AR290 Interior Design Materials & Res.

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AR 290 Interior Design Materials & Res.


FA 2009 HO


Knowles, Evelyn


Assistant Professor

Office Location

MA 430C

Office Hours

Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 - 11:30

Daytime Phone

816-584-6468 during office hours

Other Phone



Semester Dates

August 17, 2009 to December 11, 2009

Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM

Credit Hours



Godsey, Lisa. (2008) Interior Design Materials and Specifications. NY: Fairchild Books.
ISBN: 978-1-56367-487-7

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

The Graphic Standards Guide to Architectural Finishes, 2002. NY: Wiley & Sons publishing company.
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. Students are expected to treat everything related to this class with respect including places we visit, speakers, classmates, the instructor and the classroom. It is essential to have an atmosphere of respect for all in order to truly learn from them.

Learning must build on prior knowledge to be useful and accessible when needed. Because materials are tangible, not abstract, visual images and actual samples will be used for learning. The foundation for learning about materials will be a description of the material, its inherent properties, and common uses. The second level of learning will include information on alternative uses, sources where it can be found, performance criteria and code issues. The third level of learning will add installation methods and writing specifications for using the material.

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:

Assessments in this course are numerous and multifaceted. You will need to complete many assignments to earn a grade in this course. This course is preparing you to be a professional interior designer by introducing you to the resources available to professional interior designers with an outcome of producing a product sample binder and specifications as a professional would prepare.

Professional Resources: You will write evaluations of the speakers who come to our class and the showrooms we visit.

Professional Outcomes: You will compile a sample product binder for a design project and you will write specifications of products used in the interior design project.  

Academic Outcomes: There are short quizzes over the textbook and a final exam over information presented in the class.


20%Speaker and showroom evaluations

25%Sample Product Binder

20%Product Specifications

10%Short quizzes- These will be short answer with open book over the textbook chapters. To be submitted through eCompanion drop box prior to the start of class the day the chapter is listed on the schedule

20%Final exam - multiple choice questions

5%   Class participation - You are expected to demonstrate an attitude of wanting to learn about products used for interior finishes. This is demonstrated by asking questions over the products and their uses, or the assignments. Asking questions about your grade demonstrates the opposite, an attitude of not wanting to learn.

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, showing underwear, or wearing t-shirts or flip flops on class visits or when we are having a presentation.

Individuals are allowed three excused absences. The final semester grade will be lowered a full grade for each additional absence from class. For an excused absence, notify the instructor by email prior to class of the illness or emergency.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Fall 2009 Weekly Schedule    AR290 Interior Design Materials and Resources

Week 1   August 18                              Introduction to Materials and Resources

August 20                              Sustainability and indoor air quality issues for interior materials

Week 2 August 25                              Specifying materials and finishes, and code issues

August 27                              Metals chapter 12 and hardware – speaker from Emtek Hardware         

Week 3 September 1                        Wood chapter 22

September 3                        Visit cabinet manufacturer McCartney Cabinets North Kansas City

Week 4 September 8                        Textiles chapter 15

September 10                      Visit fabric showroom – Interior Resources, Parkville, MO

Week 5 September 15                      Textiles

September 17                     Carpet - speaker from Cambridge carpets

Week 6 September 22                      Molded Plastics chapter 21

September 24                      Laminates - visit fabricator Top Shop Liberty, MO

Week 7 September 29                      Paint chapter 20

October 1                              Coatings – speaker from Sherwin Williams

Week 8 October 6                             Glass chapter 13

October 8                             Brick chapter 10

                October 14-16                       Fall break

Week 9 October 20                           Ceramic tile chapter 17 – speaker from Dal-Tile

October 22                            Gather samples for product binders

Week 10 October 27                            Stone and masonry chapter 11

October 29                           Granite visit Case Supply 14851 W. 101 Terr. O.P. KS

Week 11November 3                         Present Product Binders

November 5                         Present Product Binders

Week 12November 10                       Ceilings chapter 8 - speaker from Wagner Products

November 12                        Research assignment on specifications

Week 13November 17                        Visit new construction

November 19                       Speaker – commercial design

Week 14 November 24                       Evaluations of showrooms and speakers due

November 26                       Thanksgiving

Week 15December 1                          Present specification projects

December 3                          Review for final exam

Week 16 December 10                        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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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