Interior Architecture / Design Courses

Code Course Name Description Credits
IARC 114 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 124 Design Drawing and Color

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.

 Prerequisite: ARCH 110. Corequisite: ARCH 120. 

IARC 215 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 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. 5
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. 6
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. 3
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. 3
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. 6
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. 3
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. 5
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. 3
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. 5
IARC 508 History of Architecture and Interiors A course which studies architecture as unified, coherent structures made up of elements and systems which must have an integrated relationship of form, space, and order. Includes study of the socio-economic conditions and the technical advances in materials which often dictated the styles. 3
IARC 510 Design Thesis I An advanced, comprehensive graduate capstone studio project in which students will explore alternative designs for the interiors of an existing building in need of new life and function within the community. Students will choose a project from an array of unused or underutilized buildings harboring high transformational potential. Students will investigate existing conditions, develop realistic building programs, and create comprehensive schematic design alternatives for the building they choose to explore. Weekly lectures augment design studies inquiries. 6
IARC 512 LEED for Interior Architects Presentation and analysis of the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED?) Green Building Rating System for Commercial Interiors established by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Covers sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor air quality and innovation, and the design process. 3
IARC 514 Issues in Contemporary Interior Architecture An examination of emerging issues in the field of interior architecture. Emphasis will be on innovative technologies to achieve sustainable interiors, as well as the ever-changing design challenges facing the profession. 3
IARC 520 Design Thesis II Part II of the graduate capstone studio project in which a schematic design from the previous semester is developed through the early design development phase. The entire Thesis project will emphasize adaptive re-use strategies that focus on sustainable design principles appropriate for the proposed project. Requires a formal, comprehensive project review at which students present their year's work to a panel of faculty and practitioners 6
IARC 521 Lighting Fundamentals The role of lighting in the creation of interior spaces. Covers concepts of lighting design, including distribution, effects, luminaires, and graphic layouts. Includes case studies and an analysis of sustainable design practices related to day lighting, energy consumption, and related topics. 3
IARC 522 Detailing Interior Architecture The detail as an expression of design intention. Interior detailing involves the focused examination of how materials are selected, joined, manipulated, and applied. Materials research of historically significant interior details will aid the student's technical knowledge of the subject. 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 complement the drawings and emphasis will be placed on sustainable building materials and fastening systems. 3
IARC 524 Professional Competencies A review of subjects covered in the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ) professional exam, including: ethical and accepted methods of practice; furniture, fixtures, equipment and finish materials; and regulatory standards that impact the design of interior spaces 3
IARC 549 Aesthetics Lecture series and dialogue exploring the fine arts, architecture, sculpture, the written and spoken word and their relationship to present- day design. 3