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Fall 2020

  1. Advanced Computing: Fundamentals Of Revit

    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.

  2. Advanced Design Studios

    Choice of advanced design studios offered by the Department of Interior Architecture. Details & studio descriptions are made available to pre-registered students.

    Estimated Materials Cost: Varies depending on required studio course supplies or related travel. Anticipated costs will be provided in advance, and announced during the lottery studio presentations held in the department.

    INTAR majors only.

    Registration by Interior Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  3. Advanced Drawing & Computing Tectonics

    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 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.

  4. Applied Building Systems For Adaptive Reuse

    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: MA

    INTAR majors only.

  5. Building Materials

    This class introduces the student to different building materials, their properties and characteristics as they relate to the design of interior, sustainable structures. This will include interior finish materials as well as the understanding of wood, metal, masonry and concrete for projects of reuse. The student will visit sites of material production as part of this course. The course structure includes sketch assignments, a midterm, a final exam.

    Major requirement: BFA

    INTAR majors only.

    Registration by Interior Architecture department, course not available via web registration

  6. Building Structures and Systems For Adaptive Reuse

    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 a construction site will bridge the gap between class room and the world of building.

    Major requirement: BFA

    INTAR majors only.

  7. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of independent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered. Proposals for CSPs are due the semester prior, per the published deadlines in the Academic Calendar.

  8. Design Thesis Prep

    This seminar is the second of the three-part Design Thesis sequence in the department of Interior Architecture. This course is designed to assist students in identifying a thesis topic and respective design project through discussions that include studies of precedents, site related issues, program, and regulations, all of which are specific to adaptive reuse. 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. This completed feasibility report will be submitted for evaluation at the end of the Fall semester. Approved proposals will proceed to the next course in the sequence, where the proposal will be further refined, culminating in the design phase that will take place during the following Spring semester.

    Major requirement: MDes

    INTAR majors only.

    Registration by Interior Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  9. Drawing For Interior Architecture

    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

  10. History Of Adaptive Reuse

    This course will examine the development of adaptive reuse practice in the context of its social, political, technological, and economic circumstances, as it pertains to the design culture of the period. Special emphasis will be given to interior renovations, additions, transformations and other interventions of adaptive reuse. Attention will also be given to design theory, and the evolving doctrines relating to heritage. This course will be conducted in seminar form with graduate level discourse and discussion. Requirements include midterm, final exam and research presentation.

    Major Requirement: MDes

    INTAR majors only.

  11. History Of Interior Architecture I: 1400-1850

    This course will examine personalities working in Europe and in North America as well as non-western regions in the period 1400 to 2009. Areas of study will include an examination of interior architecture 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: BFA

    INTAR majors only.

    Art History credit for INTAR majors.

    Liberal Arts elective credit for non-majors pending seat availability and permission of Instructor.

  12. Human Factors

    The psychology of the client/user influences 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

  13. Human Factors: Ergonomics and Acoustics

    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.

  14. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses. Proposals for ISPs are due the semester prior, per the published deadlines in the Academic Calendar.

    Permission of Instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  15. Intro To Design Studio II

    This course builds on the foundations gained in previous studio and course work to further 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 material investigation into a cohesive design agenda.

    Major Requirement: MDes

    INTAR majors only.

  16. Intro To Interior Studies I

    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 the student 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.

  17. Intro To Interior Studies III

    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.

  18. Professional Internship

    Refer to the 'Internship' section in the Academic Policies portion of this Course Announcement for information on the registration process.

    Permission of Instructor Required

  19. Scheme Detailing

    This course explores the principles of construction and design detailing. The student will detail the construction of a previously designed studio project. Finish materials, window treatments, light fixtures, and furniture will be selected. Construction methods and materials will be examined as well as the performance and appearance retention of finishes. Individual presentations will be made on a variety of traditional and nontraditional materials.

    Major requirement: BFA

    INTAR majors only.

    Registration by Interior Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  20. Structures & Materials For Adaptive Reuse

    This lecture course is designed to familiarize students with structural principles and systems as they relate to the study of interior architecture and adaptive reuse. The course will examine the performance and composition of various structural systems, including wood, lightweight metal, steel, masonry, and concrete structures. Local examples in the built environment will be explored to gain an understanding of structures, their materials and components in adaptive reuse. Course work will be complimented by visits to local examples in the built environment.

    Major requirement: MDes

    INTAR majors only.

    Registration by Interior Architecture department, course not available via web registration

  21. Theory Of Adaptive Reuse

    Defined as "transforming an unused or underused building into one that serves a new use," adaptive reuse is defined by its relationship to context. This lecture course examines the pluralism of this practice through weekly lectures that focus on aspects of heritage, conservation, typology & classification and culture. 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. The lectures will include case studies of buildings, unbuilt projects, and urban assemblages, which will be contextualized through the common themes which are critical to understanding reuse. Requirements: weekly lectures and discussions, readings, a mid-term examination and final presentations.

    Major Requirement: MA, MDes

    INTAR majors only.

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  22. Topics In Exhibition Design & Narrative Environment I

    Topics in Exhibition and Narrative Environments I is the first part in a year-long exploration of a fluid field in which exhibition occurs in museums as well as other environments. This seminar offers various approaches for that exploration and will provide the student insight into different aspects of exhibition: curatorial matters, experience design, narrative creation, graphic design, new media, user participation, installation, site specificity, production, etc. The content may change from year to year to include special projects.

    The content may change from year to year and may include theory, hands-on installation, curatorial matters, research, design planning, materials, new technology, time based interactions, and, of course, design of the narrative environment.

    Major requirement: MDes ENE

    INTAR majors only.

    Registration by Interior Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

Wintersession 2021

  1. Adapting Ephemeralities

    With the constantly evolving nature of scientific initiatives, there is the inevitable: an expiration date upon the toolkits that accompany them. How can the role of time affect the relevancy of innovations? This design-led course invites students to playfully confront and reimagine processes of ideation through the exploration of various types of tools, instruments, and technologies. Students will learn to use mapping as an art and design tool in order to experiment with the transformative potential of inventions that were once considered revolutionary or provocative. As an interdisciplinary class of artists and designers, we will explore objects in order to virtually reconstruct both their physical properties and associated meaning within a given context. Students will gain an awareness for the process of intervening, in addition to a system for evaluating the successes, failures, and appropriation of these ideas.

  2. Collaborative Study

    A Collaborative Study Project (CSP) allows two students to work collaboratively to complete a faculty supervised project of independent study.

    Usually, a CSP is supervised by two faculty members, but with approval it may be supervised by one faculty member. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses, though it is not a substitute for a course if that course is regularly offered. Proposals for CSPs are due the semester prior, per the published deadlines in the Academic Calendar.

  3. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses. Proposals for ISPs are due the semester prior, per the published deadlines in the Academic Calendar.

    Permission of Instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  4. Intro To Interior Architecture For Non-majors

    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 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 one with new purpose and viability, presented in drawings and models.

    Open to all students.

  5. Introduction To Design Studio I: Existing Construct

    Using a local site in Providence, this studio will focus on the fundamentals of documenting an existing structure. These techniques will include, at a minimum, measuring, surveying, photographing, analyzing of materials and construction details, researching databases for relevant, related information and understanding the existing structural and mechanical systems. This information will be organized to create a full architectural documentation set. Documentation will also be explored in model form, building on the skills acquired in Studio Ia. Upon completion of documentation, the students will learn to analyze the existing structure both as an entity and within the adjacent urban context. The studio will also focus on the presentation of such analysis and the possible uses of it in design transformation.

    Major Requirement: MDes

    INTAR majors only.

  6. Introduction To Design Studio I: Transformation & Intervention

    Using an existing site, this studio will introduce the concept of transformation and intervention through a program of new use. The students will propose a design intervention to transform the site for a new program. These interventions will be based on the accommodation of the design program but will also be a response to the analysis completed in Studio Existing Construct. It will require an understanding of the structural system and the issues of egress. The culmination of this studio will result in a design that is conceptually sound and complete in its description as a full architectural proposal in drawings and models. The student will prepare a design proposition including analysis of the existing structure and its inherent existence within the new work.

    Major Requirement: MDes

    INTAR majors only

  7. Portfolio Prep & Production

    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 while this is an essential aspect of the class, it 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.

  8. Site Research Of Ri Infrastructure

    This course will focus on the adaptive reuse potential of a type of RI infrastructure. Over the five weeks of WS, students will analyze the site surrounding that infrastructure so as to understand the complex issues for adding to it. This analysis will take the form of:

    1) Structural studies, precedent studies, site analysis, mapping of demographics.

    2) A physical site model that represents not only its form but also its surrounding context.

    3) An assemblage of existing documentation in a consistent format to serve as base drawings for a future project.

    4) An understanding of the governmental agencies involved with such a piece of infrastructure.

    This course is the preliminary part of a spring sponsored studio in Adaptive Reuse and the work of WS will contribute to it.

    Open to Interior Architecture MA students; LDAR 2nd year students.

    Permission of Instructor required.

Spring 2021

  1. 3-D City and Landscape

    3D visualizations of cities and landscapes capture the imagination and make abstract data tangible. They are used as backdrops in animations, to convey planning scenarios, and increasingly to spatialize different kinds of data from social and physical sciences. This course equips students with tools and skills to create city and landscape models and visualize data using them. Custom software tools will enable students to quickly realize 3D models and visualizations in Rhino and subsequently explore the ethical implications of these models using related readings and class discussions. Students will obtain and utilize geographic data, learning principles and techniques that are adaptable to multiple software platforms. Readings and discussions address the ethics of data-driven spatial visualizations. Students at all levels of coding experience will have the ability to advance their skills, and using materials provided in class will be able to create projects on their own. Rhino software and experience with the program are required. Students interested in adapting methods to other platforms will also be supported. Samples and a full syllabus can be seen at www.peterstempel.com.

    Open to junior and above.

    Also offered as ARCH-1727, IDISC-1727 and LDAR-1727; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  2. Adaptive Reuse Design Studio

    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 site 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 the 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.

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  3. Advanced Computing: Digital Fabrication

    This 12 week seminar 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. Topics will vary from semester to semester. (LAB 06 Digital Fabrication equipment: Laser Cutter, CNC Routing and 3D printing/ Rhino 5.0 V. Windows + Grasshopper plug-in, VCarve)

    Major elective: BFA, MDes, MA

    INTAR majors only.

  4. Advanced Design Studios

    Choice of advanced design studios offered by the Department of Interior Architecture. Details & studio descriptions are made available to pre-registered students.

    Estimated Materials Cost: Varies depending on required studio course supplies or related travel. Anticipated costs will be provided in advance, and announced during the lottery studio presentations held in the department.

    INTAR majors only.

    Registration by Interior Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  5. Codes and Details

    This class introduces the student to an overview of codes and its 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.

  6. Design Thesis

    Required for students in the MDes degree program. Under the supervision of their thesis 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.

  7. Digital Representation & Visual Narratives

    The objective of this class is to employ digital techniques in spatial design. Students successfully completing this course should be able to develop sophisticated digital layouts with image processing software, create 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.

  8. Energy and Systems

    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.

  9. Final Studio Project Seminar

    Building on the final advanced studio in the undergraduate program, the seminar engages the graduating senior with research and design studies that expand the focus of the final studio. This will involve reading, group discussions, topical studies, concept development and the crafting of an artist's statement - all in service of understanding the design intervention and its relationship to the context of its host structure. The course will culminate in a group project: the design and installation of the Senior Show as a demonstration of a design intervention within an existing structure.

    Major requirement; INTAR senior majors only.

    Permission of instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  10. Food, Place & The African Community In Ri

    Far from home, dreaming of the future, and focused on planting roots, Rhode Island's vibrant African community celebrates culture and place through storytelling, traditional foods, and urban agriculture. In this course, RISD students, drawn from all corners of the globe, will use design and narrative to understand and make visible African foodways, and equally to share their own heritage and traditions. RISD's Interior Architecture Department will partner with the African Alliance of RI (AARI) and Sankofa Committee to help showcase this dynamic but less seen demographic to the wider community.

    Information will be shared and gathered through a "Living Library" for listening, telling, and sharing: Additionally, students will tour the urban gardens and work with AARI and Sankofa to catalog African specialty produce and create designs that enhance the process within the African community, and also to introduce and assimilate them into the larger population. Students will design and launch a website that reflects the information gathered and developed over the course of the semester. The students and the partners will celebrate their joint activities with a community harvest feast.

    Estimated Materials Cost: $20.00

    Open to sophomores and above.

  11. Grad Adaptive Reuse Seminar

    This seminar will be taught in conjunction with the 6 credit Adaptive Reuse Studio (INTAR-2362) in which the students explore design innovation and its relationship to the constraints of an existing site. A topic of research in conjunction with the design project will be explored. Students will formulate propositions and develop them with a team of advisers. Evidence of such research will culminate in written and designed form as part of the design proposal.

    Major Requirement: MA

    INTAR majors only

    Permission of instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  12. History Of Interior Architecture II: 1850 To Present

    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: BFA

    INTAR majors only.

    Liberal Arts elective credit.

    Permission of Instructor required.

  13. ISP Major

    The Independent Study Project (ISP) allows students to supplement the established curriculum by completing a faculty supervised project for credit in a specific area of interest. Its purpose is to meet individual student needs by providing an alternative to regularly offered courses. Proposals for ISPs are due the semester prior, per the published deadlines in the Academic Calendar.

    Permission of Instructor and GPA of 3.0 or higher is required.

    Register by completing the Independent Study Application available on the Registrar's website; the course is not available via web registration.

  14. Intro To Interior Studies II

    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.

  15. Principles Of Adaptive Reuse

    This course approaches the subject of adaptive reuse through the understanding of the methods of design interventions. Students will explore the subject through the analysis and synthesis of construction methods, structure, use and scale as they pertain 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 the 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.

    Major Requirement: MA

    INTAR majors only.

    Permission of Instructor required. Course not available via web registration.

  16. Reflective Cartography: Map Making For The Spatial Practitioner

    This course will provide an introduction to cartography from a critical perspective. It takes as its premise that no map is neutral and like art, does not provide a transparent view of the world but instead offers a particular way of looking at it. Maps are seen as situated within political processes, the social context of their making, and as a mode of representation fundamentally rhetorical in nature - arguments for how the world is or should be. The course is meant to give students a foundational understanding of maps to allow them to fold map making into their own creative practices in an informed and reflective way. The course approaches mapping not only as a medium for describing geography, but also as a method for uncovering, revealing, and expressing the biases, positions, and values in one's own creative work. Students will develop mapping skills and abilities to critically engage the representative content of maps through a series of class assignments that culminate with the creation of work associated with a student's current studio project.

    The course is open to students of all majors however it will have greatest resonance and applicability to students pursuing site-based work or that which is strongly informed by spatial concerns. In general classes consist of lecture or seminar-style focused discussion of readings followed by a review, critique, and peer evaluation of weekly exercises. Several workshop/tutorial sessions aimed at building student skills at using a GIS and web mapping will be held. Both digital and hand rendered mapping will be explored through weekly mapping exercises, applying the content covered in class and developing student's mapping skills. A student supplied laptop capable of running ArcGIS Pro is required (Windows - may be a Mac with Bootcamp).

    Estimated Materials Cost: $100.00

    Open to juniors and above.

    Also offered as IDISC-1735 and LDAR-1735; Register in the course for which credit is desired.

  17. Spatial Perception: Light & Color

    This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles of color and light as they apply 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 and form.

    INTAR majors only.

    Registration by Interior Architecture Department; course not available via web registration.

  18. Theory Wkshp: Investigating Interiority

    This seminar is intended as a reinforcement of and preparation for the self-choice Design Thesis taking place the following Spring. The seminar will assist the student in becoming more aware of factors which determine a successful outcome for a design intervention within an existing building. As the first part of the three-part thesis sequence, the course serves as the building block for INTAR-2397 and the student's approved Design Thesis Feasibility Report.

    Major requirement: MDes

    INTAR majors only.

    Registration by Interior Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.

  19. Topics In Exhibition Design & Narrative Environment II

    Topics in Exhibition and Narrative Environments II follows upon INTAR-2102 and continues the exploration of the principles of exhibition from curatorial matters, experience design, narrative creation, graphic design, new media, user participation, installation, site specificity, production, etc. Topics II will conclude with the selection of a potential Thesis subject.

    Major requirement: MDes ENE

    INTAR majors only.

    Registration by Interior Architecture Department, course not available via web registration.