Interior Design students redesign RPT classroom space

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Advanced Interior Design capstone course is offered each spring semester in the Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel Department. The course is designed to inspire high-level design thought that is based on evidence based methodologies as well as other developed approaches to design such as biomimicry, biophelia and ergonomics. Students in this course are required to complete a senior thesis project as their culminating experience. These projects may be hypothetical in nature but are often real world projects that include on and off campus community partnerships.

Gym 118This year (Spring 2018), the thesis project is a partnership that was initiated by Professor and Chair of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Erik Rosegard and designed along with Associate Professor Gus Vouchilas, who teaches the design course. The project scope is to redesign GYM 118 to better align the entire space with student and faculty classroom needs while providing an updated overall look. To initiate the process, students in the interior design course were invited to the Gym for presentations by Rosegard, who spoke on needs to consider for the project, and Director of Academic Technology Maggie Beers, who is currently working on a long-term academic technology project called "Classroom 2025: Active Learning Spaces in Support of Student Success," and who offered students useful information based on recent student success classroom design projects that she has worked on at SF State. Each of these presentations, along with guidance from CHSS Facilities & Operations Specialist Samantha Ward and CHSS Director of Operations/Comptroller Ryszard Dziadur, helped the students in developing their initial understanding of the project scope.

The project outcome will include all project specifications of purchase items, pricing, a floorplan of the entire gym classroom, three-dimensional views of the space and written expression that indicates student inclusion of an evidence-based design approach, a core concept of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences Body of Knowledge and the key goal of the project. The students will work within a specific budget and in a competition format. If a student design is selected, he or she will be awarded a financial prize. Student senior thesis project designs will be on display in Burk Hall 334 from April 30 through May 10 and will be open to the entire campus community.

Pictured: GYM 118 in its current state