Abhinav Narayanan

Our Teaching-Learning Philosophy

The Undergraduate Programme in Interior Architecture and Design at IIAD has a unique curricular structure and pedagogy, which stems from its ideals to produce rigorous, ethical, and entrepreneurial Interior Architects and Designers in India today. The pedagogical principle of Interior Architecture & Design programme stems from a belief that learning happens best in a stimulating open ended environment where students and faculty work as peers on an enquiry. To make this possible, education in the Interior Design Course at IIAD is based on an Atelier/Studio system. Each atelier has studio-masters amongst whom a broad range of expertise is covered. This philosophy encourages students to learn about the various facets of design, ranging from history, theory and criticism, materiality, spatiality to lighting, etc. This is administered in an integrative immersive learning environment to remove distinctions between theory-practice.

In addition, students are strongly encouraged to develop their own informed and creative approach, taking into account contemporary research, current industry, architecture and interior design practices and future speculations. This is achieved through our teaching philosophy, which focuses on creating awareness of the forces and issues that influence society and industry while meeting the needs of present and future generations.

A wide range of learning and teaching strategies are used for effectively imparting knowledge and skills pertaining to Interior Architecture and Design Course. These include:

These strategies aim to help students learn the following:

The Interior Architecture Degree teaches the students to produce a coordinated and harmonious whole in which the architecture, site, function, and visual aspects of the interior are unified. They also learn about harmony of colour, texture, lighting, scale, and proportion. The students learn to express joy, gaiety and excitement and to aim at people's hearts and not just their minds.

Foundation Course in Design (Year 1)

During their first year in Interior Architecture & Design programme, students learn about different facets of design to aid their later understanding and work. They work with their peers and faculty to explore different concepts, techniques, and materials which are intimately related to design processes. They are encouraged to acknowledge and build upon their own leanings with respect to design while they prepare themselves for an interpretative, critical and innovative understanding of what it means to design and to be a designer.

Year 2

Students enter the Interior Architecture & Design programme proper and begin the project-based studio work.

Within these studios, students learn about the Built Environment, to understand its complexity in relation to technology, conservation, history, politics, culture, ideology, identity and, importantly, economics. Here students also learn to analyse and critique preceding interventions of the Built Environment through Design along the same lines.

Years 3 & 4

Here the students have to complete 4 projects in 2 years.

In year 3 of Interior Architecture & Design Course, they work on two ateliers (studios). The first atelier specializes on a mode of working where design is produced and executed through individuation, customization, and fabrication. In the second atelier, design is approached more from an assemblage point of view, where designers are quasi-curators. Each apprentice/student must complete one project each in these two ateliers; however, they may choose the sequence of the ateliers.

Once the apprentice/student has commenced working on the second atelier, they may choose the third project from either of the above-mentioned ateliers. Therefore, by the time the apprentice/student enters the final semester of the meme, they would have completed 2 projects in one atelier and 1 project in the other atelier.

These projects shall be decided upon by the studio-masters and can be of varying scales and nature, so as to facilitate for the apprentices/students an experience of working on different projects. Each apprentice/student will be working not only with their immediate peers, but also with those who have joined the project/s before them.

Subsequent to this, the advance-level apprentice/student has to suitably demonstrate their ability to take on the role akin to that of a studio-master. As a final project to be carried out, the apprentice /student chooses a particular project and designs their own atelier (similar to a committee) which comprises various studio-masters and peers, whose role now shall be to assist and collaborate with the apprentice. After successful completion of the final project, students shall graduate with a degree in Interior Architecture & Design.

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