Experiential Learning Modules for Interior Design Visualization Strategies

By Elizabeth Pober.

Published by The Design Collection

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Interior designers focus a significant amount of their time working on the development of volumetric design solutions that create the interior architectural spaces within buildings. Design students communicate their design ideas through the use of scaled drawings and models that do not provide full scale spaces to experience. It is critically important for designers to be able to accurately visualize the designs they develop because it is only when the design is complete, that the space can be fully experienced. Educational design exercises that focus on experiential learning methods provide students with opportunities to not only analyze the building shells they are designing within, but also to study existing spaces that are similar to the ones they are designing. The experiences of interacting with, evaluating, and also contemplating design ideas within actual or similar spaces provide a direct full scale spatial representation. These experiences can then be directly applied as they learn to visualize their design ideas during the design development stages. This paper will explore experiential learning, its application to interior design pedagogy, and several experiential learning modules that have been utilized to support spatial design visualization strategies.

Keywords: Experiential Learning, Interior Design, Architecture, Visualization

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 5, Issue 5, pp.389-394. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 736.206KB).

Elizabeth Pober

Assistant Professor, College of Architecture, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA

Elizabeth Pober is an Assistant Professor in the Interior Design Division at the University of Oklahoma’s College of Architecture. She holds a Masters in Construction Administration and Bachelors in Interior Design both from the University of Oklahoma. She is NCIDQ certified and is a member of the Interior Design Educators Council (IDEC), the International Interior Design Association (IIDA), and The Network of the Hospitality Industry (NEWH). Her professional background included commercial, healthcare, retail and residential projects in the State of Oklahoma. Her teaching areas are basic design and graphics studios, architectural design and human factors, computer drafting, modeling, rendering and animation, and travel abroad programs for design and construction students. Her research areas include technological design visualization methodologies, abstract concept development and creative thinking in the design development process, alternative solutions and design psychology for aging populations and design pedagogy.


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