Interior Space Design Methodology

Master Courses - Barcelona

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Based on a project culture and on our own innovative methodology, this Masters course aims to produce professionals with the ability to innovate in the vast field that is space design. Different spaces and scales will be worked on in a multicultural context, ranging from the human side to urban aspects, focusing on the details and taking on a contemporary, cross-sector approach.

The programme draws on the importance of creative autonomy in the project design process, geared towards producing original solutions by inverting the usual procedure behind space design. This is done by limiting options to a single material but offering the incentive of technical innovation based on the student’s research.

The process culminates when the space designed is able to instantly transmit sensations and atmospheres from the moment the user interacts with the space and the material. The result is a space capable of combining authorship, concept and meaning.

The course gradually reveals the origin, essence and soul of things. It ventures deep into the core and the rigour of the raw materials that construct space, exploring and researching the power of materials in the quest for an architecture that can unveil the intrinsic nature of each one.

  • Credits
    60*
  • Start date
    January 2020
  • Duration
    6 months
  • Attendance
    full-time
  • Language
    English

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Objectives

​- To have greater contact with the professional world and acquire the necessary tools to tackle the heterogeneity and diversity of programmes and places encompassed within the field of interior design.

- To focus predominantly on research by learning a methodology and project process. The end result is not a goal in itself, but a vehicle for providing the student with the necessary knowledge and tools to handle any type of multidisciplinary project in the future. Students develop the ability to plan and understand the stages of the work process by alternating both aspects.

The course also draws on the students’ diverse backgrounds in order to further enhance the group’s knowledge.

 

Methodology

The duality between the two worlds of method and practice harbours a system based on values: a manifesto of intentions and actions happening all at once to produce a singular learning methodology.

This manifesto envisages theoretical categories and action formats that have been empirically tested by IED and the course coordinator, Josep Ferrando, over the last ten years at two of the School’s centres: Barcelona and Rio de Janeiro.

Our manifesto seeks to express the principles and actions that guide a different way of seeing, thinking and expressing through architecture.

1- Know-how vs inspiration

2- Process vs results

3- System vs method

4- Efficiency vs accessory

5- Multi-scale vs mono-scale

6- Strict vs random

7- Experience vs object

8- Subtle vs explicit

 

Students Profile

This masters course is intended for professionals and students in various fields of space design:

- architects, interior designers, permanent or pop-up public space designers, landscape designers. 

- urban furniture designers, atmosphere designers as creative art directors (in films, TV and advertising).

- product designers (furniture systems, surfaces, sustainable and recycled indoor finishes),

- design consultants, graphic designers, stage designers (in theatre and dance),

- exhibition and stand creators and assemblers,

- fine arts professionals (sculptures, performances, installations, photography), events organisers and designers (fashion shows, corporate events, celebrations), and more.

 

Professional Opportunities

Space designers have a variety of career options open to them. Students who complete the masters can steer their careers in different directions, including:

- Working as a design expert for architecture and interior design firms or multidisciplinary studios specialising in space design, landscape design, window displays, product design, stage design, or home, retail and urban furnishing.

- Becoming a designer for events, pop-up architecture, museum installations, fashion shows, exhibitions, stands, experiences, audiovisual communication, identity design or art director.

- Collaborating with design studios in every speciality and working on a team during the concept application stage, development and management of space design projects.

- Working in multidisciplinary teams to carry out permanent or pop-up residential and retail interior design projects under public or private initiatives.

- Working as a freelance designer and entrepreneur in any design speciality: product, interior design, furniture, etc.

 

Coordinators

The coordinator of the Master supports the choice of the teaching team, all of them professionals with extensive experience, and associated with prestigious institutions and organisations in their fields of expertise. We have the participation of prominent international professors and speakers, who will explain to students the different approaches to designing contemporary interior spaces.

JOSEP FERRANDO

Combines design and construction with his teaching activities. He has taught classes in several universities since 1998. Some of these include the Escola Tècnica Superior d'Arquitectura de Barcelona (ETSAB), La Salle Engineering and Architecture School, the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Universidad Torcuato di Tella in Buenos Aires (UTDT), Istituto Europeo di Design, and the Eina School of Art and Design. He has also been a guest professor at Hochschule für Technik Zürich (HSZT) in Switzerland, and Escola da Cidade in Sao Paulo, Universidade Positivo (UNICENP) in Curitiba, and Universida de Federal do Paraná (UFPR), Brazil. He has given talks at various universities, including Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cornell University, Universidad de Palermo in Buenos Aires, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and at the International Union of Architects (IUA) conference in Tokyo. His work has been exhibited in several countries including the United States, Switzerland, Sweden, Norway, and Portugal, and prestigious Architecture Galleries like Aedes Berlin and events like Biennale di Architettura in Venice.

Duration and frequency:
Start: January 16th 2020
Frequency: 6 months
Timetable: Monday to Friday from 6.30 p.m to 10.40 p.m. 

* The educational planning for all IED Master courses is aligned with the criteria established by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The IED Master program has adopted a credit structure that follows the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The IED Master issues private degrees.

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    • Graphic Projects Studio

    • Project Studio

      The studio sessions will focus on developing an understanding of the culture of the market economy, through a unique major project, covering a broad spectrum of commercial activity. The project in question is the redesign of a commercial ‘mall’ in central Barcelona. The mall is located in one of the most expensive retail sites in Spain, ensuring that the surroundings are constantly thronged with eager shoppers, but nevertheless, it remains ubiquitously empty of shoppers.The project requires strategic reassessment and ‘re-positioning’, in the initial phases, before proceeding to the design of a series of spaces within the mall that relate to differing market segments: Visual Merchandising, Fashion and Food.

    • Project Studio 2

      The studio sessions will focus on developing an understanding of the culture of the market economy, through a unique major project, covering a broad spectrum of commercial activity. The project in question is the redesign of a commercial ‘mall’ in central Barcelona. The mall is located in one of the most expensive retail sites in Spain, ensuring that the surroundings are constantly thronged with eager shoppers, but nevertheless, it remains ubiquitously empty of shoppers.The project requires strategic reassessment and ‘re-positioning’, in the initial phases, before proceeding to the design of a series of spaces within the mall that relate to differing market segments: Visual Merchandising, Fashion and Food.

    • Workshops Service Design

      Services and spaces are intimately linked yet too often they are not considered in conjunction with one another during design development, which leads to lost opportunities. We will investigate this relationship and use some service design methodologies and tools to link the two together to expose new potential for creating more compelling experiences. We will gain rapid awareness of services through direct observation and analysis of some local offerings and their characteristics and then use visualization techniques to represent them. Through an exploration of opportunities based on our first hand observations we will develop and present new opportunity spaces.

    • Workshops Public Play

      What does it take to generate good, meaningful play? How do you get people to participate? Why would they want to? In this workshop, we will survey environmental factors of the retail environment and use the information gathered to create strategies for play. Children become active players and authors in the retail environment.

    • Workshops Interface Design

      What does it take to generate good, meaningful play? How do you get people to participate? Why would they want to? In this workshop, we will survey environmental factors of the retail environment and use the information gathered to create strategies for play. Children become active players and authors in the retail environment.

    • Eco-design

    • Project Management

      This courses examines project development, planning and completion using case studies and models specific to cultural-related events and projects.

    • Info. Technology

      Graphic programmes: Photoshop, Freehand, Illustrator. CAD: Autocad, 3D Studio Max

    • Construction Theory

      Constructional problem solving. Standard solutions/non-standard solutions. Mass production/custom production. Static interiors/space in motion. Construction parameters.

    • Construction Practice

      ‘On-site’: Project materialization. Construction & Installations. Materials. Building regulations. Illumination.Theory & Practice. Project construction detail development

    • Public Speaking

    • Software Management

      Software organization within the office. Software integration. Work-sharing.

    • Team Management

      Structure of the office. Work organitzation. Interaction with external professionals.

    • Creative Coaching

      Personal ‘coaching’ sessions dedicated to helping the student to widen his vision of his professional reality, allowing him to observe that reality from a variety of viewpoints, widening his capacity to respond, developing new strategies and new forms of communication and behaviour

    • Design Management

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