The practice of interior education

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The interior courses at the Portsmouth School of Architecture have been developing approaches to teaching and learning which have involved using live projects as a way to engage students with interior design. These projects have become a key part of the courses at both undergraduate and post graduate level of study. The design briefs have encouraged a collaborative approach to design and also ensured that students start to engage with real problems for design projects. The collaboration is happening between undergraduates and Masters students, and across Architecture and Interior Design courses. Real problem solving includes; understanding the client's needs, developing a brief and 'reading a site', also understanding how to initiate a response to a given context. At Masters level, the students have the possibility to respond to the problem in pragmatic and abstract ways. The 'live' project also has unpredictable challenges and opportunities and as a teaching tool offers possibilities for students to learn about important aspects of communication and also the notion of project management, dealing with a problem and responding to a set of sometimes emerging conditions. A 'live' project brings certain challenges to a teaching programme, in particular the timing of assessment and the project's schedule. Also ensuring that the client's expectations of the project are clear from the start. From the outset, there needs to be some flexibility to ensure that the students' experience can be reactive, whilst also giving them the excitement of a real project with a range of unpredictable conditions and possibilities.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2011
EventInterior Futures '11 - University of Northumbria, Newcastle, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 Mar 20114 Mar 2011


ConferenceInterior Futures '11
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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