Interior Architecture & Design

Overview

At the intersection of architecture, interior and experience design, the Interior Architecture and Design programme provides a multi-disciplinary approach to transforming existing spaces and places.  In increasingly Urban Environments, the emphasis on the design and working of a building, inside out, has gained tremendous importance. The programme focuses on examining existing structures and transforming their interior through relevant design interventions and renovations that give existing buildings a new life.  

Unlike courses in interior design and decoration, the Interior Architecture programme focuses on spatial design and detailing, adaptive reuse and retrofitting as well as architectural addition and refurbishment.  

The programme addresses a wide range of spaces, from domestic to retail, institutional to  commercial and set/production design to issues of conservation. Whether designing a structure, situation or event, the interior architect responds to how society interacts with, and inhabits space.

How We Teach

Built Environment is an intrinsic part of our lives. The Interior Architecture programme is aimed at this intrinsic understanding of this environment which one inhabits in its various forms. The programme is designed to ensure the students’ development as successful and ethical practitioners by equipping them with the specialized skills to understand principles, processes and practices within the field of Interior Architecture and Design.

The Interior Architecture course at IIAD is envisioned to allow students to become critical thinkers and self-reflective design practitioners, by providing them with a multi-disciplinary, intellectually rigorous and learner centric environment. A range of teaching and learning strategies have been adopted to enable the students to develop specialist skills and knowledge of the discipline.  

A deep understanding of the Built Environment, it’s fundamental principles like technology, history, politics, culture, people, identity, and importantly, economics, along with technical aspects of services and construction are at the core of the programme. These lay emphasis on understanding the discipline comprehensively and as part of a larger knowledge system. Project-based learning further provides insight into industry practices and exposure to contemporary discourses within the field. Students are further encouraged to develop a strong design process which incorporates these aspects and builds on their own knowledge systems.

The program also cuts across the various design disciplines offered at the institute allowing students to understand design as a holistic phenomenon and also encouraging a multidisciplinary learning environment.

To know more about the teaching-learning philosophy of IIAD, click here.

What You Learn

Interior Architecture & Design

The course at IIAD is based on the concept of circular learning progression where the student begins their 1st year of the discipline with unpacking their own embedded knowledge which moves on to the 2nd year focussing on making an industry connect and finally bringing it back to developing and representing themselves as successful reflective practitioners of the field in the 3rd and final year. The emphasis of the course is to provide an experiential learning environment with topical and live projects. In doing so the traditional divides of theory vs practice, studio vs non-studio subjects are removed and an integrative, immersive and a total learning environment is encouraged.

At IIAD we strongly believe that students come with intrinsic knowledge. Therefore, in the very first year of their specialization they are introduced to the fundamental principles and contexts of the Built Environment with a view to understand their own context, their being, their background, their roots and their cultural milieu. They are encouraged to question and create their personal narratives by situating themselves within historical and socio-cultural contexts. The year begins with the project ‘Reading and Production of Space’ focusing on translation of ideas into a physical space, while understanding principles such as anthropometrics, ergonomics, aesthetic harmony, besides the contextual systems it operates in, culminating into making scale models of respective designs. Emphasis is on becoming observant of the interactions with the spaces we inhabit. Further building on this knowledge is done by looking at ‘Material Entanglements’ within the Interior Architecture industry. Besides the current practices, there is also a push to create an awareness and sensitivity towards indigenous practices, traditional techniques and local identities.

The most important component of this year is to learn representation skills and this is incorporated in the various projects and also as a standalone project. ‘Representation of Space’ for an Interior architect is not just about learning to draw plans, sections and elevation but to design ways of communicating ideas and interventions. The project exposes students to the various tools and technologies – digital as well as analogue, available in the field of art and design; from sketching, creating storyboards, learning to draft to learning 2D and 3D visualisation software.

The first year includes introducing students to alternate ways of design thinking, by bringing in experts from various backgrounds (not limited to architecture or interior design). These are conceptualised as plug-in within projects to initiate a dialogue on innovative techniques and contemporary debates about sustainable practices, Indian craft traditions, socio-cultural and political issues, principles of Universal Design, technological advances, environmental issues and many more.

In the 2nd year, students engage with the process and practice of Interior Architecture and Design through work on multiple projects. The emphasis here is on learning by doing as well as imbibing an in depth disciplinary understanding of Interior Architecture and Design. It aims at developing design skills and help them oversee the entire design process from designing on paper to the execution on the site.  To carry on with our philosophy of learning with hands and the act of ‘making’, students work on LIVE projects. Meeting clients, giving regular presentations, dealing with contractors and recording their observation from the site, makes students’ learning within the projects a lot more intensive than just designing hypothetically on paper.

Students in this year work on a variety of projects from Retail, Hospitality, Residential to Product Design. There is an emphasis that each student understands the contextual and intellectual underpinnings of these major design typologies. They constantly reflect on their work and are able to demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationships between multiple contexts within which design is situated. Also, technical inputs related to various services like air conditioning, electrical, plumbing and lighting are also plugged into each project. Training for digital skills also becomes critical in the second year for better presentation and communication of design ideas. Thus, the design studio functions as an integrative immersive and total learning environment.

The final year commences with a 12 week industry internship that provides practical exposure and realistic view of the industry, which further builds a deeper understanding of design practice.  In order to discover their own identity through personal expression, students undertake one major design project which culminates their learning of the entire course. This project transitions towards developing their own design philosophies and practices.  The course ends with a capstone thesis project wherein students design and present a large scale project that reflects their individual creative abilities and design sensibilities. Students are also given exposure to entrepreneurial skills to enable them to run a successful design practice.

Student Work

Career Opportunities

Students graduating from the Interior Architecture and Design Programme at IIAD can seamlessly adapt and constructively contribute to an industry that has a strong design philosophy. Here are some jobs an Interior Architecture Graduate can consider in the international creative force.


  • Interior Spatial Design

    Interior Spatial Designers are conceptual designers who are in charge of the format, plan, and adornment of multifaceted spaces. These designers require to have an imaginative flair and the business intuition essential for managing residential spaces and overseeing such projects. They need to keep in mind lighting, air flow, movement and other variables while designing the interiors.

  • Interior Styling and Experience Design

    Interior Styling basically involves giving the space a make-over so that it appears aesthetically appealing. Interior stylists work closely with design professionals such as architects, suppliers, lighting and kitchen designers. they work on creating new colour schemes to suit a given space, add textures, optimise the layout, use materials to create aesthetic presence and create an enviornment that is easy to use by all occupants.

    An Experience Designer works on designing products, services, processes, events and environments. The Experience Designer is an expert who creates installations and displays for large scale exhibitions, for example, huge open presentations, gatherings, public exhibitions, transitory showcases for organizations, historical centers, libraries and workmanship displays.

  • Residential Design

    Residential Designing is the art of creating functional and aesthetic living spaces. Architects design the structure whereas residential space designers take care of the aesthetics of a residential space. These designers possess an artistic flair as well as the business awareness required for planning interior spaces.

  • Institutional Design

    Institutional Designers work on providing customized plans and schemes for spaces such as engineering sectors, set designs, scene structure, administrative structures and craft sectors. It centers on the fundamentals of addressing the area between an inside and outside of a building as well as looks at the worth of cross-over or common zones in both public and private sector buildings

  • Retail Design and Visual Merchandising

    A Retail Designer works on the improvement of interior spaces utilized for business purposes. A Retail Designer’s work can include sketching designs manually or via CAD (Computer-aided design), determining the colour, detail and balance of the design, updated with latest trends in the field of commercial space (as they keep changing), managing project requirements with keen knowledge on strategic planning, accounting and marketing.

    Visual Merchandising is intertwined with retail space designing wherein professionals develop floor plans and 3D displays in an aesthetic manner to maximize sales. Visual merchandisers work on creating eye-catching product displays, store layouts and design.

  • Heritage Space Design

    Heritage space designers work on a rich tapestry of tangible and intangible natural and cultural heritage designs. This also involves co-creation of local community spaces while nurturing the values of existing cultural landscapes. Heritage Space Designing is driven towards exploring new tools to manage and preserve heritage sites and their surroundings.

  • Hospitality and Recreation Design

    The design of hospitality and recreational spaces are different and unique. Designer in this sector tends to work on offering unique solutions to hospitality and recreational areas. The designers take care of the fact that the sectors designed offers pleasurable response to the physical, emotional and intellectual atmosphere.

  • Exhibition Design

    Exhibition Designers work on creating capacity optimized for displays, installations and other prerequisites of  exhibitions. An Experience Designer’s  work can include:

    • Showcasing their thoughts as representations, scale plans, PC produced visuals and models
    • Talking about their thoughts with customers.
    • Directing the development of the segments (for the most part in workshops) and gathering and establishment at the show setting in small scale organisations
    • Dealing with requests for provisions.
    • Liaising with specialized masters, for example lighting experts.
    • Comprehension and translating the right materials and costs associated with the execution of the plan.
    • Making enormous organization fine art for settings and stand segments.
    • Planning vector based work of art for convenient shows, for example popup stands.
    • Performing and delivering as per the deadlines.
  • Event Management and Design

    Event Management is the application of project management to the creation and development of large-scale events such as concerts, conventions, formal parties, conferences, festivals, ceremonies, trade shows etc. Event designing also known as event styling is understood as the process of incorporating aesthetic elements to suit the theme of a specific event.

  • Set Design and Scenography

    A set designer and scenographer is responsible for visualizing, structuring and making the sets, designing the look and feel of theatres, movies and TV programs.

    The job includes working with executives, makers, outfit originators and different individuals from staff. It also includes integrating the pre-requisites such as script, research budget, and locations available to develop design, selecting furniture, pictures, lamps, draperies, rugs etc for authenticity, decorative quality and appearance. For this they would be required to confer with heads of production and direction to present their design ideas, establish schedules, and organise budgets. They work would culminate in directing and coordinating set construction, erection, and decoration activities to ensure conformance to design, schedules and budget requirements.

  • Interior Accessories and Products Design

    Interior Accessories are considered to be very significant to enhance the interiors of a given environment . Interior Accessories and Products designers take care of the colour, texture, shine and punch of that area. These designers also optimize the art, furniture, glassware, furnishings and other decorative pieces that individualize and personalize the space.

  • 3D Visualization

    3D Visualization also known as 3D rendering, 3D graphics and Computer Generated Imagery (CGI) refers to the process through which graphical content is created using 3D software. The technology has become mainstream over the decades and has also evolved to be one of the most feasible options for producing top-notch digital content. 3D Visualization is enormously helpful to the client and enables decision making. The customer is able to visualise what the final outcome will be.

Faculty

Facilities & Resources

Production Equipment:

  • Equipment within the material Lab (Details from Pankaj Bisht)
  • Individual Locker/Storage Spaces

Digital Resources:

  • Digital Resource Centre with 60 Mac Workstations
  • Digital Reprographics
  • Software
    • Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Adobe Stock, Illustrator Draw, Typekit, Premiere Pro, After Effects, Dreamweaver, Spark Post, Spark Video and more)
    • Autodesk AutoCad
    • Google SketchUp- Plug-in V-Ray

Knowledge Resource Center

  • IIAD Library offers an integrated access to a comprehensive range of academic and reference titles on Fashion , Communication and Interior Architecture,, to understand and thrive in the Industry. Books can be issued and used for references.
  • Online – Delnet Library Network

Admissions

For detailed information on the Eligibility, Application Process and Fee Structure, please click here.

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