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Course Number:
BCT 118
Course Title:
Introduction to Space Planning and Design
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Course Description

Covers elements and principles of color and design as they apply to functional and aesthetic space planning for kitchens, baths and storage areas of a house. Includes basic presentation skills and processes to incorporate design ideas, floor plans and materials presentation boards. Prerequisites/concurrent: ARCH 110. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

This is the entry-level course for the Hands on and Design Build Remodel program and is a prerequisite to all other required studio courses, and/or those classes that require that a student be able to create basic drafted drawings, and understand scale and measurement.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Communicate basic principles of spatial layout and planning to create a simple, functional and well designed residential floor plan that successfully meets the needs of clients.
  • Apply design elements and principles to formulate a design concept.
  • Understand the importance of developing a design concept that addresses a client's needs and desires in a remodel.
  • Create a professional presentation board conveying the design concept and applying solutions to the client.

Course Activities and Design

1. Professionalism
2. Communication and selling and idea
3. Design criteria and client program
4. Spatial layouts, activities and ergonomics
5. Universal Design and American with disabilities act
6. Project planning and time management Issues
7. What constitutes good or poor design / taste /style
8. Recognizing the elements and principles of design
9. As built measurements and drawings used as
communication tools
10. Bubble diagrams and the design formation process
11. Drawing to scale and measuring floor plans and elevations
12. Architectural symbols and their use
13. Recognizing the concepts behind the elements and
principles of design; zones, adjacencies, alignments

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Outcome Assessment Strategies
1. Create a professionally presented design journal demonstrating skill in recognizing the design principles.
2. Create a design solution for a small building that meets a client's spatial and function needs after interviewing that client.
3. Evaluate a given floor plan for design success according to the student understanding of spatial design and the application of ADA accessible and universal design concepts.
4. Create professional presentation board(s) that include the
following: a client program, drafted and scaled floor plans and elevation drawings, as well as designed plan layout, and materials and surfaces specified.
5. Understand the importance of and be able to apply a variety of techniques to create effective communication of design as appropriate to the industry
6. Understanding use of color and how it relates to material selections.
7. Participate in, and contribute to, all class and team discussions and in-class work critiques.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

1. Take as-built measurements from an existing building and use to draw a scaled floor plan utilizing appropriate architectural symbols
2. Use architectural drafting standards to create drawings of proposed plans, elevations and solutions
3. Analyze and apply a client's needs to the creation of effective, well designed floor plans
4. Understand universal and accessible design and what constitutes 'good' space planning
5. Understand and meets client needs as well as aesthetically pleasing environment (space)
6. Uses professionalism in all presentations and develop techniques to create a variety of presentation types
7. Recognize the elements and principles of design in interiors and related areas