Interior spaces are physical expressions of life lived, and as such as an interior architecture course, there is a responsibility to facilitate our students to both understand and question the inhabitation of space, including the analysis of the past and speculation around future lives (to be) lived.
BA(Hons) Interior Architecture (BAIA) at Brighton is the longest standing Interior Architecture course in the UK, our undergraduate degree comprises a three-year exploration into the nature of interior space with respect to its physical and conceptual territories. As society changes, so does the way we engage with the space and context around us – through our design studio briefs and projects we therefore place an importance on exploring the possible implication of these changes on the way we think about space, experience and human behaviours.
Below you will some examples of the unique learning experiences our students enjoy.
Here second year students engage in script-writing, film-making, set design, and post-production techniques to communicate topics of personal interest and speculate on the (un)desirable future of a local construction site.
SysMat or ‘Systems and Materials’ is that way that we, on the BAIA course talk about ideas that spin off from the traditional notion of ‘technology’ in architecture and refers to all manner of systems (structural, technical, economic, social etc) as well as ideas around making, production, construction, material testing and prototyping from the scale of the object or prop to the scale of the building. On our BAIA we focus on the re-use of existing buildings, which the students must respond to, so each student will be working within a found condition. Sites this year are all in Brighton and include the Hippodrome building, the fallen West Pier and multiple ‘monuments’ surrounding the Queens Park area of the city.
The key to a reflective practice is developing the skills to critique the work of others, so our students are guided through peer review processes from first year, enabling them to understand, and replicate, the qualities that make work that is well communicated and authoritative.
Final year students have the opportunity to engage with practice mentors and BAIA alumni to assist them in developing an ambition and identity for the kind of spatial designer they want to be and the type of contribution they hope to make to society through their practice.
This photo taken at the ‘Interior Educators’ Summer Show at Truman Brewery Brick Lane after we had been announced winners of the National ‘Best Course Exhibition’ which was also won in 2016. Other recent awards include
Winners of National Studio Design Project (2019) Meg Collis
Runner-Up in National Writing Prize (2019) Geena Wood