KA6038 - Interior Architecture Project 3.2

What will I learn on this module?

Within this module you will synthesise your creative knowledge of interior architecture and building adaptation within a self-directed and expressive responses to a complex, site defined brief. You will realise a comprehensive design proposition that will develop from your individual response to context conditions, typological studies and end user needs that draws upon your research enquiry into narrative, volume, atmosphere and form. Your self-directed approach will develop rigorous responses to building adaptation with cognisance of their impact upon and contribution to the genius of place within a holistic body of work, from inception to detail and resolution. You will design with ownership of the poetic assemblage of your scheme, whilst exploring individual and imaginative methods of ideas development, communication and resolution. You will exhibit your design portfolio and personal development to a professional standard to express your knowledge and understanding to a wider audience. In addition, you will critically synthesise the broader issues of interior architectural practice, management and sustainability. Working independently and collectively, you will articulate your control of critical learning skills and a reflective attitude to the iterative process of interior architectural design.

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, we operate an open-door policy to help support student learning and for further support should you need it. 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. 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. Articulate a personal framework of appropriate, rigorous and scholarly design processes and methods within an individual project that responds to the unique character of place and context.

KU 2. Contextualise and express a critical appreciate of the integrative nature of extant context, fabric and constraints with the aesthetic, spatial, material, sustainable and societal requirements of an end user within a self-determined complex interior architecture proposition.

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
IPSA 1. Articulate design intent through an authoritative appropriation of manual and digital 2D and 3D visual communication methods and media for a wider audience

IPSA 2. Recognise design constraints to generate, test and develop ideas into appropriate design solutions with an integrative relationship between its interior and human scale occupation.

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
PVA 1. Demonstrate personal development in terms of self-motivation, management, confidence and imagination, allowing you to develop an enquiring, disciplined and open mind.

PVA 2. Apply relevant, professional and creative communications skills to the production of personal and professional documentation.

How will I be assessed?

Formative assessment will take place within 1) regular tutorials and at interim reviews to provide ongoing developmental guidance and reflection within each of the projects, towards all MLO’s and 2) a professional summary, comprising of a CV and digital folio of work, towards MLO’s PVA1, PVA2.

Summative assessment is of the two submitted design project components;
1. Interior Architecture design project 3.2 (80%);
a comprehensive, self-directed design proposal for the adaptation of an existing building or buildings in response to a self-determined or set location, thematic, territory or live project context.

2. Exhibition communication project (20%);
a comprehensive, synoptic presentation of a design project as an exhibited, self-directed illustrative and curated synthesis of advanced 2D and 3D communication skills.

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

Within this module you will have the opportunity to synthesise an individual attitude towards interior space, creative reuse and the adaptation of existing buildings via a comprehensive design project that simulates authentic practice and presents your ideas within a final year exhibition to a wider and professional audience. You will articulate a detailed understanding of the relationship between the existing and your proposed alteration within self-directed and expressive responses to complex, site defined briefs with advanced appreciation of context, poetic assembly, form and materiality. You will articulate an individual attitude towards narrative and the manipulation of language within a complex spatial programme whilst demonstrating authoritative technological design skills and applied sustainable strategies. You will articulate a comprehensive appreciation of the ideologies and thinking required to design socially sustainable, ethical and environmentally aware interior architecture within an individual framework or enquiry as you express your personal development and professional skills through a portfolio of personal and professional work within a final exhibition. You will receive verbal, written and drawn feedback and assessment on your design project work in two ways; formatively within regular tutorials, at key stages to provide ongoing guidance, and summatively at the end of each project 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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