INDES 471 Capstone Design Studio I • 5 Cr.


Focuses on the problem solving discipline of the design process and its application to interior design. Sequence begins by focusing on concept development to achieve design goals, and application of theoretical knowledge and technical skills to research, develop, and document design process, product, and proposals. Students work on a variety of professionally relevant self-directed interior design projects, pursue an individualized area of inquiry and project context, and prepare a detailed analysis, program, concept and schematic design presentation. Builds on research begun in INDES 440. Prerequisite: Acceptance to the program, 15 credits in Studio Design courses (INDES 370, 371 or 372), and INDES 440, all with a C or better.

Description starting Summer 2020

The first of two capstone thesis studios, focusing on the programming and schematic design phases of the design interior process. Students explore a self-selected area of interior design inquiry identified and analyzed in INDES 440, and prepare a detailed program, site analysis, concept and schematic design presentation. Students participate in a required field learning experience, travelling to building sites in a complex urban context. Prerequisites: Admission to BAA program and upper-division studios. INDES 382, INDES 391, and INDES 440 with a C or better.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Master appropriate integration of multi-platform technology and tools, as well as knowledge of complex building systems that influence interior design solutions.
  • Evaluate, synthesize, and apply relevant contexts and precedents from field learning, case study and other research to inform interior design solutions, including various strategies for achieving human wellbeing, comfort, and performance.
  • Combine visual, verbal, and written presentations to communicate a persuasive programming and schematic design narrative, using highly sophisticated design strategies and varied expressive methods. 
  • Assume a primary role and responsibilities in directing an interior design process, including the tools and dynamics of effective multi-disciplinary collaboration and team leadership. 
  • Achieve creative fluency, flexibility, and originality to explore and generate multiple design ideas that respond to unique thesis, program, and site parameters, providing imaginative direction for the design development phase.
  • Employ methods of inquiry, data collection, and analysis to effectively frame, synthesize, and present the interconnected issues underlying a complex interior design issue.
  • Apply relevant and advanced-level interior design knowledge, skills, and abilities to the problem- and project-based scenarios of an individualize design thesis, intent, program, and site.