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Interior Design

The Interior Design Program provides opportunities for individuals to become aware of their surroundings, community, culture, history, and role in improving other people’s surroundings, productivity and competitiveness. Students are exposed to intellectual, creative, humanistic and technological advancements; blending art, science and technology; integrating creativity and art tools with analysis, and technical problem-solving skills.

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Mission

Following on from the mission of Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico (PUPR) and its School of Architecture, the Interior Design Program will provide opportunities for individuals from diverse backgrounds to develop their intellectual and personal potential to become socially responsible professionals. In consequence, these individuals will be aware of their surroundings, community, culture, history, and role in improving other people’s surroundings, productivity and competitiveness. Through students’ exposure to intellectual, creative, humanistic and technological advancements; blending art, science and technology; integrating creativity and art tools with analysis, and technical problem-solving skills all the above mentioned shall be possible.

Objectives

  • To explore the intricacies of the interior design profession, laws, codes and regulations that set constraints on design
  • To expand studies through information research.
  • To rethink the life of existing buildings, through design alterations, rehabilitation and adaptive reuse.
  • To develop creative designers who can formulate, propose, and execute creative design solutions for the physical, social, and psychological needs of a changing society with a global perspective that is influenced by rapid changes in technology.
  • To encourage philosophical explorations, ethical responsibility, aesthetic expressions, and practical applications in line with professional standards.
  • To maintain continuous evaluation of our services in association with public and private enterprises pertaining to the profession.
  • To stimulate exchange of ideas and respect for others opinions and their creative capabilities.
  • Recognize that part of the interior design process and responsibility is to protect the environment through sustainable design initiatives, and selection of green materials and equipment.

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Develop interior design construction documents and technical specifications.
  • Work a comprehensive space planning design that meets: programming, construction, health and safety code regulations, is functional, creative and also meets user/client expectations.
  • Develop projects following a systematic and coordinated methodology, including research, information analysis, and integration of knowledge into the creative process.
  • Be an innovative and creative designer capable of critical thinking and problem solving with effective oral, written and visual communication in both Spanish and English.
  • Create designs that encompass behavioral, environmental, technical, and sustainability issues.
  • Apply the acquired creative and technical knowledge within a structure to achieve a built interior environment that takes into consideration the structures’ physical location and social context of the project.
  • Plan and create interior spaces that serve human, commercial, institutional and corporate needs in relation to physical, functional, social, psychological, spiritual and aesthetic elements.
  • Function as a professional committed to excellence in design.
  • Have high professional ethics within the context of the profession, community, society, environment and global design practice.
  • Be committed to continuous professional and personal growth, becoming a collaborative partner in the arts, among the arts, in communion with other disciplines and society; therefore, to turn into a participatory community member.

The Interior Design Curriculum Sequence

This curriculum sequence has been prepared with the specific intention of providing additional alternatives of study to architectural students as they enter the School of Architecture and the Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.

  • The first year of studies has been designed with the same courses in both the Architecture and Interior Design Programs, with this; students in both programs will receive the same design and technical knowledge and background.
  • The first quarter of the second year will follow on with the architectural program sequence, with the exception of the interior design fundamentals course, allowing the student to decide if they are to stay in Architecture or proceed with the Interior Design program curriculum.
  • A student that decides to go on to Interior Design has not lost any studies, credits or effort as he has attended courses common to both programs and the same would be true to an architectural student.
  • On the second quarter students who decide on Architecture will go on to a full architecture program with a total of five years of studies or go on to Interior Design to complete a three year program.
  • The syllabi corresponding to all the common courses to both programs have been revised and rewritten for consistency of subject, theme and alignment with the Educational Standards of The Council for Interior Design Accreditation Organization (CIDA), the organization that would accredit the Interior Design Program once established.
  • With the revision of the common courses syllabi the Architectural students will also benefit as they gain additional knowledge that will allow them to better understand architecture and the interior spaces it creates, that would otherwise not be a part of their usual curriculum.
  • This in turn will make for better architects and better architectural products and projects, benefiting building users and society as they will be better prepared to develop living and working structures suited to their use and user.
  • A student that goes on to complete the Interior Design coursework will be able to understand the building shell and the architectural design concepts creating it, that are the basis of the interior space and its physical and emotional environment.

Course List

3 MATH 0102:Preparatory Mathematics
3 SPAN 0100:Preparatory Spanish or
ENGL 0100: Preparatory English
6

4 ARCH 1010: Basic Design I
3 ARCH 1110: Architectural Representation I (ARCC1010)
3 MATH 0106: Elementary Algebra
3 ATUL 0100: Adjustment to University Life
3 SPAN 0110A: Spanish Grammar
0 SPAN 0111A: Spanish Grammar Lab.
16

4 ARCH 1020: Basic Design II
3 ARCH 1120: Analyzing Architecture
3 MATH 0110: Intermediate Algebra
3 SOHU 2010: Socio Humanistic Studies I
3 SPAN 1010: Basic Spanish
16

4 ARCH 1030: Basic Design III
3 ARCH 1210: History of Architecture (ARHH1010)
0 ARCH 1211: History of Architecture Lab. (ARHH1011)
3 ENGL 0110: English Grammar
3 SCIE 0110: Introduction to Physics
3 SOHU 2020: Socio Humanistic Studies II
16

4 ARIN 2010: Design Fundamentals I
3 ARCH 2130: Architectural Representation II (ARCC2010)
3 ARCH 2220: History of Modern Architecture (ARHH2010)
0 ARCH 2221: History of Modern Architecture Lab (ARHH2011)
3 ARCH 2310: Introduction to Technology (ARTE1010)
3 ENGL 1010: The Essay as a Literary Genre
16

4 ARIN 2020: Design Fundamentals II
3 ARIN 2310: Color (Theory & Psychology)
3 ARCH 2330: Materials & Methods (ARTE2010)
3 ARCH 3340: Bldg. Service Systems (ARTE4010)
3 PSYC 3020: Human Development
16

4 ARIN 2030: Intermediate Design
3 ARIN 2210: History of Furniture I
3 ARIN 2320: Materials (Textiles)
3 ARIN 2330: Lighting (ARTE0440)
3 ARCH 4350: Building Environmental Systems (ARTE4020)
16

4 ARIN 3010: Advanced Design I
3 ARCH 3140: Architectural Representation III (ARCC0130)
3 ARIN 3220: History of Furniture II
3 ARCH 4360: Construction Details (ARTE0400A)
3 ARCH 4520
16

4 ARIN 3020: Interiors Capstone I
3 ARCH 5530: Ethics (ARPP5010)
3 _________: Program Elective
3 _________: Open Elective
13

4 ARIN 3030: Interiors Capstone II
3 ARCH 5540: Office Management and Finances (ARPP5030)
3 _________: Program Elective
3 _________: Open Elective
13

All courses ARCH code are common to both the Architecture Program and the Interior Design Program.
All courses in yellow highlight ARIN code are specific to the Interior Design program.
Professional Core 93 credits
Electives 12 credits
General Education 33 credits
Bachelor of Interior Design Curriculum Sequence Total of 138 credits

Architectural Core Courses Common to Interior Design Program

ARCH 1010- Basic Design

Four credit-hours. Two three-and-half-hour lecture/studio periods per week/Laboratory fee.
Pre-requisites: MATH 0102 and one of two language courses SPAN 0100 or ENGL 0100
Co-requisite: ARHH 1010

The first year design courses introduce basic ordering principles of architectural design, addressing issues of materiality, spatial sequence, and conditions of place. This course introduces the basic design elements, principles and concerns, focusing on composition, fabrication and functionality. This first design course is aimed at developing creative problem-solving skills in abstract and concrete processes, to develop a sense of material and craft, and learn to communicate verbally and graphically. Personal talents, abilities and preferences become obvious to students as they are exposed to basic design principles and concerns. Basic compositional principles and formal ordering systems are some of the different dimensions of architecture introduced at this early stage.

ARCH 1110- (ARCC1010) Architectural Representation 1

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week/Laboratory fee.
Pre-requisites: None
The emphasis of the course is to examine the drawing process in an effort to become familiar with the methods of architectural representation. It is intended to expose the student to line quality, line control, form, shape, proportion, shade, shadow, and architectural presentations. As with all drawing and design courses, the main focus will be to foster an appreciation of craftsmanship. Conventions and basic rules of architectural drawings on orthogonal type of drawings; (plan, section, elevation, and axonometric projections) exploring the relationship between the three-dimensional object and its corresponding two-dimensional representations. Course work includes freehand sketching exploring one-point perspective, and two-point perspective.

ARCH 1020- Basic Design 2

Four credit-hours. Two three-and-half-hour lecture/studio periods per week/Laboratory fee.
Pre-requisites: ARCH 1010, ARCH 1110
The course introduces the human body and its intrinsic relationship to space and more specifically the need to inhabit space. It is an introduction to space definition, spatial sequence, and spatial structure. Elements of architectural manipulation are explained in depth to students as well as basic concepts of spatial organization. Exercises are geared to demonstrate the designer’s need to recognize these conditions. Students have an opportunity to experiment, at both two-dimensional and three-dimensional levels, the processes of visualization and realization of design intentions as a link of extreme importance for the designer.

ARCH 1120- Analyzing Architecture

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week/Laboratory fee.
Pre-requisites: ARCH 1010, ARCH 1110
This course introduces research to the discipline of architecture, isolating fundamentals that contribute to the complex totality that constitute a work of architecture. It is addressed to focus on fundamentals realized artistically and practically in the works of selected architects. Emphasis is given on individual initiative and analysis, imagination and craft are incorporated into projects investigating the relationship between culture and content, media and image, narrative and object, and historical and contemporary issues of representation and design. The course encourages disciplined attitudes towards drawing through reasoning and develops the ability to present and explain creative ideas. It will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the role of the architect and the interior architect in defining the creative and technical scope of the profession. Students will understand how both professions blend art, science and technology, integrating creative and art tools with analysis, and technical problem-solving skills into the design process.

ARCH 1030- Basic Design 3

Four credit-hours. Two three-and-half-hour lecture/studio periods per week/Laboratory fee.
Pre-requisites: ARCH 1020, ARCH 1110
The first year design courses introduce basic ordering principles of architectural design, addressing issues of materiality, spatial sequence, and conditions of place. This course Introduces to basic design elements, principles and concerns, focusing on space, place and program. During this course, Design principles are developed through a series of projects involving abstract sites with their physical conditions. Issues of place, methodology, program and construction are explored for their possible interrelated meanings and influences on the making of architectural form. Students will study and analyze a specific urban context by means of abstraction exercises to better understand subjacent conditions of the city and the notion of place.

ARCH 2130- (ARCC 2010 Basic Cad) Architectural Representation II

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week/Laboratory fee.
Pre-requisites: ARCH 1120, ARCH 1020
Introduction to the basic concepts and software for two dimensional and three dimensional drawings using digital tools and procedures for the extraction of two dimensional drawing information from a three dimensional model. The course main focus is on two dimensional drawings, its representation and basic three dimensional modeling using the following digital software available: SketchUp and AutoCAD

ARCH 2310- (ARTE 1010) Introduction to Technology

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week
Pre-requisites: MATH 0110, ARCH 1110, ARCH 1010, ARCH 1210/11
This course will be directed to create awareness and understanding in students, of technology available as complements to buildings and designed spaces which will be of some magnitude when determining form, texture and building procedures. This course is intended to provide students with a general vision of theory as well as a practical orientation of principles involved in architectural technology, including a direct relationship between structures, designed spaces and the natural environment and its integration with the design process of Architecture. Emphasis will be given on how each system within the architectural technology in buildings works and how they relate into each other and how they will make impact on architectural design and the professional practice. The technical approach of this course is aimed at understanding the performance of each system operating in buildings which will be explored through the teacher conferences and lectures and using power point presentations as graphic aids.

ARCH 2330- (ARTE 2010) Materials and Methods

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week
Pre-requisites: ARCH 1030, ARCH 2310
This course is directed to create awareness and understanding in students, of the materials used today as technology changes and its integration into the architectural design. Through a series of preselected classroom lectures and site visits, the student is asked to consider the options available to the architect and interior architect in the analysis, preparation of construction documents, and selection of materials, structural and mechanical systems. The course examines the structural resources, construction materials and building methodologies, upon which most buildings are based. It includes an examination of evolving materials, methods and systems in architecture from antiquity to the present with emphasis on 20th century developments.

ARCH 3340- Building Service Systems

(ARTE 4010 Electricity, Acoustics and Telecommunications)
Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week
Pre-requisites: ARCH 2310, ARCH 1030, ARCH 1110, SCIE 0110
This course is a technology course that introduces and explores the fundamental concepts of electricity, acoustics and telecommunications. Explains the computations and materials used in electrical installations, basic acoustic topics concerning production, transmission, and reception of sound for control measures. Necessary code regulation and guidelines topic are discussed. The relationship between these systems to overall building design. This course will provide the students with the necessary knowledge to integrate these elements into an architectural project.

ARIN 2330- (ARTE 0440 Architectural Light and Lighting) Lighting

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week
Pre-requisites: ARIN 2010, ARCH 1110, ARCH 2310
The aim of this course is to inspire creative thinking in regards to the relation of light and the illumination of the architectural environment, while studying the physical and perceptual characteristics of light. The student will have an awareness of the history of illumination, from the torch-lit caves to the contemporary innovations of Ingo Maurer. The class will develop an understanding of the variety of luminaries and types of lamps, and will study their characteristics and limitations, while becoming aware of their photometric properties.

ARCH 4350- (ARTE 4020) Environmental Systems

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week
Pre-requisites: ARCH 2310, ARTE 2010, ARCH 3340, ARIN 2020
This course explains the two main mechanical systems in buildings: plumbing, and air conditioning. The student is introduced to water pressure systems, the technology of mechanical ventilation, refrigeration and electronic thermal controls. After discussions of each systems’ demands, versatility and limitations, they will experience how all of this takes place in a construction project by visiting exemplary built projects.

ARCH 3140- (ARCC 0130 Basic Digital Graphics)

Architectural Representation III
Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week/Laboratory fee.
Pre-requisites: ARCH 2130 Introduction to the basic concepts and procedures for the development of architectural presentations using digital tools. Emphasis is placed in the use of a tridimensional model as generator for different types of drawings and renderings and the organization of these into a presentation. Some of the areas that are discussed include; graphic design, basic typography and printing. The software to be used will include; Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Artlantis Studio

ARCH 4360- (ARTE 0400A) Construction Details

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week
Pre-requisites: ARCH 4350, ARIN 2030
This course addresses the importance of the constructive knowledge of the architect and interior architect in the process of architectural design; achieving innovative and varied designs beyond the basic block of concrete solution and at the same time reduce energy consumption and avoid contamination. The effectiveness and importance of construction detailing for the accuracy and precision of construction will be attended to.

ARCH 4520- (ARPP 5020) Construction Documents

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week
Pre-requisites: ARCH 4350, ARIN 2030
In this course, the students will be exposed to the wide range of documents conventionally handled by the Architects and Interior Architects in the process to achieve the development of a project and construction of the building. This includes drawings and specifications, cost estimates, permit forms, shop drawings, certifications for payment, change orders quotes and contract modifications procedures, among others. Considering the availability of computer software commonly used to assist the architect and Interior Architects in this task, the course examines and introduces the different programs and templates available for the preparation of these documents.

ARCH 5530-(ARPP 5010) Ethics

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week
Pre-requisites: ARIN 3010, SOHU 2020, PSYC 3020, ARCH 1210/11
This course introduces students to the moral dilemmas inherent to professional practice in a modern society. Its focus is an enlarged one, opting to find examples of relevance in works of literature, rather than in the specifics of a project or the given experience of practitioners, although the latter will be invited to participate in class discussions

ARCH 5540- (ARPP 5030) Office Management and Finances

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week
Pre-requisites: ARIN 3010
This course is designed to provide the basics of all the aspects involved in the professional practice of a design office. The student will be exposed to the legal, financial contexts that must be known in order to provide professional design services. At the end of the quarter the student is expected to understand the functions and the general circumstances of the professional design practice, the effects on it of global changes and the contribution of the design professional to society.

ARCH 1210- (ARHH 1010) History of Architecture

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week
Pre-requisites: MATH 0102, and one of two language courses
SPAN 0100 or ENGL 0100. Co-requisite ARCH 1211
A survey to introduce the History of Architecture, including basic elements of architectural design, composition, form-making and spatial concepts, all examined against the historical and natural forces that have influenced the art of building.

ARCH 1211- (ARHH 1011) History of Architecture Laboratory

Zero credit-hour. One, one hour recitation period per week.
Pre-requisite: None Co-requisite ARCH 1210 (ARHH 1010)
Small group discussion sessions allow students to expand and debate upon the subjects addressed at lectures in the co-required course and go beyond these. Required projects are individually reviewed in these meetings.

ARCH 2220- (ARHH 2010) History of Modern Architecture

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture/studio periods per week
Pre-requisites: ARCH 1210/1211, Co-requisite ARCH 2221
Links between the romantic and rationalist outlooks of the 18th century, together with the fragmentation and simultaneity of the end of the 20th century are addressed. The architectural production and theories expounded elucidate the ruptures and continuities of a non-lineal history.

ARCH 2221- (ARHH 2011) History of Modern Art Laboratory

Zero credit-hour. One, one hour recitation period per week.
Pre-requisite: None. Co-requisite: ARCH 2220
Small group discussion sessions allow students, to expand and debate upon the subjects addressed at lectures in the co required course. Written submittals and oral presentations are individually commented in these meetings.

Interior Design Program Courses

ARIN 2310- (INTE 2030) Color (Theory and Psychology)

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week
Pre requisites: ARCH 1210/1211
This course is an introduction to the study of color, its origins and different color theories. It also addresses color use and the optical, physiological and psychological effects it creates on spaces, objects and humans. Students will develop an understanding of the use of color as a design tool for creating emotions and the appropriate atmosphere in architecture and its interiors.

ARIN 2210- (ARHI 2130) History of Furniture 1

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week
Pre requisites: ARCH 1210/1211
Study of the history, evolution and characteristics pertaining to the different stylistic periods and movements from Prehistoric times (7000 BC to 1700AC) to the Baroque movement. Emphasis is given to furniture, the space they were designed for and the different materials and methods used in its manufacture, the ornamentation and accessories for each style period.

ARIN 3220- (ARHI 3110) History of Furniture 2

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week
Pre requisites: ARCH 2220/2221
Study of the characteristics pertaining to the different stylistic periods and movements from the Rococo (1700-2000) to the modern, contemporary and new art movements including Puerto Rico and South America. Emphasis is given to interiors, furniture and its materials, ornamentation and accessories for each style period.

ARIN 2320- (INTE 2030) Materials (Textiles)

Three credit-hours. Two two-hour lecture periods per week
Pre requisites: ARCH 1210/1211, SOHU 2020
This course will study the history, evolution, manufacturing and production of textiles. The course will include both natural and synthetic fibers, its different uses and applications. Emphasis will be given to the adequate use in upholstery, draperies, bedcovers, wall coverings, rugs and carpets for both interiors and exteriors in accordance to their use, style, construction, its strength, durability, ornamentation and code compliance

ARIN 2010- Design Fundamentals 1

Four credit-hours. Two three-and-half-hour lecture/studio
periods per week/Laboratory fee.
Pre-requisites: ARCH 1030, ARCH 11120, ARCH 1210/1211
This course is designed to enter the interior space, and be aware of the dimension the outer architectural shell creates such as: planes, surfaces, and interior volumes, environmental and human factors. Develop the sensibility of the interaction, relation between man and his surrounding interior space, through the study of the design process and two and three dimensional scale drawings and models.

ARIN 2020- Design Fundamentals 2

Four credit-hours. Two three-and-half-hour lecture/studio periods
per week/Laboratory fee.
Pre-requisites: ARIN 2010, ARCH 2130, ARCH 1210/1211
This course is designed to work in the creation of interior spaces projects of small scale either residential or office with the intention to work on critical thinking, and in depth design analysis based on research of and with client/user. Continues with the study of the interior dimension the outer architectural shell creates and the environmental and human factors to further develop the sensibility of the interaction, relation between man and his surrounding interior space, through the study of the design process and two and three dimensional scale drawings and models

ARIN 2030-Intermediate Design 1

Four credit-hours. Two three-and-a-half hour studio periods per week/Laboratory fee.
Pre-requisites: ARIN 2020, ARCH 2130, ARCH 2310, ARCH 2220/2221, SOHU 2010, PSYC3020
This studio course is an introduction to designing residential and light commercial interior spaces. It will include the interior architecture project concept, analysis, programming and development. Emphasis is placed on human factors and ergonomics; accessibility, space planning, space scale and proportions, materials, green materials, sustainable design and the furniture and equipment required for the function and needs of the user.

ARIN 3010- Advanced Design

Four credit hours. Two three-and-a-half hour studio periods per week/Laboratory fee.
Pre-requisites: ARIN 2030, ARCH 3140, ARIN 2210, ARIN 2320
This studio course refers to the process of designing contract (nonresidential) interior architecture. It will include interior architecture project concept, analysis, programming and development. Emphasis is placed on human factors and ergonomics; accessibility, space planning, space scale and proportions, color, furniture, textiles, materials, green materials, sustainable design and the equipment required for the function and needs of the user.

ARIN 3020- Capstone 1

Four credit hours. Two three-and-a-half hour studio periods per week/Laboratory fee.
Pre-requisites: ARIN 3010, ARIN 3220, ARCH 4360
This studio course proposes to develop a medium size real interior contract project where students will apply their acquired knowledge about the design process. It will develop a multifunction interior project with concept, analysis, programming and development of drawings. Application of human factors and ergonomics; health and life safety; structure and interior space interaction, accessibility, space planning and design, human space scale and proportions, lighting, color, furniture, textiles, materials, green materials, sustainable design and the equipment required for the function and needs of the user.

ARIN 3030- Capstone 2

Four credit hours. Two three-and-a-half hour studio periods per week/Laboratory fee.
Prerequisites: ARIN 3020, ARCH 3140, ARIN 3220, ARCH 4520
This studio course projects to develop a large real interior project where students will apply their acquired knowledge about the design process and concept. It will address a multifunction interior building project with complex functional and social requirements from concept, analysis, programming and development of construction documents. Application of human factors and ergonomics; structure and interior space interaction with light, lighting, electricity, building and environmental systems, accessibility, life and safety issues, space planning, human space scale and proportions, color, furniture, textiles, materials, green materials, sustainable design and the application of the same to meet client/user requirements.