INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE MASTER COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
IAGR 501 Graduate Studio I (3 0 3)
In an effort to meet the community needs as well as to stay on the cutting edge of development, growth and prosperity, students are expected to design and develop detailed programs as a result of extensive research for the given design problem. The projects are expected to include a study of color, lighting, HVAC and fire safety according to the facilities/ amenities that will take place within the project supported with feasibility reports considering the needs and preferences of users, and information regarding building regulations and codes.
IAGR 503 Research Methods (3 0 3)
A course designed to initiate the graduate student of interior architecture to the methods of research and to independent work as required in graduate study. This scope is achieved by a two-track course conducted simultaneously. On one hand, the theory of research is introduced through lectures, discussions and readings, with a particular stress on design and planning. On the other hand, students are invited to make field studies such as interviews and measurements, and analyze data collected from these studies. The results of the studies are submitted in the form of papers and presented to the group by the student. Each student is expected to prepare a final term paper at the end of the semester. This paper covers the studies achieved during the semester and is structured as a model research report.
IAGR 590 Graduate Seminar (Non-credit)
Providing an opportunity for the students to discuss the development of their thesis subject. Conducted in the form of seminars presented by all students. This course can be given after the first semester. The grade will be S(satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory). Students cannot complete their thesis before successfully complete this course.
IAGR 599 Thesis (Non-credit)
Thesis is a comprehensive work, consists of a scientific research, reaching the knowledge, evaluating and interpreting it, and documenting the study in a complete high level academic manuscript.
IAGR 502 Graduate Studio II (3 0 3)
The course focuses on the basics of conceptual design approach while discussing the dilemma between human needs and aesthetic considerations. The course becomes a medium where philosophical dimension of design theory meets professional practice. Students are encouraged to transfer their knowledge accumulation acquired during the design process into their projects in an extensive manner. Complex problem solving techniques are adopted to fulfill the requirements and necessities of space programming and organization.
IAGR 504 Decision Process in Design (3 0 3)
This course is aiming at developing the ability of graduate students to evaluate alternative design solutions, a vital issue for interior architects during their research studies and their professional life. It is naturally covering the field of project evaluation. But, a particular stress is given to traditional and modern methods of decision making, and to the use of these approaches in student’s specific master thesis. Lectures on theoretical topics are reinforced with assignments and practical work to be accomplished by the student. Assignments are generally related to the specific thesis subject of each student. The experience obtained from the course is expected to answer the decision-making problems that could be confronted in the master thesis.
IAGR 505 History of Theory (3 0 3)
This course covers and analysis of the major theories and discourses of architectural practices and periods that each time also create a “space theory” directed to interior architecture; such as Baroque, Art Nouveau, De Stijl, Modernism, Post Modernism and so on.
IAGR 506 Cost Control & Management (3 0 3)
Cost estimate principles, cost planning, Critical Path Method, Human aspects, marketing, trade unions, firms and finance, company organizations, preparations of building contracts, obligations and other legal matters.
IAGR 507 Directed Studies (3 0 3)
This course is to discuss some architectural design concepts, periods and tendencies in different spaces and times, which are or had been brought to agenda. It is expected to raise an interrogation on students about contemporary interior architecture.
IAGR 508 Analysis of Urban Space (3 0 3)
The scope of the course is to make the student acquainted with the topics, objectives and principles of urban design. Theoretical issues -such as the relationship of urban morphology, human perception and social activities, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, characteristics of streets and squares, urban space components- will be investigated through lectures and readings. Students are also required to prepare papers and drawings oriented to develop their ability to analyze and assess urban spaces or urban design schemes. The results of the assignments are presented in the class by the student.
IAGR 509 Building Safety (3 0 3)
Understanding the building features related to special dangerous activities. Designing according for different natural or artificial hazards. Choose of materials, detailing, related technologies. Fire escapes, learning emergency standards and regulations.
INAR 510 Creative Images in Architectural Design (3 0 3)
Some themes are referred to by all cultures to orientate in space and time. These themes constitute images of architecture, models of spatial organization or elements of the art of composing spaces; either interior, exterior or either residential, commercial, industrial or communal. This course covers an analysis of imaginative forms of architecture; such as atrium/courtyard, tower, ramp, arcades/loggias, wall, hole, channel, bridge, centrality, grid pattern, total space, etc.
IAGR 511 Lighting & Color (3 0 3)
Physical standards for comfort systems. Decision steps in Architectural Design process. Different trends in achieving optimum space qualities in lighting and color combinations. Need for perceptional abilities in the solid-void combinations on the facades of the buildings. Functional inputs for the preferences.
IAGR 512 Heating & Cooling with Solar Energy (3 0 3)
Principles of energy saving. Utilizing solar energy for heating & cooling. Passive and active systems. Designing the spaces according to the optimum solar radiation. Environmental preferences in choosing different systems. Physical standards for comfort systems.
IAGR 513 Structures (3 0 3)
System approach to the structural designing. Steps in the definitions of architectural design and structural decisions. Studying the structural characteristics of the different building materials. Basic structural requirements for achieving aesthetics. Plates, folded plates, modular coordination, 2 or 3 dimensional grids, membranes, shells, space frames, suspension and pneumatic structures.
IAGR 515 Meaning in Interior Architecture (3 0 3)
This course brings to attention a binary of interior/architectural form and its content; it covers principals, methods, pioneers and the knowledge of Semiology. Some field studies and element analysis; such as “door”, “chair”, “stairs”, etc, are extended over.
IAGR 516 Selected Topics (3 0 3)
Studies may or may not have direct relations to each of the thesis’ subject. The aims of the course differ depending upon the characteristics of the researcher and the subject. As a general understanding, one should create a scientific understanding for being productive at each case and showing right ways of problem definitions and achieving positive results in the problem solving process.
IAGR 517 Interior Landscape Design (3 0 3)
Use of natural and man-made landscape materials and understanding of exterior spaces; transitional zones between interior and exterior, the role of plantation in linking and furnishing space; separating and enclosing landscape elements, a systematic approach in the selection of appropriate schemes.
IAGR 521 Analysis and Assessment of Historical Buildings and Their Environments (3 0 3)
Historical buildings and even recently built buildings hold architectural quality besides lots of knowledge which give information about the building, its physical attributes, their function, life style of the society which the building belongs, architectural meaning, structure, social structure and many other including vernacular response to the environment, as to the climate, topography, geology and built environment. Usually interiors of built environment reveal more information than the exteriors of the buildings. These values make those buildings as a part of their heritage therefore they should be preserved. In accordance with this point of view historical/culturally valuable built environment are analyzed and understood, and according to international rules such as method of analysis and findings to help future alterations, change or restoration which would take place are discussed in the course.
IAGR 523 Advanced Presentation Techniques with 3DS Max (3 0 3)
Creating 3D objects, editing materials, applying light and rendering on VRay platform by using the 3DS Max software program.
IAGR 532 Philosophy and Methodology of Sustainable Design (3 0 3)
The necessity and drawbacks to implement the issue of sustainability in design is discussed regarding its environmental, social, and economic dimensions. It is intended for students to gain an analytical thinking ability by a series of projects given during the course, as to defining problems in the environment and proposing sustainable design solutions to them. The scope, applicability and weaknesses of major globally used environmental assessment systems as well as, international case study examples of sustainable design projects are analyzed.
IAGR 535 Impact of Japanese Aesthetics to Design (3 0 3)
Japanese aesthetics has been and still is a rich source of inspiration for designers of the world. This course introduces some of the conceptions and practices of this invaluable source. The course focuses on the key ideas of Japanese aesthetics like the relationship between human beings and nature, space and time, art and daily activities, interior and exterior, creative process and product. The class hours will be divided as lecture hours, screening of a film on the subject, and discussion hours.
IAGR 537 Visual Cultures and Communication (3 0 3)
Students get an overview over the basics in the scientific approaches to visual communications, semiotical aspects and visual cultures.
IAGR 538 Biomimicry: Design and Innovation by Nature (3 0 3)
Nature is an immense library of records accumulated through the billions of years of evolutionary process which we all can learn from. As designers and inventors all we need is to know how to approach nature. Biomimicry as a new discipline teaches us methods of incorporating the ways of nature into our design and innovation procedures. A lecture and practice based course for design and engineering students. It introduces the fundamentals of natural, ecological and environmental systems in a broad context. The focus is on the integration among the components of ecosystems: living organisms; climate; and the chemical environment. The ultimate goal of the course is to encourage students to explore the opportunity to introduce the integral processes of natural systems into their design and creation practices.
IAGR 539 Building Types and Programming ( 3 0 3)
This course covers theoretical accumulations in building typologies, such as residential units, commercial buildings, educational buildings, healthcare buildings, offices, entertainment facilities, sports facilities, and such with their theoretical references. Total process of the course covers theoretical and practical processes and progress altogether. The aim of this course is to improve the programming consciousness within the perspective of human requirements, functional requirements and theoretical background of each typological facility. Interior programming tools would be discussed within the scope of the course and students will to learn the typical characteristics of each building type not only through theoretical studies but also on-site researches as well, and they are expected to develop an exemplary program on a proposed building type.
IAGR 540 Aesthetics of Architecture and Interiors (3 0 3)
The course will provide students with an overview of aesthetics in relation to architecture. By studying aesthetics of architecture and interiors, students will acquire not only a theoretical background in investigating how architectural spaces affect people in several ways, but also an ability to read and understand theoretical texts, and to critically express their own views. This course introduces the students to the aesthetics of architecture, interiors, and design. By investigating some of the main texts applying aesthetic theories to architecture, aesthetic definition, experience, and appreciation of architectural spaces will be discussed. Each week, the discussion topic will be presented and moderated by a student
IAGR 566 Understanding the Concept of Soundscape (3 0 3)
The course concentrates on the recently emerged field, ‘soundscape’. The main components, integrating built environment and architecture, space, spatial perception, experience, and basics of sound analysis are covered in detail. In addition, methodological aspects on soundscape studies are discussed within the framework of this graduate course. The course is designed through integrating several different readings and a variety of evaluations on these texts to fulfill the requirements of a graduate level study and research.
Students are to choose 2 must and 5 elective courses, depending on the courses given in that specific semester, to complete the program. They are allowed to choose maximum 2 undergraduate courses from undergraduate program and/or maximum 2 from another university’s department’s electives if they wish so.