KA5015 - Interior Architecture Project 2.1

What will I learn on this module?

Synthesising the principles, practices and theoretical motivations of the architectural design process within interior architecture forms the core learning journey of this module. Combining an independent appreciation and interpretation of conceptual notions with an advanced understanding of physical context, narrative and spatial awareness within an existing built environment, your set project briefs will provoke responses to specific existing spatial conditions and typologies relating to place, form, architectural language, human-scale material and construction within the remodelling of existing space. You will enrich existing 2D and 3D communication skills to realise and represent design propositions within the context of building intervention and alteration, exploring methods of manual, digital and mixed media representation. Working independently and collectively, you will develop critical learning skills and an evaluative attitude to the iterative process of design.

How will I learn on this module?

This design project module will be delivered using a combination of individual and group tutorials, workshops and set project work. Where applicable, projects will include site visits within the local. Presentations will introduce project briefs and their associated thematic information; seminars will help you to develop your visual communication skills and studio-based tutorials will support you through your learning journey. The participatory weekly design tutorial provides you with a forum to discuss personal or group progress and your associated project work. Tutors will provide you with formative feedback in a variety of forms to support you in your personal reflection and with the progression of your project work. Directed learning will allow you to research any thematic issues raised within your tutorials, whilst your independent learning will allow you to investigate your own themes in response and being situated within the design studios will help you to develop peer learning and peer support skills.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

You will be supported through weekly tutorials as the primary conduit for your design project discussion where you will receive formative feedback from your tutor. In addition, progress reviews at key intervals form collegiate occasions for further guidance and formative assessment of your work. Periods of self-directed learning are essential for your personal research, creative explorational and development of project work whilst we have an open-door policy so that you can seek further support should you need it.
Direct participation in design tutorials, group discussion and associated taught content is essential to your development. The formative feedback you receive each week can be a variety of forms; verbal, written and drawn, and is provided throughout the duration of the module. Written feedback will be provided at summative assessment points to help you reflect, develop and learn. In addition, project briefs, presentations, relevant associated module information and specific reading lists will be uploaded to the eLearning Portal (Blackboard), so that you can access module content when needed. The university library offers support through its extensive physical and on-line resources, through e-reading lists. In addition, guidance on developing academic study skills, is provided by the Ask4Help facility.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
KU 1. Articulate the context of a specific site through analysis of its spatial and aesthetic qualities

KU 2. Develop an interior architectural solution that integrates the social, aesthetic and functional requirements of a brief

KU 3. Articulate an individual attitude on the integrative relationship between the user, interior and the existing building

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
IPSA 1. Apply advanced research and analytical skills with consideration of the influences of interior architectural histories and theories.

IPSA 2. Apply advanced research and analytical skills with consideration of the influences of the physical, artistic and cultural contexts on the design process

IPSA 3. Formulate appropriate manual and digital 2D and 3D visual communication methods and media to convey and evaluate design ideas with understanding of architectural drawing conventions .

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
PVA1. Manage and appraise your working practices and problem solving within deadlines in a logical and lateral manner

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within regular tutorials and at interim reviews to provide ongoing developmental guidance and reflection within each of the projects, towards all module learning outcomes.

Summative assessment is of a single submitted design project covering all MLO’s …
Interior Architecture Project 2.1 (100%)
KU1, KU2, KU3, ISA1, ISA2, ISA3, PVA1

Feedback will be offered in verbal, written and drawn form which will provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of their work and performance. Moderation of summative assessment will take place in project reviews at the end of the module.





Module abstract

This project-based module advances your holistic design skills and creative process knowledge through advanced investigations in and the communication of integrated interior architecture design proposals. The taught content will advance your understanding of context and the disciplines associated with contemporary interior thought with an applied environmental literacy. You will advance your existing design awareness and your analysis and manipulation of 2D and 3D manual and digital communication skills and physical making processes within your design solutions. Through medium scale interior architecture design investigations, you will advance you creative skills, critical thought, experimentation and independent judgement within a more advanced setting, synthesised to create meaningful interior architecture proposals to a set project brief. This project will encourage you to explore specific typologies and themes associated with place, language, human scale, narrative exploration, form making and the influence of site characteristics within the creative reuse of existing space. You will appraise the principles required to design socially sustainable, ethical and environmentally aware interior architecture solutions that employ an informed application of materials and construction methodologies.

Course info

UCAS Code W251

Credits 40

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years Full Time or 4 years with a placement (sandwich)/study abroad

Department Architecture and Built Environment

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2024 or September 2025

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