KA6036 - Interior Architecture Project 3.1

What will I learn on this module?

This module provides you with a platform for your individual analysis and interpretation of the requirements and objectives for complex design proposals within a given context. You will research relevant paradigms within an individual framework of investigation and you will appraise extant histories, narratives, spatial and environmental conditions and atmosphere within a given site to evaluate their impact on and contribution towards an individual proposal for re-use and adaptation. You will synthesise your creative knowledge, practice and theoretical motivation within interior architecture and building adaptations to self-direct and express your response to complex, site defined briefs. Project briefs will provoke responses to specific interior architectural conditions and typologies relating to place, form, interior architectural language, material, construction and, sustainability alongside a written and illustrated study of and the professional context within which your design ideas are framed. You will articulate fluent 2D and 3D communication skills to realise and represent order, integrative detailing and poetic assemblage within your interior architectural propositions.

How will I learn on this module?

This design project module will be delivered using a combination of individual or group tutorials, supported by additional workshops and set project work. Where applicable, projects will include site visits within the local. Presentations and lectures will introduce project briefs, theories and associated thematic information whilst studio-based tutorials support you through your learning journey. The participatory weekly design tutorial at which you will explain how and why your proposals are developing, you will work in groups and individually within design projects, with increasing autonomy as you develop you own design intent. Tutorials provide you with a forum to discuss individual or group progress and your associated project work with staff and peers. 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. Directed learning will allow you to research any thematic issue raised within your tutorials, and you will be encouraged to develop your independent learning skills to manage your progress, subject development and approach, this will allow you to investigate and critically appreciate your own themes in response. You will also benefit from peer support and peer learning within the studio environment.

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 discuss the development of your ideas and solutions to the design projects and agree strategies for achieving your design intent. In addition, you will benefit from progress reviews at key intervals as formative assessment 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. Lectures and seminars are also employed to support your design project journey and your knowledge of the applicable professional framework. You are encouraged to participate in discussions about your work, your development and that of your peers. 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, this will allow you to research issues raised in tutorials and independent learning will allow you to investigate your own themes, ideas and clarify and control your intent. Written feedback will be provided at summative assessment points to help you reflect, develop and learn. An open-door policy provides further support should this be required. All module material will be available on the eLearning Portal (ELP) so that you can access information when you need to and we operate an open-door policy to help support student learning 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. Conceptualise and realise an appropriate proposition with flexibility and agility that demonstrates considered judgements of the spatial, aesthetic, technical and social qualities of an idea.

KU 2. Formulate and contextualise interior architecture solutions that demonstrate an advanced appreciation of the influence that history, theory, context and precedence have upon a site-specific adaptive proposal.

KU 3. Articulate and appraise a complex interior architecture solution to ensure an appropriate design response through an evaluation of procurement routes, the financial implications of design and construction and the aspirations and requirements of clients or end users.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
IPSA 1. Evidence advanced research and analytical skills with consideration of the influences of the physical, artistic and cultural contexts on a self-managed design process

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
PVA 1. Critically engage with the ethical, professional, legal and social responsibilities of a design professional within the production of personal and professional documentation

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 Summative assessment is of 1) a submitted design project and 2) a Professional Practice Report.

1) Interior Architecture Project 3.1 (75%);
a detailed building adaptation solution for a complex design proposition in response to a set, self-determined or live project brief.75

2). Professional Practice Report (2000-word equivalent) (25%);
an illustrated report outlining the application of regulatory and legislative frameworks to your “Interior Architecture Project 3.1” design project.%)
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 portfolio reviews at the end of the module.





Module abstract

This project-based module provides you with the opportunity to synthesise your detailed appreciation of space, form and building adaptation through the creation and realisation of a complex interior architecture project and its professional context within an illustrative report. You will articulate your advanced design skills, creative process and an advanced application of sustainable environmental strategies within your interior architectural proposition, demonstrating lateral thinking and independent enquiry for a complex design setting. Through a comprehensive exploration of 2D and 3D design communication and physical making processes, you will generate detailed building adaptation solutions for a complex proposition that synthesises your appreciation of context, place, language, form, materials and construction with cognisance of professional regulatory and legislative frameworks. You will articulate a detailed appreciation of the principles and thinking required to design socially sustainable, ethical solutions through the application of a range of technological design skills and sustainable environmental strategies. Verbal, written and drawn feedback and assessment is provided formatively at strategic stages and summatively at the end of the project and your management report submission to provide ongoing guidance and to establish opportunity for reflection and independent learning.

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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