Interior Design Studio (Pre-College)
The field of interior design is rapidly changing. Interior designers are not only responsible for aesthetic elements but are also called upon to assess and understand a given site condition and create environments that inspire and support transformative human experience. In this class, faculty introduce students to the field of interior design through an institutional, commercial, or public studio project in New York City. Students engage in an iterative creative process that includes field observation and analysis, measuring, drawing, model making, and selecting and evaluating healthy materials. Students build technical skills and develop an understanding of scale, form, and spatial relationships needed to interpret the interior environment. Students divide their time between designing in the studio, learning to analyze and represent space, and taking field trips to relevant sites in New York City. Students will leave the class with a better understanding of the interconnectedness between interior design, ecology, and human experience, empowered to critique and build upon cultural understandings of the field.