Interior Residential Planning, Furnishings, and Materials

Buildings are inseparable from Interior Planning. The objective of this course is to design interior spaces in an urban high-rise or low-rise building located in Chicago. Projects will modify and update existing floor plans in two actual buildings. The profiles of four clients will be defined to guide written briefs, planning and design thinking. Each group will be assigned a client. Each group will be assigned a building and space. Students will work in teams with their client partner to design the space. Plans, elevations, renderings, models, material boards and other appropriate presentation methods will be required to elaborate the projects and obtain client approvals. Teamwork and presentation skills will be emphasized and part of student evaluation.

The planning exercises will be reinforced through the study of modern and contemporary furniture, textiles, color, and materials for interior specification. Each topic will be introduced by professional designers – experts in that field to be followed by class discussion and further study.

Teams will participate in the critique of each other’s work. The review, comparison, and editing of all the projects will help each team gain insight, define similarities and differences, and establish overall themes in planning. Each student group will prepare a final presentation organizing all work and conclusions for critique and evaluation.