Interior Design Academic Studios: A Recap Within UAE
2nd Year MA Interior Design - Semester III
MAID 201: Design Thesis Research
WHAT WE DO
The Interior Design and Architecture Studios are to be revisited and observed from the perspective of improving their space design. This study will look into the research conducted on design principles and theories to create a better learning environment for the university design students.
In that case, the studios will influence design STUDENTS' abilities to concentrate, think, and peRform well.
1. To engage various possibilities for the improvement of the physical environment supporting design education.
2. To look into the improvement of a better designed environment for design students in UAE.
3. To investigate students’ perception on their conventional studios and how they perceive on the preferred studios physical environment.
1. To recognize, adapt and fit what works to fit emerging needs in a design studio.
2. To deliver a comfortable ambiance, healthy, secured physical environment and technological resources.
3. To provide a space for multiple uses that invites activities to occur.
#1: “The History of School Design and its Indoor Environmental Standards, 1900 to Today” (paper).
1. History of School of Design (sub-chapters)
1.1: Ergonomics 1.2: Material Finishes 1.3: Lighting Features 1.4: Design Stage & Floor Planning
Context: It will provide me a better and careful study on how to improve the university studios for the future. The interior design and architecture studios haven’t changed or evolved in United Arab Emirates and have not set any goals of making a better learning environment for the younger people. However, this article states important design principles in quality of learning environments, which will be characterized for the coming decades with a newer design trend for my design thesis research.
Design Education | Interior Design | Architecture | Design Studio | School Design | Innovation | Culture| Theories | Quality | Standards | Design Principles | Physical Health | Environment | Technologies | Research | Materials | Principles | Renovation | Energy Conservation
#2: “Design Features of the Physical Learning Environment for Collaborative, Project- Based Learning at the Community College Level” (report)“
2. Design Features of Studio Environment (sub- chapters)
2.1: Designing a Studio Space That Evolves Creativity 2.2: An Artist’s Territory 2.3: Design Students interaction towards a Studio
Context: The data collection and literature review that has been completed by the author, will make me gain an approach towards the methods for collecting data. In addition, data collection will support the focus of the study within the categories or strategic planning for the future design.
Scale | Location | Functionality | Relationships| Community Life | Globalization | Working Environment | Technology| Educational Facilities | Space | Flexibility | Design Studio | Social Structure | Theme
#3: “CREATIVE PRACTICES IN THE DESIGN STUDIO CULTURE: COLLOBRATION AND COMMUNICATION.” (article).
3. Design Studio Culture (sub- chapters)
3.1: Building Design Options 3.2: Cultural Setting 3.3: View of Direction to Futuristic Design Studios
Summary: The writers state how an interior space within a studio supports communication between a group of designers. Their aim was to create a fieldwork of design practices that focused on developing solutions, understanding how a variety of designers have different knowledge compared to other workers and to also understand how to combine a set of activities that would enable designers to get creative during the studio working hours. As stated “Our intention was to understand design practices beyond the productivity point of view and take into account the experiential, inspirational and aesthetical aspects of design practices.” (Dhaval, Geir & Anton, 2012, pg. 415 ). In order to study the design studio culture, their results were developed by three themes: use of artefacts, use of space & designerly practices.
Ethnography | Design Studio Environment
Mixed method approach
CASE STUDIES + Observations
Semi- Structured Interviews
Final data collection framework
Universities in UAE SELECTED FOR my case study:
1. American University of Dubai (AUD) Interviews: 3 Faculty Members. Surveys: 20 design students.
2. University of Sharjah (UOS) Interviews: 5 faculty members surveys: 40 design students
3. Ajman University of Science & Technology (AUST) Interviews: 3 Faulty Members Surveys: 20 design students.
4. Al Ghurair University (AGU) Interviews: 1 Faculty Member Surveys: 10 design students.
The Departments of Architecture and Interior Design’s list of labs and facilities are comprised of the following:
- 4 Computer Labs with powerful + updated with 3D or Revit software. - 4 Studio labs. - 1 Lecture room. - 1 Multi-purpose room in new building A. - 1 Design Center in new building A. - 9 Projectors for power-point and other presentations. - A furniture workshop comprised of a prefab light structure outside building A. - A Mimio device converting white board to smart boards.
1. Uncomfortable Furniture
2. Lack of floor mounted electric sockets
Excellent services provided for students
4. Require acoustic Panel System
3. propose shelving units for storage in design studios
let’s keep it simple
let’s keep it simple
2. university of sharjah (Interior Design building)
- Auditorium (lectures) - MAC Labs - Library - Workshops
1. Uncomfortable Furniture
2. To Propose floor mounted electric sockets in order to PROVIDE SAFETY
4. Lack of Acoustic Panels Used
4. lack of natural sunlight in the design studio space