This studio based BA(Hons) Interior Architecture programme is concerned with the reuse, adaptation and rehabilitation of buildings; be they old, new, forgotten, redundant or in disrepair. It is concerned with the existing as palimpsest and manner by which interiors are conceived and integrated into the existing host site. We place an emphasis on the recognition of built fabric and site narratives as equal precursors to the development of an adaption to prolong or alter existing space. The programme uses the design project as the central vehicle for learning, contributing to 50% of all studies within each year. Design projects are planned to stimulate and provoke imaginative responses to the re-use and adaption of existing architectural space and range from directed, to live projects with national and regional partnerships, to self-directed brief setting. Students work within dedicated design studios, with space provided for each student to quickly establish a culture of belonging, authentic learning and professionalism. Students have access to state of the art rapid prototyping, modeling and IT labs, participate in a European Study tours in year 2 and have opportunity for subject specific site visits throughout the programme. Our students can reach their potential with such important facilities, with NSS overall satisfaction as 100% 2013-14.
Alongside studio projects, students examine both academic and practical aspects of Interior Architecture such as its history and theory, technology and construction, environmental design, communication and management principles. These subjects run throughout each year of study and are critically aligned to studio based project work, bringing contextual relevance to each and providing valuable preparation for work in practice. Our graduates have successfully attained design positions within regional and national practice, including Foster + Partners, Squire + Partners, Ryder Architecture and FaulknerBrowns. Students are taught by dedicated subject specialists, the wider architecture team and regular visiting lectures from practice, bring currency to learning.
In Year 1 students study key principles and processes of the subject, which they then exploit within set exploratory design projects. They study themes such as place, space, interior and narrative, working alongside colleagues in Architecture. Students benefit from this relationship, working together within a broader studio culture where ideas and attitudes towards Interior Architecture are discussed and acted upon. In year 2 students use more challenging design projects to test strategies for adapting and occupying existing buildings more thoroughly, working with live clients and set project briefs, in groups and individually. Year 3 design projects present opportunities for a deeper critique of the subject and are both directed and self-initiated, often working to live briefs set by live clients. The production of detailed technical, environmental and theoretical reports articulate the intellect and rationale behind a major design project and contribute to a professionally oriented portfolio on completion. Final year student work is exhibited at the end of year 3 within our studios in Newcastle and at IE: Free Range in London.