Abhinav Narayanan

Course Modules

BA (Hons) Interior Architecture & Design at IIAD covers the aforementioned aspects of fundamental design education through a series of modules mentioned below:


The emphasis is to enquire into how multiple contexts whether these be literal/physical (such as product, material, trend, client, etc.) or metaphorical/environmental (such as history, culture, traditions, style, identity, difference, social issues, awareness, etc.) are integral to the production of design. Students progressively become aware of contexts, analyze and represent them and finally consolidate learnings from the modules through lectures, workshops, researched assignments and projects. Some of the aspects taught within these modules include:

  • Researched projects, live and competition briefs within specific set contextual parameters
  • Research methods and evaluation techniques
  • Project visits/field trips, lectures, seminars and subject specific talks by a range of experts from associated fields
  • Introduction to contemporary debates and dialogues across multiple disciplinary areas that inform design.


These modules in Interior Architecture and Design course cultivate the ability to develop creative abstract design thinking and translate it into the three-dimensional compositions of space and form with a system of ordering.

Additionally, the focus is on design process tools such as diagramming, drawing, and model making through a series of design explorations including abstract ideation, physical embodiment, architectural composition, and precedent analysis exercises. These modules also develop creative conceptual thinking and investigative rapid visual analysis. The students in these modules will investigate a variety of design objects from architecture to furniture through a combination of conceptual analysis, diagramming, and sketching. Furthermore, these modules conduct the study of design through research, analysis, programming, and conceptualization.

Some of the aspects taught within these modules include:

  • Introduction to the design process through practical project work – research, observation, documentation, idea generation, concept development, proposition, iteration, evaluation, and communication
  • Introduction to core discipline considerations through practical project work
  • Engagement with context
  • Introduction to user need and human empathy
  • Presentation techniques

Design Realization

Modules on design realization in Interior Architecture and Design Degree focus on the integration of design, fabrication and materiality, all necessary to complete an original interior art and design project. They help students synthesize their design and fabrication skills (both virtual and real) and explore the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical issues involved with the design and making of a project. Furthermore, these modules present students with an environment that enables the broad study of material skins, fittings especially covering their specification, composition, making, application and usability. Another emphasis of these modules is on training students to grasp the properties and working characteristics of tool use, techniques and safe machine operations in the use of materials. These modules develop through lectures, demonstrations, projects and field trips that promote the development of design ideas into effective solutions.

Some of the aspects taught within these modules include:

  • Principles of materials and construction and their relationship to design realization
  • Immersion into materials and manufacturing processes
  • Practical development of workshop and studio-based model making techniques in a design context
  • Exploration of the creative use of materials and technologies
  • Virtual methods of design realization

Self and Professional Development

Modules on self and professional development in Interior Architecture and Design course focus on developing the selfhood of students; helping them transform themselves into reflexive, rigorous, ethical and entrepreneurial professionals. Towards this end, these modules shall introduce students to multiple ways of investigating their own status as future design professionals. Additionally, these modules shall also introduce them to a variety of business practices, contractual obligations/responsibilities and forums helping them understand and develop their own forms of working. In many ways these modules extend the learnings from the context module and work in tandem with the process and design realization modules to create a holistic experience after which the students are prepared to take on the rigours of the global design industry. The learning format in these modules shall include but not be limited to seminars, workshops, self-reflection generation exercises, lectures and interactions with experts from the field.

Some of the aspects taught within these modules include:

  • Ethics
  • Critical thinking
  • Design Excellence
  • Professional Practice/culture
  • Develop sensitivity to Cultural/social difference

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