
be reported to the appropriate agency.
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 learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990,
regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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:
The Role of the
Finishes in Design
Codes, ADA and
Product report sign ups
McGowan, chpt. 1
McGowan, chpt. 2
Materials: Wood and
Scavenger Hunt #1
Scavenger Hunt #2
McGowan, chpt. 3
Tour and Speaker:
Scavenger Hunt #3
Masonry, Gyp Bd and
Tour: Case Supply
Scavenger Hunt #4
McGowan, chpt. 4, pp.
154 - 207
Wall Product Reports
McGowan, chpt. 4, pp.
118 - 144
FALL BREAK: October 18 - 22
countertops, decorative hardware
Speaker: counter top
Elements: doors & hard-ware, windows, stairs, and fireplaces
F.F. & E./specifying
vs purchasing Furniture
All speaker and
Reports/catch up on reports
All reports due
Work on Final
Assignment in Class
Dec. 13 - 17
December 14, from 3:00 – 5:00