INDES 471 Capstone Design Studio I • 5 Cr.


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.