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Proceedings of the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student

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Architecture -- Research, Design -- Study and teaching, Architecture -- Study and teaching -- United States


The Architecture/ Interior Architecture [ARIA] duel degree program at Auburn University's School of Architecture is a unique design education model that offers a holistic approach to the relationship between interior and exterior space early in the design student's education. This program's mission at a fundamental pedagogical basis incorporates Architecture and Interior Architecture within Auburn's architecture curriculum model, allowing the development of the concept of "total design" into the design mentality of students. Gesamtkunstwerk, the German word most commonly interpreted in reference to Modem Architecture historical discourse to mean "total work of art:' offers inspiration to the ARIA program model via the more subtle implications within the alternative translation of the word, which is "total design:' ARiA is aggressively inclusive of other non-architectural methods of cultural production in its content such as the fine arts. literature, philosophy, and cultural criticism. An emphasis on practice ideas in recent history that combine interior design and architecture sensibilities such as in the work of Charles and Ray Eames, of the De Stijl movement, of Eileen Gray and others forms a basis for the study of similarly functioning contemporary design practices like Office dA and Tsao + McKown architects - both fluid at scales of design from the material to the urban form. This paper will analyze the pedagogical framework of the ARIA program model by discussing the essence of the curriculum, material research emphasis, and the use of the case study method in teaching.The core of the presentation further elaborates curricular issues by examining the role of the beginning level Elements of Interior Architecture courses, the two operative paradigms for studios, and ARIA Thesis. Other significant contributors to the program include the role of the ARIA faculty, the development of the ARIA Sustainable Material Laboratory and Library, and the self-publication of work with the ARIA Press. Continued success of the duel degree has required the institution of an admissions process at the second year level due to an overwhelming interest from students. A developed sensitivity to formulating total design has allowed recent graduates of the program to function fluidly in today's current market in architecture professional practice in which architects are increasingly required to design interior spaces and operate material-driven projects.


Presented at the 18th National Conference on the Beginning Design Student, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon. March 14-16, 2002.

© Portland State University, published by Portland State University, Department of Architecture

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