This 4 week workshop will engage desktop making tools to foster familiarity with digital fabrication in the design of the Interior environment. The student will explore the generation of new tectonic forms through abstract geometrical principles. Components of interior architecture will be modeled and fabricated with rapid prototyping and CNC machines. The course will meet during crit week at the end of the semester. Software requirements: Rhino V5.0(Windows) and Grasshopper plug-in. Major elective: BFA,MDes, MA Prerequisite: Take 3 credits from courses INTAR-2331, INTAR-2377, or INTAR-2356 INTAR majors only
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is defined as a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. Revit is one of the most comprehensive and widely used BIM programs in the world. The software closes the gap between 3D geometry and building component data. This course will introduce students to Revit utilizing a hands-on approach. The class will introduce the essential concepts of the software through weekly class lectures/ tutorials. Weekly assignments will allow students to use their knowledge to complete real-life design tasks. Hands-on exercises will also focus on software interface, creation of parametric families and creation of construction document sets. Participants must have laptop with Windows, w/Parallels recommended for Mac users. Free student download of Revit available. Major elective: BFA,MDes, MA INTAR majors only Prerequisite: Take 3 credits from courses INTAR-2331, INTAR-2377, or INTAR-2356
Choice of advanced design studios offered by the Department of Interior Architecture. Details & studio descriptions are made available to pre-registered students. Advanced Design (Lottery) Studio Presentations by teaching faculty will take place on Tuesday, September 9th and Thursday, February 12th. INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture Department, course not available via web registration Course-related Expenses: students who elect some advanced studios may incur expenses for course supplies or related travel. Anticipated costs will be announced during the lottery studio prsentations held in the department.
This course focuses on the drawing as it serves to convey different design intentions. As a continuation of the basic drawing coursework in the MDes Summer Program, this course will explore advanced techniques in hand drawing and digital representation. Students successfully completing this course will be able to understand the construction of 3D drawings, develop sophisticated digital layouts with image processing software, create CAD based 2D architectural drawings and 3D models, and develop a 3D visualization of a design. The integration of 2D and 3D data, digital materials, as well as the basics of digital lighting and camera work will also be discussed. Major Requirement: MDes INTAR majors only
This course approaches the subject of adaptive reuse through environmental issues, economic analysis and design. These fundamental concepts are applied in real-world projects of reuse to reduce negative impacts to the built environment. Course objectives include an understanding of energy and environmental context, the ability to develop schematic designs for energy efficient interventions in an existing building, the ability to perform basic analyses of the energy and economic performance of building measures and to apply course material to case studies of completed buildings. Students should develop familiarity with energy and environmental impacts associated with the built environment and the rationale for responsible design, energy modeling and calculations, passive and active lighting systems (including daylighting techniques and fenestration) and the thermal performance of buildings including the thermal envelope and passive and active heating systems. The course structure includes a midterm examination, case studies, an individual research paper and a final design project. Major Requirement: MAINTAR majors only
This class introduces the student to different building materials, their properties and characteristics. Through a series of full scale construction projects and material making processes, the student will be asked to explore these materials and their potential in the design of interior structures. Major requirement: BFA INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department, course not available via web registration
While introducing students to the principal concepts of structural design and mechanical systems, the course will attempt to provide a direct link to the built environment with focus on the rehabilitation, preservation and adaptive reuse of existing structures, both historical and contemporary. The presentation of case studies, focus on the structural and mechanical aspects of students' individual studio projects and the excursion to at least one construction site will bridge the gap between class room and the world of building. Major requirement: BFA INTAR majors only
The Design Thesis in the department of Interior Architecture is conceived as a three part sequence beginning with "Investigating Interiority", now positioned in the Spring semester of the penultimate year of the MDes program. Building on the theorectical understandings obtained during that prerequisite course, this semester is designed to assist students to identify a suitable thesis project. The discussions will refer to important precedents, many of which will have been identified during the earlier course. The students will be required to submit their proposals for their own self-choice design project. Through group discussion and individual interviews, outline proposals will be approved in principle, requiring each student to prepare a feasibility report for their proposed Design Thesis. The design phase will take place during the following Spring semester. The completed feasibility report will be submitted for evaluation at the end of the Fall semester. Major requirement:MDes INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department, course not available via web registration
Introduction to means of representation of ideas for Interior Architecture through various types of drawings: orthographics, axonometrics, perspectives, freehand sketching and mixed media. Work will be done on site from existing structures as well as in the studio concentrating on concept development through drawing. Major requirement:BFA INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department, course not available via web registration
This course will examine the major architectural personalities working in Europe (Italy, France, England, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands) and in North America in the period 1800 to 2010. Areas of study will include an examination of adaptive reuse related issues that will be studied in the context of their social, political, technological, and economic circumstances, as they pertain to the design culture of the period. Special emphasis will be given to interior renovations, additions, transformations and other interventions of adaptive reuse. Other areas of study will include the development of architectural drawing, and the way in which designs often evolved through committees, or ongoing consultations among patrons, designers, administrators, and scholars. Attention will also be given to design theory, and the doctrines relating to site, orientation, proportion, decorum, and the commercial design market. This course will be conducted in seminar form with discourse and discussions at the graduate level. Major Requirement: MDes INTAR majors only
This course will examine the major architectural personalities working in Europe (Italy, France, England, Spain, Germany, the Netherlands) and in North America (the U.S.A., Canada and Mexico) in the period 1400 to 2009. Areas of study will include an examination of interior design related issues that will be studied in the context of their social, political, technological, and economic circumstances, as they pertain to the design culture of the period. Special emphasis will be given to interior additions and renovations and other interventions. Other areas of study will include the development of architectural drawing, and the way in which designs often evolved through committees, or ongoing consultations among patrons, designers, administrators, and scholars. Attention will also be given to design theory, and the doctrines relating to site, orientation, proportion, decorum, and the commercial design market. A general background in the history of Art and Design is desirable but not mandatory. Major Requirement for BFA INTAR majors only Art History credit for Interior Architecture majors Liberal Arts elective credit for nonmajors on a space available basis.
The psychology of the client/user are crucial factors influencing the design of the environment and the practice of interior architecture. This course will explore issues of anthropometrics (the study of the characteristics of the human body), ergonomics (the application of anthropometric data to design), and proxemics (the study of the effect of cultural/psychological factors on design). During the semester the student will gather facts about the interaction of the environment and a user's culture, gender, stage of life cycle, and physical characteristics. These ideas will be implemented in the design and construction of an object. Major requirement: BFA INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department, course not available via web registration
This course will focus on factors influencing the design of the interior environment through exploring issues of anthropometrics (the study of the characteristics of the human body), ergonomics (the application of anthropometric data to design), and proxemics (the study of the effect of cultural/psychological factors on design). It will be complemented by a study of acoustics as it relates to the relationship between the built environment and sound; predicting and designing for the acoustic performance of spaces, and executing acoustic measurements (impulse response, reverberations). Major Requirement: MDes INTAR majors only
This course builds on the foundations gained in previous studio and course work by specifically furthering design development abilities. The studio will require the integration of the student's emerging knowledge of site analysis, mapping & documentation, innovative tectonics and systems, applicable theoretical issues, relevant cultural precedents, and precise material investigation into a cohesive design agenda. Major Requirement: MDes INTAR majors only
This course, the first in a sequence, explores design principles through design problems involving the unique fundamental framework for the reuse of existing structures. The semester is arranged around several projects, providing access to the discipline from as many related perspectives. The project assignments require to visually and verbally convey clear design intent, think visually in two and three dimensions, formulate and develop abstract design concepts, discern relationships between design interventions and their physical and contextual setting and develop presentation skills to effectively communicate propositions and positions. Major requirement: BFA INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department, course not available via web registration
Building on the skills and knowledge developed during the first year in the Department, undergraduate students will focus their attention on a project which requires the hypothetical remodeling of an existing building of some complexity for a proposed new use. Major requirement: BFA INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department; course not available via web registration
This lecture course is designed to familiarize students with structural principles and systems as they relate to the study of interior architecture. The course will examine the performance and composition of various structural systems, including wood, lightweight metal, steel, masonry, and concrete structures. To gain an understanding of structures, their materials and components in adaptive reuse, we will visit local examples in the built environment. Major requirement: MDes INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department, course not available via web registration
Routinely defined as "transforming an unused or underused building into one that serves a new use," the practice of adaptive reuse is rich and varied. This lecture course will examine the pluralism of this practice through weekly lectures that focus on these varying aspects. The course will also focus on the differences in the implementation of this practice from countries in Northern Europe with its longstanding regard for reuse to countries with emerging practices such as China and Korea. The lectures will include case studies of buildings, unbuilt projects, and urban assemblages, which will be contextualized in through the common themes which are critical to understanding reuse. Requirements: weekly lectures and discussions, readings, a mid-term examination and a final paper. Major Requirement:MA, MDES INTAR majors only
The use of typography in the 3D space is a compelling one. With both a strong formal dimension and an informational function, typography will provide a coherent program with a real sense of order. If it is applied with a comprehensive system, this sense of unity allows for better communication. The typography display in the space is built with different parts related to one another by a system. In order to understand the nature of a very well organized typographic program, our point of view must be fundamentally structural. Such an approach allows us to discern the sophisticated underlying relationship between parts which creates a sense of wholeness. This Cross-disciplinary course will offer the students of Interior Architecture and Graphic Design the opportunity of working with typography in 3 Dimensional Space. Students will apply the use of proportion, hierarchy, and legibility in two aspects of the 3D space: A Wayfinding project and a Museum Exhibition. The course will explore the methodology required to work with typographic systems in the 3 Dimensional environment, applying the narrative aspect of information. Specific attention will be devoted to exploring the methodology of designing in different scales and the ability to translate 2 dimensional content to a 3 Dimensional display. Studies will include setting text in small and big scales, the use of grids, and the application of a comprehensive system. This course will be concerned with the process which controls the structure and properties of applying big scale typography and further students understanding of how applying information typographically can challenge a space. Through formal, geometric, and spatial analytic processes, students will build systems with two considerations: The interdisciplinary planning and design process between an Architect and a Graphic Designer as well as the application of a Sign System within the Adaptive Reuse project. Also offered as GRAPH 3198. Register in the course for which credit is desired. Major elective, INTAR majors only, others with permission of instructor Open to seniors, graduate students
Time is constantly in flux, and often undervalued in its complexity. However, we can challenge preconceived notions of time and explore alternative methods to express it through the process of making. In the first half of the course, students are given instructions each week to construct, participate, and record a time-based activity or "event." Ranging from dripping paint at different heights to attaching a pen to a moving pendulum, these "event" exercises act as an alternative method to render a duration of time. Students then analyze and interpret each visual through drawing or model to infer systems such as structure, process, duration, and/or other forms of reflection. This enables the visualization of immaterial characteristics often found within the design process. These 2D findings will then undergo 3D manipulations and explorations, applicable to a variety of scales or programmatic purposes. Final outcomes are a "time freeze" series of works including the event and analytical drawings as well as a final 3D model. Students should have a basic understanding of digital model-making and its relation to 3D digital fabrication. Overall, the course is interdisciplinary in its approach to visualizing and fabricating complex data to convey analysis - and maybe even stopping time.
This course is primarily intended to provide some insight into the design objectives of the studio projects of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs of Interior Architecture at RISD. As a studio introduction to Interior Architecture for non-majors, the course will focus on the spatial design concerns of the department focusing on how one carves, creates and occupies built space. Projects will explore the realm of work that begins with an architectural volume and transforms it from the ill-used or obsolete, to new purpose and viability, presented in drawings and models.
This class is primarily intended as a means for students in their year of graduation from the Department to prepare their portfolios for interviews with potential employers and for entry to the professional world of design. Using computer programs which will build upon knowledge already gained, the course will be helpful to all those who wish to gain some knowledge of techniques which will enhance the presentation of design work already completed. This is an essential aspect of the class, and should not be regarded as an opportunity to extend further design work on earlier studios, although some refinement of existing drawings will be necessary. InDesign, Illustrator & Photoshop software required. Graduating Interior Architecture majors only
This studio focuses on creating space as a total environment to convey information - and experience books, literature and knowledge in a new and compelling, possibly even spiritual way. In this project typography and architecture will intersect. The site is within the second floor of the Providence Public Library's historic wing. In this memorable setting, the student's intervention should create a new, rejuvenated sense of space - one where the present and the past are in a dialectical relationship and where each amplifies the value and quality of the other. Space, structure and typography should fuse into an inseparable unity in the inserted volume. Students will integrate the written word with the erected forms using both traditional methods along with more experimental digital technology. The final project should form a space of repose, an ambiance fostering a different exposure to and immersion in knowledge that inspires new ways of thinking and feeling. Open to Seniors and Graduate Level Students
The Design Thesis is the culmination of many graduate programs in the Division of Architecture & Design. It is an opportunity to test a design hypothesis within the structure of a self-created thesis. This workshop is an additional opportunity to refine the Thesis Proposal as a document that will guide the spring Thesis exploration and to begin initial design investigations into the Thesis process. The class will address: 1) the practical requirements required in the Thesis Proposal, 2) design approaches to early concept making in thesis and 3) verbal methods particular to the presentation of design hypotheses. This is not part of the Thesis sequence but highly recommended for all students preparing for the spring Design Thesis. Course Level: Graduate, Intar and Intst majors only
As the final studio in the year-long sequence of studios and seminars focusing on the practice of adaptive reuse, the student will have the opportunity to demonstrate these principles and theories in a complex design project of reuse. With a local city as the setting for the project, students have access to the site and are able to observe and experience firsthand the constraints of an existing structure. Students will also have the opportunity to use city resources such as a city's Department of Planning and Development, Historic District Commission, RI State Council on the Arts, etc. This project will serve as a model for engaging other real-world adaptive reuse applications. This studio will be taught in conjunction with the 3-credit Adaptive Reuse Seminar, INTAR 2363. Major Requirement: MA INTAR majors only
This class introduces the student to an overview of codes and it's implementation through construction details as related to the study of adaptive reuse. It will provide in depth focus on pertinent parts of local and national building codes that address issues affecting interior architecture such as egress, materials, planning, and accessibility. The student will be asked through quizzes as well as short design projects to implement these rules and regulations and to demonstrate a familiarity with the codes. Major requirement:MDes INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department, course not available via web registration
Required for students in the MDes degree program. Under the supervision of their degree project advisor, students are responsible for the preparation and completion of a fully articulated design proposal of their own choice, as described by their "Design Thesis Feasibility Report", submitted at the end of the Fall semester's Design Thesis Preparation class. Major requirement: MDes INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department; course not available via web registration
This course provides students with an opportunity to study how distinct building systems are constructed to form a comprehensive whole. Through case studies, students will examine approaches to integrating a variety of systems, such as structural, electrical, mechanical, plumbing, acoustic, and communication systems. This course will focus on how interior architecture interfaces with existing buildings; the case studies will be of recent works that have altered existing building. Students will be required to use the shop and computers to execute their individual and group assignments. Major requirement: MDes Elective for undergraduate students; INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department, course not available via web registration
This course will be held in conjunction to the final advanced studio of senior UG students and intends to expand the advanced studio project with individual additional design and research studies. Building upon the offered and selected advanced studio, the seminar engages the student with research and design studies that expand the final studio and deepen the research on the selected typology and topic of the parallel studio. This will involve expanded reading, group discussions, testing of typology studies, further conceptual development and a writing component . The seminar should conclude with a booklet and a common exhibit proposal representing a holistic proposal of a given topic. This seminar will work in conjunction to the final studio where all senior students from different advanced studio groups will meet, discuss their projects with their peers and work on individual basis with the instructor on above outlined topics. UG Students in their final year will have the opportunity to expand their final design investigation to a holistic project, create a final book and present the work in a final Department exhibit. Major requirement, INTAR senior majors only
This seminar will be taught in conjunction with a 6 credit Adaptive Reuse Studio, (INTAR 2362) in which the students explore design innovation and its relationship to the constraints of an existing site. The student will select a topic of research in conjunction with their design project, formulate propositions and develop them with a team of advisers. Evidence of such research will culminate in both written form and as part of the design proposal. Major Requirement: MA INTAR majors only
This course will examine the major designers working in the period 1850 to the present. Areas of study will include an examination of design related issues that will be studied in the context of their social, political, technological, and economic circumstances, as they pertain to the design culture of the period. Special emphasis will be given to the history of interior interventions, additions and renovations. Other areas of study will include the development of architectural drawing and other presentation media, and the way in which designs often evolved through committees, or ongoing consultations among the patrons, designers, administrators, and scholars. Attention will also be given to design theory, and the doctrines relating to site, orientation, proportion, decorum, and the commercial design market. A general background in the history of Art and Design is desirable but is not mandatory. Major requirement for BFA INTAR majors only Liberal Arts elective credit for nonmajors on a space available basis.
The objective of this class is to learn basic digital techniques in spatial design. Students successfully completing this course should be able to develop sophisticated digital layouts with image processing software, create CAD based 2D architectural drawings and 3D models, and develop a 3D visualization of a design. In this course, we will also discuss the integration of 2D and 3D data, digital materials, as well as the basics of digital lighting and camera work. Major requirement: BFA INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department, course not available via web registration
This course further develops design principles from the first semester and introduces students to methodological thinking in the relationship between context, scale and use. Real site situations are introduced and students develop individual design processes associating topological relationships between the interior and exterior, at multiple scales of interventions. Students will have the opportunity to explore design issues through both traditional and computer generated design. Major requirement: BFA INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department, course not available via web registration
This course approaches the subject of adaptive reuse through the understanding of the rules and methods of design interventions. Analysis and synthesis regarding construction methods, structure, use, scale and the regulations pertaining to existing structures will be explored. Building on the framework of the International Building Code for Existing Structures, this course also examines the feasibility of reuse as defined by construction regulations and practice. The semester will be based upon case studies of completed projects in adaptive reuse to demonstrate the principles of design and construction within the context of existing structures. Through this course, students develop an understanding for the design process necessary in implementation of adaptive reuse in the design profession. Assigned papers and projects through the semester require the understanding and implementation of these methods and regulations on projects of adaptive reuse. Major Requirement: MA INTAR majors only
This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of color and light as it applies to spatial and visual perceptions in the built environment. It is an opportunity to study color theory in conjunction with light, lighting systems and the effect of light on color. INTAR majors only Registration by Interior Architecture department; course not available via web registration
This course will address new trends, recent developments, avant-garde methodology, and technological innovations in adaptive reuse. The content will change from year to year. Major Requirement: MA INTAR majors only Available to non-majors by permission of instructor
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