AR290 Interior Design Materials & Res.

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AR 290 Interior Design Materials & Res.


FA 2011 HO


Kaleko, Kathy


Adjunct Faculty


B.F.A. Interior Design, Universtity of Kansas B.S. Human Ecology, East Tennessee State University

Office Location

MA 430C

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

August  15, 2011 - December 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

11:35 - 12:50 PM


Art and Design Core

Credit Hours


Binggeli, Corky ASID, Materials for Interior Environments, 2008. NJ:JohnWiley and Sons Inc. Required

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
The Graphic Standards Guide to Architectural Finishes, 2002. NY: Wiley and Son publishing company.

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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:
Design is a process that involves generating ideas, then editing and refining those ideas to produce the final results.  It is both individual and collaborative. It is both creative and meticulous.  It involves critical thinking and effective communication through writing, drawing, describing , modeling, and drafting.  Learning the process of design will enable one to apply the 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.

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:
1.  Prepare for lectures by reading assignments and participating in class discussion
2.  Evaluate Speakers
3. Visit and evaluate design tours
4. Prepare and present 3 product reports
5. Final exam
6. Final project

40 % Product Reports
20 % Speaker and Tour Evaluations
30 % Final Design Project
10 % Final Exam

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Nearly all assignments will have an oral presentation component.  There will be no make up dates for missed presentation.  Work may be turned in at the next class meeting for partial credit with a written excuse attaced.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
AR 290 is primarily a lecture class, but input comes from a variety of sources including outside speakers and student presentations of research.
An attendance sheet will be passed around at the beginning of each class.  Students who miss the attendance sheet are considered as not present and will be mark as absent.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:





1   Tu


August       16


August        18

Introduction to Materials and Resources


Selection and Specification

Assign: Speaker/Tour Reports

Ch 1

2   Tu


August        23

August        25


Speaker: Sustainability

Valerie Frye

Materials and Elements

Material: Plastics and Glass

Assign: Product Reports

Ch 1

Ch 4,8

3   Tu


August        30

September   1

Material : Wood and Metal

Material: Textiles and Leather

Ch 7,5, Appendix Woods in Interiors

4   Tu


September   6

September   9

Scavenger Hunt: Textiles and Leather Material: Stone, Masonry, Concrete


5   Tu


September  13

September  15

Elements: Floors   

Tour: Flooring Distributor  


6   Tu


September  20

September  22

Scavenger Hunt: Flooring    

Elements: Walls         

Ch 9

7   Tu


September  27

September 29  

Tour: Tile Showroom

 Assign: Tile Pattern             

Ch 10

8   Tu


October        4

October        6

Studio: design time

Presentation: Tile Pattern               

Ch 11

9   Tu


October      11

October      13

Fall Break

Fall Break

10 Tu


October      18

October      20

Furniture and Finishes

Tour: Furniture Showroom              

Ch 12

11 Tu


October      25

October      27

Elements: Ceilings

Speaker: Ceiling Representative          

12 Tu


November    1

November    3

Casework: Cabinets, Countertops, Hardware

Tour: Kitchen Showroom/Cabinet                                      Manufacturer


13 Tu



November   8

November 10

Details: Trim, Millwork, Paneling

Assign: Final Product binders

No Class Veterans Day


14 Tu


November 15

November 17

Studio: design time

Studio: design time

15 Tu


November 22

November 24

Studio: design time

Thanksgiving : No Class

16 Tu


November 29

December     1

Due: Product Binders Presentation Due: Product Binders Presentation

17 Tu


December     6

December     7

No Class

Final: 10:15-12:15

*All Speaker/ Tour : dates, times subjet to change. Reports Due next class period

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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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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.

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