AR290 Interior Design Materials & Res.

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AR 290 Interior Design Materials & Res.


UU 2012 HOZ


Boehr, Kay Miller


Associate Professor of Interior Design


Master of Architecture
Professional Memberships: IIDA, IDEC, registered architect

Office Location


Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone

816-914-8980 (cell)


Semester Dates

June 4 - July 27, 2012

Class Days


Class Time


Credit Hours




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

Student will be expected to use additional resources, including textbooks supplied by professor as well as primary sources and the internet.

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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 both creative and meticulous.  It is a process that involves generating ideas, then editing and refining those ideas before producing the final result.  The steps in the design process are universal and can be applied to any design problem, whether it is a written document, the design of a space or the design of a product.

As a teacher, I articulate what I have learned as a professional architect and designer, sharing my accumulated knowledge and skills with the students. This information is the basis for a variety of activities that reinforce core learning objectives.  Students observe, evaluate, collaborate and create as they approach each assignment as a design problem. Students communicate design concepts visually and orally using the appropriate visual communication tools for the phase of design: drawing, drafting (by hand or computer), board building and models.

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:

  • Weekly reports on assigned readings
  • Materials Analysis reports
  • Core Assessment project: Application of Materials in Interior Environment



80%     Weekly Reports
20%    Final Project: Application of Finish Materials

Grading points required:         A: 90 and above          D: 60 to 69

                                                            B: 80 to 89                   F: Below 60

                                                                                C: 70 to 79

Late Submission of Course Materials:

  • All written work must be turned in by posting on E-Companion the day that it is due.
  • Work will not be accepted more than 24 hours late.
  • If extraordinary circumstances occur that result in a student needing additional time to complete assignments, arrangements must be made to make up work prior to or at the time it is due. Make these arrangements via e-mail.
  • The Core Assessment Project (final) must be presented to the professor in person.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

·         Since this course is an independent study, self-directed learning is expected. The student will be assigned a weekly report that will require readings from several sources including textbooks, the internet and local resources such as manufacturer’s representatives, showrooms, and suppliers.

·         The student and the professor will plan a schedule of meetings to discuss the topics and review work. If either the student or the professor is not able to attend the meeting, each is expected to contact the other 24 hours in advance and reschedule at the other’s convenience.

·         If the student must miss a scheduled meeting, and she gives advance notice, her absence will be excused. Three excused absences will be allowed without penalty. The fourth and subsequent absences will be considered unexcused and each will result in a 10% deduction from the final grade.

·         If the student misses any meeting without advanced notice, her absence will be unexcused. Each unexcused absence will result in a 10% deduction from the final grade.

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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.

Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 96

Disability Guidelines:
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AR290 Schedule: Summer, 2012

Product Reports: Assignment

Report 1: Assignment

Report 2: Assignment

Core Assessment Project: Final Assignment


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