Interior Architecture and Design

GW’s interior architecture and design program offers a comprehensive study of the visual arts as well as in-depth instruction on design theory and technical and problem-solving skills. Students study all types of habitable environments, ranging from small, basic residential spaces to larger, more complex commercial and institutional ones.

Associate Professor S. Travis (Director)

Assistant Professors E. Speck, N. Evans, C. Anderson, N. Volchansky

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

Note: Enrollment in interior architecture and design courses requires candidacy in the degree program or permission of the program director. A course fee is charged for all IAD courses.

IAD 2200. Studio 1. 6 Credits.

Introduction to the design process through consideration of the theory and application of design principles and elements to specific studies of the built environment. Restricted to Major: 1206 - Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01-Undergraduate. (Spring).

IAD 2205. Interior Materials. 3 Credits.

All phases of textile production, including standards, testing, and specifications. Properties, regulations, and installation of interior finish materials. Restricted to Major: 1206 - Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01- Undergraduate. Prerequisites: None.   (Spring).

IAD 2205W. Interior Materials. 3 Credits.

All phases of textile production, including standards, testing, and specifications. Properties, regulations, and installation of interior finish materials. Restricted to Major: 1206- Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01-Undergraduate. (Spring).

IAD 2210. Sketching Architecture and Interiors. 3 Credits.

Free-hand sketching developed and applied as a tool in all phases of the creative design process. Restricted to Major: 1206- Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01- Undergraduate. Recommended background: FA 1021. (Spring).

IAD 3300. Studio 2. 6 Credits.

All phases of design, beginning with development of a concept through producing a complete presentation. How a project evolves from program requirements to a creative and functional interior. Prerequisites: IAD 2200. Restricted to Major: 1206 - Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01-Undergraduate. (Fall).

IAD 3305. Graphic Communications. 3 Credits.

Development of multimedia techniques in rendering. Advanced three-dimensional drawing using rapid visualization techniques, sketching, and constructed drawings. Prerequisites: IAD 2200. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01- Undergraduate. (Fall).

IAD 3310. Digital Drafting & Modeling. 3 Credits.

Introduction to CAD technology, two-dimensional drawings, plotting and enhancement of presentations. Use of CAD for the production of construction drawings. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01-Undergraduate. (Fall).

IAD 3400. Studio 3. 6 Credits.

Multifaceted and complex problems in commercial design, including codes and regulations pertaining to commercial interiors; development of collaborative learning. Prerequisites: Studio 2 IAD 3300. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01-Undergraduate. (Spring).

IAD 3405. History of Modern Architecture and Design. 3 Credits.

Overview of 20th- and 21st-century architecture, interiors, and furniture of significant and unique houses and smaller commercial buildings. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01- undergraduate. Prerequisites: IAD 3300.   (Spring).

IAD 3410. Sustainability and LEED for Architecture and Design. 3 Credits.

Consideration of the process by which structures and spaces can be awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and the examination that enables individuals to become LEED-accredited professionals. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01- Undergraduate. Prerequisites: Studio 2 IAD 3300.   (Spring).

IAD 4500. Studio 4. 6 Credits.

Continuation and refinement of the design process to further advance conceptual ,Thinking for development of larger-scaled and more complex design problems. Prerequisites: Studio 3 IAD 3400. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01-Undergraduate. (Fall).

IAD 4505. Lighting & Acoustics. 3 Credits.

Terminology, concepts, and principles of lighting design. Light and energy, incandescent and gaseous discharge lamps, luminaries, task requirements, measurement and calculations, human factors, and design applications. Acoustic principles as they relate to building design. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01-Undergraduate. Prerequisites: IAD 3400.   (Fall).

IAD 4510. Pre-Design for Studio 5. 3 Credits.

Application of advanced topics in design theory; research methodology applied to development of the graduate project. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level- 01: Undergraduate. Prerequisites: IAD 3400.   (Fall).

IAD 4600. Studio 5. 3 Credits.

Culmination of skills and knowledge accumulated through the program as demonstrated by development of an interior design project covering all aspects from conception through presentation. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01-Undergraduate. Prerequisites: Studio 4 IAD 4500.   (Spring).

IAD 4605. Professional Practice. 3 Credits.

Students work with professional interior designers or architects or industry-related professionals, participating in a project-based setting. Roles and responsibilities of the professional interior designer: business procedures, legal implications, ethics, trade relations, designer-client-contractor relations. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01-Undergraduate. Prerequisites: Studio 4 IAD 4500.   (Spring).

IAD 4605W. Professional Practice. 3 Credits.

Students work with professional interior designers or architects or industry-related professionals, participating in a project-based setting. Roles and responsibilities of the professional interior designer: business procedures, legal implications, ethics, trade relations, designer-client-contractor relations. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01-Undergraduate. Prerequisites: Studio 4 IAD 4500.   (Spring).

IAD 4610. Structures & Building Systems. 3 Credits.

Organization and preparation of construction documents; methods and materials; and application of codes. Building systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) as related to function and design of interior spaces. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 01-Undergraduate. Prerequisites: Studio IAD 4500.   (Spring).

IAD 5099. Variable Topics. 1-99 Credits.

IAD 6200. Studio I. 6 Credits.

Introduction to the theory and application of design principles and elements in the built environment while establishing a thorough understanding of the design process. Restricted to Major: Interior Architecture and Design, Level 02 - graduate. (Fall).

IAD 6205. Interior Materials. 3 Credits.

Introduction to building materials with an emphasis on detailing and construction. Restricted to Major: 1206 - Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02- Graduate. (Fall).

IAD 6210. Sketching Architecture and Interiors. 3 Credits.

Free-hand sketching developed and applied as a tool in all phases of the creative design process. Restricted to Major: 1206- Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02- Graduate. Prerequisites: None. Recommended background: Drawing 1.   (Fall).

IAD 6300. Studio 2. 6 Credits.

Applying design fundamentals from Studio 1 to small-scale interior architectural spaces. Prerequisites: IAD 6200. Restricted to Major: 1206 - Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02- Graduate. (Spring).

IAD 6305. Graphic Communications. 3 Credits.

Development of multimedia and digital techniques to express design concepts and intent. Prerequisites: IAD 6200. Restricted to Major: 1206- Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02 - Graduate. (Spring).

IAD 6310. Digital Drafting & Modeling. 3 Credits.

Introduction to CAD technology, two-dimensional drawings, plotting and enhancement of presentations. Use of CAD for the production of construction drawings. Prerequisites: IAD 6200. Restricted to Major: 1206-Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02- Graduate. (Spring).

IAD 6400. Studio 3. 6 Credits.

Continued exploration of the design process as applied to medium scale projects. Prerequisites: IAD 6300. Restricted to Major: 1206 - Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02-Graduate. (Summer).

IAD 6405. History of Modern Architecture and Design. 3 Credits.

Overview of 20th and 21st Century architecture, interiors, and furniture. Prerequisites: IAD 6300. Restricted to Major: 1206- Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02- Graduate. (Summer).

IAD 6410. Sustainability/LEED: Arch&Des. 3 Credits.

Application of sustainable design as well as introduction to the United States Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System. Prerequisites: IAD 6300. Restricted to Major: 1206-Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02-Graduate. (Summer).

IAD 6500. Studio 4. 6 Credits.

Continuation and refinement of the design process to further advance conceptual Thinking for development of larger-scaled and more complex design problems. Prerequisites: IAD 6400. Restricted to Major: 1206 - Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02-Graduate. (Fall).

IAD 6505. Lighting & Acoustics. 3 Credits.

Terminology, concepts, and principles of lighting design; acoustic principles as they relate to building design. Prerequisites: IAD 6400. Restricted to Major: 1206 - Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02-Graduate. (Fall).

IAD 6510. Pre-Design for Studio 5. 3 Credits.

Investigation and research of several topics to inform capstone project in Studio 5. Prerequisites: IAD 6400. Restricted to Major: 1206-Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02-Graduate. (Fall).

IAD 6600. Studio 5. 6 Credits.

Culmination of skills and knowledge from the program in the development of a capstone project specific to each student. Prerequisites: IAD 6500. Restricted to Major: 1206- Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02- Graduate. (Spring).

IAD 6605. Professional Practice. 3 Credits.

Roles and responsibilities of the professional interior designer. An Internship of 150 hours is required within a year of the course. Prerequisites: IAD 6500. Restricted to Major: 1206 - Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02-Graduate. (Spring).

IAD 6610. Structures & Building Systems. 3 Credits.

Organization and preparation of construction documents; methods and materials; and application of codes. Building systems (mechanical, electrical, plumbing) as related to function and design of interior spaces. Restricted to Major: 1206-Interior Architecture and Design, Level: 02-Graduate. Prerequisites: Studio 4 IAD 6500.   (Spring).