Interior Architecture Courses

Code Course Name Description Credits
IARC 110A Applied Design and Color Principles

An exploration of drawing and color as means of representing, exploring and developing design ideas for Interior Architecture. Various media and scales of drawing will be addressed.

IARC 220A Interior Architecture Studio IV

Continues the investigation of the principles presented in IARC 210A, but in projects that are greater in scale and more complex in their programs. Weekly lectures augment design studio explorations.

Prerequisite: IARC 210A. Corequisite: ARCH 222.

IARC 310A Interior Architecture Studio VII

Concepts of form, space, light, color, and material applied to the design of the sustainable workplace. Emphasis is on design strategies that utilize innovative materials, assemblies, and systems. Weekly lectures supplement design studio explorations.

Prerequisite: IARC 220A.

IARC 312 History of Furniture

Examines the role of furniture as an integral part of the history of interior architecture; furniture as an expression of function, production techniques, and design ideas; visits to area production facilities will introduce students to various furniture manufacturing processes.

IARC 313 Building Structures and Systems

Discusses the role of structure and building assemblies related to roofs, ceilings, walls, and floors, as well as the mechanical (HVAC), electrical, plumbing, and waste water systems that must be considered in interior architecture.

IARC 320A Interior Architecture Studio VI

Investigates the role of furniture and product design as integral components of interior architecture. Students will design, detail, and fabricate specific elements that reflect significant specific design ideas related to a major space in their projects. Weekly lectures augment design studio explorations. 

Prerequisite: IARC 310A.

IARC 322A Materials and Methods

Presents the materials, finishes, and components of interior architecture, along with the standards and codes that impact their design, specification, and application. Emphasis on sustainable design approaches and materials selection.

IARC 324 History of Interior Architecture

Examines the major ideas, movements and individuals, and sociocultural forces that have shaped interior architecture over time. Emphasis is on how design has dealt with human use and experience in interior spatial realms. Includes discussions of furniture, textiles, color, lighting, and systems of spatial enclosure.

IARC 410A Interior Architecture Studio VII

Examines the range of spatial and experiential relationships between interior and exterior spaces. Considers the creation of exterior places that may extend the experience of interior realms through elements that are natural and man-made. Weekly lectures augment design studio explorations.

Prerequisite: IARC 320A.

IARC 415 Lighting Fundamentals

The role of lighting in the creation of interior spaces. Covers concepts of natural and artificial lighting design, including distribution and effects, the selection of luminaires, and graphic layouts.

IARC 420A Interior Architecture Studio VIII

The undergraduate capstone project in which students will investigate design strategies leading to buildings and places that will enhance civic life.

Prerequisite: IARC 410A.

IARC 510 Design Thesis I

A self-formulated comprehensive interior architecture project involving an existing abandoned building in need of new life and function within the community. Students will continue the research that began in IARC 513, further documenting existing conditions, developing realistic building programs, and creating comprehensive schematic design alternatives for the reuse of the building they have selected to explore. Independent research and the development of thesis designs are supported by a Thesis Committee consisting of a Chair and two faculty members from the School of Architecture.

IARC 512 Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED)

An introduction to conceptual and technical approaches to the design of sustainable environments and building practices. Specific building assessment guidelines such as the LEED standards will be addressed, along with sustainable construction practices with which to produce buildings that are healthy, productive places to work, less costly to operate and maintain, and will have a reduced environmental footprint. The course uses the LEED Green Associates Exam as the framework for its content.

IARC 513 Thesis Research

Introduces research methods to assist in the formulation of the Design Thesis project undertaken in the final year of study. Includes case studies, investigations of professional literature and other primary sources, and extensive building documentation, including measured drawings.

IARC 514 Issues in Contemporary Interior Architecture

An examination of emerging issues in the field of Interior Architecture. Emphasis is on innovative technologies to achieve sustainable interiors, as well as the ever-changing design challenges facing the profession.

IARC 516 Visual Culture and the Built Environment

An examination of the ways in which historic and contemporary architecture and urban development is shaped by diverse world cultures, social and economic differences, universal design approaches, and other factors.

IARC 520 Design Thesis II

A continuation of IARC 510 (Design Thesis I), with a focus on more expansive and detailed design explorations. This phase of the Design Thesis will result in a completed design project focusing on adaptive reuse strategies with an emphasis on sustainable design principles.

IARC 522 Detailing Interior Architecture

This course explores the detail as an expression and extension of design intention. Interior detailing involves the focused examination of how materials are selected, joined, manipulated, and applied. Materials research and other studies will aid in the technical awareness of the student. Drawings will be developed at large scales (1:1, 1:2, 1:5) to better understand specific detailing methods. Mock-ups of prototypical details will be created to help refine the development process and emphasis will be placed on sustainable building materials and fastening systems. Details resulting from these explorations may become integral aspects of the Design Thesis.

IARC 525 Thesis Documentation

Each graduate student will assemble a Thesis Document fully describing and illustrating the research, thesis underpinning the project, the design process and methodology, and the final design (the project synthesis). At the conclusion of this documentation, the the book will be added to the School’s Thesis Library, as part of a research repository for all faculty and students.

IARC 599 A Principles of Adaptive Reuse

A course exploring the specific architectural, construction, and professional practice issues related to the repurposing of existing/historic structures.