AR396B Interior Design Studio III: Furniture Design

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396_b Interior Design Studio 3: Furniture Design



Course Number: 396b

Course Title: Interior Design Studio 3: Furniture Design

Pre-requisite: AR 299a + AR299b

Co-requisite: AR 396a


Term Dates: August 23, 2004 – December 19, 2004

Meeting Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday + Wednesdays

Location:  TBA


Instructor: Jason Ayers, Assoc. AIA, LEED A.P.

816.474.2233 (w)


Office Hours: By appointment


Mission Statement:

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 community.


Vision Statement:

Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.


Course Description:

This intermediate studio will build on the design concepts introduced in AR294 and AR295, with an emphasis on furniture design.  Students will design furniture as well as incorporate furniture selection and design into both residential and public space design projects.  As in previous studios, the design process will be the framework for all project development.  Material from co-requisite courses will be incorporated into design projects.  1:5:3


Course Objectives:

On completion of this course, students should be skilled at developing and evaluating design prototypes for multiple projects, varying in scale.  The student should be able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of anthropometrics and ergonomics by completing a series of projects.  The student will investigate the use of materials, tools and techniques to translate design concept to finish prototype. In addition, students will be able to:


·                  Use catalogues, manufacturer’s representatives, showrooms and other resources to choose appropriate furniture for a project.


·            Evaluate furniture based on construction method and quality of materials.


·            Design a series of furniture pieces, graphically communicating design concepts using sketches and drawings, construction details and models.


·            Design and produce construction and presentation drawings for a piece of custom furniture in the context of an interior space.




·         Text and related readings

·         Lectures, discussions, and speakers

·         Tests

·         Studio projects

·         Individual and group critiques


Course Textbooks:


Furniture Design, New York, NY, teNeues Publishing Company, July 2003


Fuad-luke, Alastair, EcoDesign, the source book, San Francisco, CA, 2002


Course Requirements:

Please refer to attached schedule for assignments and projects.


Academic Dishonesty:

“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.  Students 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.  Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should consult their instructors.”


Attendance Policy:

Class attendance is expected and required.  Three unexcused absences will drop the final course grade one full letter grade.


Late Submission of Course Material:

Late assignments will be automatically downgraded one letter grade unless accompanied with a documented excused absence.


Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Come to each class period prepared to work in a studio environment, which includes having the necessary supplies and equipment to complete the required class work and projects.


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 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:




Week 1:




Class Introduction + Overview + Prototype 001

Prototype 001 Development

Week 2:




Prototype 001 Development

Tour of ____/ Prototype 001

Week 3:




Labor Day (No Class)

Tour of ____/ Prototype 001 Crit

Week 4:




Prototype 001 Refinement

Prototype 001 Due

Week 5:




Prototype 002

Tour of ____/ Prototype 002

Week 6:




Prototype 002 Development

Tour of ____/ Prototype 002

Week 7:




Prototype 002 Development

Prototype 002 Crit

Week 8:




Prototype 002 Refinement

Prototype 002 Due

Week 9:




Prototype 003

Prototype 003 Development

Fall Break

Fall Break

Fall Break

Week 10:




Prototype 003 Development

Prototype 003 Crit

Week 11:




Prototype 003 Refinement

Prototype 003 Due

Week 12:




Final Prototype

Final Prototype Development

Week 13:




Final Prototype Development

Final Prototype Crit

Week 14:




Final Prototype Revisions

Final Prototype Crit

Week 15:




Final Prototype Refinement

Final Prototype Due

Week 16:









Grading Plan:


Reports (tours + speakers)           5%

Prototype 001 (light)                   20%

Prototype 002 (surface)              20%

Prototype 003 (comfort)              20%

Final Prototype                          30%

Attendance/Participation              5%

100% - 90% = A

  89% - 80% = B

  79% - 70% = C

  69% - 60% = D

  60 & below = F