KA5016 - Interior Architecture Project 2.2

What will I learn on this module?

Synthesising the principles, practices and design motivations of Interior Architecture forms the core learning journey of this module. Combining your advancing appreciation and interpretation of context, narrative and spatial awareness with an appreciation of the management of design proposals will expand your personal attitude towards existing space, building adaption proposals and creative re-use.; project briefs will provoke responses to specific architectural conditions and typologies relating to place, form, language, material and construction. In addition, you will critically synthesise the broader issues of design practice and management. Working independently and collectively, you will advance your critical learning skills and your reflective attitude to the iterative process of interior architecture and creative reuse.

How will I learn on this module?

This design project module will be delivered using a combination of individual or group tutorials, workshops and set project work. Where applicable, projects will include site visits within the local. Presentations will introduce project briefs and associated thematic information whilst studio-based tutorials 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 design reflection and the progression of your project work. Direct learning will allow you to research any thematic issue raised within your tutorials and independent learning will allow you to investigate your own themes in response.

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 a creative reuse solution that integrates an analysis of the social, spatial and narrative contexts of the site with the functional, social, aesthetic and technical requirements of a set design brief.

KU 2. Articulate an individual attitude on the strategic and integrative relationship between the user, interior, structure, materiality and sustainability within a site-specific creative reuse design solution.

KU 3. Identify, evaluate and articulate the professional roles and responsibilities of an interior architecture within design and construction projects

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 site specific, physical, artistic and cultural contexts on the design process

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
PVA 2. Develop and communicate an awareness of the wider ethical and environmental contexts of interior architecture within the process of design and construction.

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 1) a submitted design project and 2) a Professional Practice Report
1. Interior Architecture Project 2.2 (75%);
a medium scale creative reuse design project that responds to site conditions and the needs of building users within a set or live project brief.

2. Professional Practice Report (2000-word equivalent) (25%);
an illustrated report that demonstrates an awareness of the management principles of your “Interior Architecture Project 2:2” design project for end users within an adapted, existing building.%)
MLO: KU2, KU3, PVA1, PVA 2

Feedback will be offered in verbal, written and drawn forms, which will provide advice for further development and a critical appraisal of 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 your creative process to advance your understanding of creative re-use as an approach to Interior Architecture. You will expand your existing understanding of context, interdisciplinary contemporary thought with an increased awareness of environmental literacy and the management of the design process. You will build upon your existing design awareness, advancing your exploration of 2D and 3D communication and physical making skills to explore design solutions that adapt existing spaces with an emphasis on narrative. Through medium scale interior architecture design investigations, you will advance your creativity skills, your critical thinking, experimentation and independent judgement. This knowledge will be synthesised to create meaningful interior architecture proposals and advance your understanding of building adaption and creative re-use within existing environments. Projects will encourage you to explore specific design typologies and themes associated with place, language, human scale, narrative exploration, form making and the influence of site characteristics within the remodelling of existing spaces, along with materials and construction. You will apply the principles and thinking required to design socially sustainable, ethical and environmentally aware design solutions that employ an informed application of materials and , construction methodologies and illustrate an awareness of the management of your design projects for end users.

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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