Interior Detailing

Second Year
ARCH 1096

Image by Amanda Masip

Image by Amanda Masip


Tutor: Amanda Masip
Schedule: Monday 9:00 - 12:00
Location: TBC

Luminescence will explore the creation and curation of space Through the composition of light, colour and shadow of elemental objects or installations. It aims to question how interior space is defined and will examine the interdependent relationship of light and forms, specifically its reflections, diffusions, translucencies, and resultant spatial perceptions. Students will learn the process and work flow of using digital technologies in design development, experiment with forms and materiality, analysing its effect with light and space. Finally, students will experiment with the composition and organisation of a complex system of objects and will compose its overlaying reflections and distribution of light and shadow to create experiential spaces.

Image by Arthur Georgalas

Image by Arthur Georgalas


Tutor: Arthur Georgalas
Schedule: Wednesday 9:00 - 12:00
Location: 100.05.002

Students will delve into the world of lighting design and explore how pendant lights compliment an interior space.

You will achieve this by creating physical mock ups and developing your CAD modelling/ rendering skills to better understand how pendant light shades can be used to cast shadows and direct light.

Each student will use their newly developed skillsets to design and prototype a pendant light for an interior context of their choice.

Design Processes

- Understanding Contexts for Design
- Critical Thinking and Analysis
- Sketching
- Digital Modelling  
- Digital Image Rendering
- Digital to Physical Workflows
- Physical Prototyping at 1:1


- Rhino/ Grasshopper
- Autodesk VRED or Rhino VRAY

Image by Joel Goodal

Image by Joel Goodal


Tutor: Joel Goodal
Schedule: Wednesday  9:30 - 12:30
Location: TBC

Within this exploration of material students will work directly with concrete, steel and timber to create objects sensitive to the human form.

Students are asked to reimagine this world of brooding, cold and dangerous architecture consisting of concrete, steel and timber and develop a new aesthetic that “softens the edges”.

You will learn the process of developing these objects from design stage all the way through to fabrication, meaning you will be getting you hands dirty!

Throughout this exploration students will:

  • Create traditional perspective workshop sketches

  • Design objects with the constraints of a brief attached to the process

  • Model and prototype objects at the design/fabrication stage

  • Play with construction based materials

  • Make and build using tradition and new joining techniques

  • Market your final product in an industry-simulated presentation.

By working directly with the materials associated with this exploration students will start the process of thinking out side the box in interior detailing.

This process will instil the idea that by pushing the boundaries of material and form spaces can be transformed and take on an emotion and feel of their own.



Tutor: Luca Luna
Schedule: Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30
Location: 100.05.005

As designers, artists and spatial practitioners we reflect the contemporary condition, our usage of materiality, form and function are laden with politics. We ask, can we create new chess that is contemporary and radical better reflecting a generation of change.

In Politics of Play we asked students to deepen their understanding of design aesthetics. Chess here is the metaphor, undermining chess through design is to undermine the hegemony that created it.

Either entirely or partially in the Politics of Play we will attempt to redesign the game of chess. This time reflecting contemporary concerns in qualities and gender with the resultant projects either broadening chess’ appeal or critiquing it. Each design will be personal and thoroughly considered.

The studio intends to test your ideas of research and critical design though making and materiality with the intention of exhibiting final works at a public exhibition.

Image by Chris James

Image by Chris James

Nike Air Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan. Image by Tomooki Kengaku. Zinc Mine Museum, Norway. Image by Aldo Amoretti.

Nike Air Exhibition, Tokyo, Japan. Image by Tomooki Kengaku.
Zinc Mine Museum, Norway. Image by Aldo Amoretti.


Tutor: Chris Tomoya James
Schedule: Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30
Location: 100.05.006

Installation is a technical studies subject where students are tasked with designing and making temporary installations within Building 100. The primary objective for this subject is for students to gain a deeper understanding of how things are put together by focusing on detailing through the act of physically making their designs.

This subject will be conducted as a mini design studio and maker workshop so students are advised that they will be expected to each invest funds (rough estimate: $50 - $300) and time in the workshop making their designs in groups of four.

Outcomes for this subject include a process folio, a technical drawings package, and an installation piece. Students will be marked individually on their technical drawings and folios and as a group for their installation.



Tutor: Daniel Seyd
Schedule: Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30
Location: 100.05.004A

If you could chose a book to create a perfectly designed display for what would it be? A first edition novel, a rare manuscript or set of antique maps, a religious text, a copy of the constitution, a book for the visually impaired?

Students are asked to design & document a compact space to display a specific book for a particular site on campus using one principle material. The design, including material selected, must reflect the nature of the book, complete  with detailed examinations of key issues - user interaction, the art of display, lighting, materiality, & a specific design response to the site.

The size of this space will be approximately 1.5 x 1.5 x 2.1m with the option to ‘spill out’ into adjacent areas if required.

The compact nature of the site requires both a precise concept & all details fully considered
• How can you best display your book ?
• How can the book be viewed, & space interacted with by passers by ?
• Can there be a digital or interactive aspect to the display ?
• Could the design be completely digital - an interactive app ?
• What building material or finish best reflects your book ?

The project will include in depth site survey, analysis & documentation, and students will be required to create a unique design that responds to the characteristics & qualities of this site. You will also undertake your own research on exhibition, display & experiential design, as well as examine issues of site, context, scale, lighting & immersive experience, and how technology could play a part in your final design.

As part of the design process students will produce both freehand & technical drawings at various scales, assessing how they can be effectively used to communicate your idea, as well as resolve design details. Students will also be  using model making as a way to examine the site as well as test how best to display a book.

A visit to the Escher x  Nendo exhibition at NGV has also been arranged (student cost $25 each).

The first few weeks of the semester include a number of week-long exercises that introduce you to the issues at hand, developing skills as the semester progresses for your site-specific project, culminating with a final submission of  drawings as well as scale model / mock-ups of your design.
Although small in size, this project will be dense in detail.

The week to week schedule is much like a typical office project, & by semester end you’ll have taken a small project  from concept to completion !

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Diogene by Renzo Piano at Virta Campus

Diogene by Renzo Piano at Virta Campus


Tutor: Linda Raimondo
Schedule: Wednesday 9:30 - 12:30
Location: 100.05.004B

There is a desire to be self-sustainable in today’s global world. Our current cultural practices of endless consumption have led to the warming of our climate which is causing immediate and direct changes to the planet. Why stay tethered to the grid in a fixed location when you could live in a compact mobile pod that can be transported to the location of your choice? The proposed project in this course will involve research and design of a small shelter which will be a self-sufficient, modular structure that is mobile and can be re-positioned onto any site.

Students will explore and investigate:
• Analogue, digital, old, new and emerging technologies to sustain a small structure for living.
• Materiality which will have a low environmental impact and are also locally sourced.

This subject will focus on material research and experimentation, investigation of energy technologies, hand drawing, model making and three-dimensional drawing. Innovation and new ways of designing interiors will be encouraged through the following learning outcomes:
• material consideration
• ecological thought
• technological research
• ethical manufacturing

The subject will involve a site visit to CERES where students will attend a tour giving an overview of innovative local solutions to energy and water sustainability, food production and community building. Students will be required to allow $15 - $20 to attend the tour.

A secondary tour focusing on materiality and environmental manufacturing will be located at the Jardan furniture design + manufacturing hq. Students will learn about waste management, sustainable materiality, carbon neutral and future manufacturing.