Department of Interior Design

Endicott College
Beverly, Massachusetts
School of Visual and Performing Arts
Department of Interior Design
Course Number:
Course Title:
Semester and Year:
Course meets:
ID 475 01 and 02
Advanced Issues in Interior Design
ID 302, ID 304, ID 307, ID 308, and Thesis I
Spring 2013
01: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11:00 am - 12:50 pm, VPAC 206
02: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2:00 pm - 3:50 pm, VPAC 206
Andrew Brody AIA, Associate Professor
Department of Interior Design
Office: VPAC 215
Phone: 978 232 2379
Email: [email protected]
SN: ProfBrody
Office hours: By appointment, Monday and Wednesdays 1-2, and Fridays 11-2
Catalog Description
This course explores the process of advanced and current integrated design trends in Interior Design as
related to whole building design. The design process is investigated from programming phases to design
scheme completion, through lectures, case studies, and studio profiling. Students will be exposed to current
methodologies to evaluate and quantify user needs, and provide for occupant health, safety, and
welfare. These observations are used to inform the student to the potential content of a design scheme
scope. The course will expose students to current trends in presentation styles, giving opportunity to display
data, while utilizing creative methods of presentation. Information and research methods exposed within this
course will help support thesis testing and analysis, through presentations and documentations.
Learning Outcomes
Students in the course will explore advanced materials, computer software, and related modeling tools to
expand their investigations related to their research and/or a focused area of interest within their individual
thesis or studio projects.
Students shall complete individual assignments, which focus on one or more areas of their research. This
may be an exploration of a specific idea or concept within each assignment, such as sustainability, green
design, universal design, POE (post occupancy evaluations), professional practice issues, and theoretical
applications. A number of investigations should be explored to demonstrate the variable outcomes.
At the completion of this course the student should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of life safety evaluation and methodology.
2. Demonstrate a proficiency in advanced presentation and rendering applications.
3. Demonstrate and apply their understanding of, and exposure to, advanced building materials and finishes.
4. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of “Integrated Design” (which includes: Programming,
Coordination of Fields, Codes, HVAC, Sustainability/Green Design, ADA/Universal Design, Professional
Practice, and Theoretical Application).
5. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of Contract Documents, Specifications, and the documentation of
the "design process" through the Contract Job Book.
Topical Outline
Weeks 1-4
Pre-design considerations
Weeks 5-9
Weeks 10-13 Compositing and final production
Weeks 14-16 NCIDQ preparation
Teaching/Learning Strategies
Learning objectives will be obtained through a balance of in-class discussions, lectures, exercises, and
Required Materials
Interior Design Reference Manual, Fifth Edition, David Kent Ballast, Professional Publications Inc.
Approximately $25 for boards and printing
Recommended Readings
NCIDQ Sample Questions for Sections 1, 2, and 3, David Kent Ballast, Professional Publications Inc. 2012
Visual Notes for Architects and Designers, Norman Crowe and Paul Laseau, Wiley, 1984
Mastering AutoDesk 3ds Max Design 2012, Gerhard Harper, Sybex, 2012
Graphic Thinking for Architects and Designers – third edition, Paul Laseau, Wiley, 2001
Illustrations With Photoshop: A Designer’s Notebook, William Rodarmor, O’Reilly, 2005
Evaluation Methods
There will be four assignments, weighted equally as part of the final grade. Class participation and
attendance will also be considered in assigning the final grade. Grading will be assessed in accordance with
Endicott College grading scales (A = 4.0, A- = 3.7, B+ = 3.3, etc.). Project grading will be based on the
following criteria:
A - Exceptional work, including very high quality research, analysis, design and presentation – taking your
work well beyond the outline of the assignment and the goals of the course.
B – Completing the assignment thoroughly and fully, with proper formatting, spelling, grammar and
evidence of independent and creative thought. Demonstrating thorough knowledge and understanding of the
goals of the course.
C – Meeting the minimum requirements of the assignment. Demonstrating at least some knowledge and
understanding of the goals of the course.
D – Partially incomplete or inadequate submittal of the assignment. Demonstrating an insufficient
knowledge and understanding of the goals of the course.
F – Seriously incomplete or inadequate submittal of the assignment, or a failure to submit an assignment.
Demonstrating a lack of knowledge and understanding of the goals of the course.
Attendance Policy
Attendance is required at each class. Each additional excused or unexcused absence beyond (3) three will
result in a drop your final grade. Three tardy arrivals (after 15 minutes late) will be counted as one absence.
A student absent or arriving late is responsible for obtaining any information missed in class. Leaving class
before it is dismissed will count as one absence. If the Professor has not arrived to class after the first fifteen
minutes, students can leave after signing an attendance sheet.
Late Work
Assignments not handed in by the posted due date will lose one full letter grade for every calendar date it is
late. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that assignments are submitted on time, either brought in by
another student or, if permitted by the instructor, submitted electronically.
Class Participation
It is expected that each student will be a contributing member of the class during semester. Students will also
be expected to check GullNET and their campus email before the start of every class – this is how
assignments and other announcements will be made.
ADA Policy
If you as a student qualify as a person with a disability as defined in Chapter 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of
1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments
Act of 2008 (ADAAA), you are strongly encouraged to register with the Center for Teaching and Learning.
The Center for Teaching and Learning is located in the Diane M. Halle Library room 201 and online at
Academic Integrity Statement
Students are required to abide by the Academic Integrity Policy of Endicott College.
College Rules and Regulations
All rules and regulations printed by Endicott College that apply to this course, will be followed in the
administration of this class.
Food and Phones
No food or drinks in the classroom. Please, please mute and put away your phones off before class begins absolutely no phone conversations or texting in class.
Hand sketching:
Hand sketching:
Electronic touch-up and
annotation in Illustrator
Programming: organization,
diagrams of all sorts
3d concept sketching
3d concept sketching
Codes: building
Codes: accessibility
President's Day - no class
Work session
Pre-design presentation
Rendering goals; outlining
process; Revit rendering
Review SketchUp
Rendering in MAX:
Rendering in MAX:
importing from SketchUp;
manipulating polygons;
Rendering in MAX: lights;
cloning; arrays
Rendering in MAX: basic
Rendering in MAX: exposure
and lighting design
Spring break
Spring break
Spring break
Work session
Rendering process diagram
Project Manual production
Rendering in MAX:
Rendering in MAX: farming
Rendering in MAX:
Review of basic
Patriots day
Rendered animated
LEED options and
LEED practice
NCIDQ practice
NCIDQ practice
NCIDQ practice
NCIDQ practice
NCIDQ practice
NCIDQ practice
NCIDQ practice
NCIDQ practice exam
Assignment #1: Pre-design presentation
Assignment Objective: Create an engaging presentation with information typical of this stage of a project.
Format: Electronic slide show.
Content: Assignments should contain at least the following:
 Building description
 Hand-drawn annotated plan, elevation, and perspectival sketches
 Project program chart
 Bubble diagram
 3D concept sketch
 Occupancy estimate
 Life safety diagram
 Accessibility issues: overall, project specific
 Mood board
Process: Keep up with the presentations and the in-class activities. Refine the study of your program and
other elements of pre-design from the first semester of Thesis. Improve the clarity and quality of your
sketched orthographic and perspective drawings, and the subtlety of your program analysis. Identify the
major building code and accessibility issues pertinent to your particular project, and assemble the whole kit
and caboodle into a clear presentation.
Grading criteria: Thorough demonstration and annotation of the different elements for analysis during the
pre-design phase of a project. Appropriate quality of images, diagrams, and text, and clear presentation.
Assignment #2: Rendering Process Diagram
Assignment Objective: Develop workflow to create a project-specific rendering style.
Format: Printed, clipped or taped to board
Content: Assignments should contain at least the following:
 Plan of the space you’re rendering
 Annotated perspectives (at least two) indicating perspectival elements (horizon line, vanishing
point(s), and one scale figure
 Annotated perspective indicating strategy for lighting
 Annotated perspective indicating strategy for materials
 Annotated perspective indicating strategy for filtering/layering
 Annotated perspective indicating strategy for entourage (scale figures, objects, shadows)
 Final rendering, 12” minimum in smallest dimension
Process: Experiments with different perspective angles, materials, lighting techniques, strategies for
blending and mixing layers, and entourage styles. Show stages of development of a specific rendering style
through test renders and compositional experiments. Create a final composition at 200 ppi resolution
(minimum), and compose everything on a board in a manner which makes your process clear.
Grading criteria: Thorough demonstration and annotation of the different production stages and processes.
Appropriate quality of images and print. Clear demonstration of the process needed to create the desired
rendering type.
Assignment #3: Rendered animated presentation
Assignment Objective: Learn to create a photo-realistically rendering animated presentation
Format: Animated, stand-alone presentation of a recent project. Presentation file (AVI or WMV), named
using student’s last name (e.g., Brody.wmv).
Content: Assignments should contain at least the following:
 30 seconds of photo-realistic animation - 720 pixels wide @ 72 PPI, 30 FPS.
 Titles and credits,
 Brief description of the project type, building, and location
 Major program elements indicated in a bubble diagram
 Annotated floor plan or axonometric
 Music
 Four rendered stills (hand or electronic)
Process: Develop your thesis project to the point that different sections can be rendered, bot as stills and as
animations. For stills, use Revit if you prefer, and render in the style developed in the previous assignment.
Bring model into 3ds Max, preferably via SketchUp. Create test renders of stills for lighting, materials and
render time. Grab viewport to test animation speed and pacing. Export animation at a low setting, and recombine using the RAM player. Export at final quality and length when ready. Assemble the entire rendering
using a movie editor of your choice. Also, save a shorter version in PowerPoint, without animations, for
design competition in Rhode Island.
Grading criteria: Animation rendered successfully, with complete application of materials and lighting;
complexity of image development; composition, coloration, texture, lighting, and applicability to the
aesthetic of the design project. Also, animations timing and composition of the walkthrough.
Assignment #4: NCIDQ Practice Exam
Assignment Objective: Demonstrate knowledge of the body of knowledge needed to be an interior design
through selected questions from the NCIDQ exam.
Format: Online, in class, on GullNet.
Content: Approximately 50 questions, including multiple choice, matching, true/false, etc. All chapter
materials, in-class lectures and discussions will be included.
Process: Keep up with the reading and the in-class presentations. This will be closed note and closed book.
ANY texting, IM, or similar communication is forbidden during the exam, and will result in a zero for the
Grading criteria: Percentage correct.