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Continuing Education . Pre-College . Classes . Interior Architecture + Design 

Interior Architecture + Design

Have you ever thought about why stores, restaurants, hotels, libraries, hospitals, and homes look and function the way they do? 


This course will teach you the elements, principles, and theory of architecture as applied to residential and commercial environments. Through a combination of lectures and hands-on studio projects, you will learn the general process of sketching, drawing and the basic principles of architecture. We will explore the fundamentals of design and space planning, as well as basic skills and techniques of both visual and oral presentations. These skills will include drafting, rendering, perspective drawing, material selections and critiques, and will be used to develop projects of your choice. Throughout this two-week course you will be encouraged to develop imaginative, responsible design solutions to problems created by the physical limitations of the built environment.


The first week of this course will focus on the review of the elements of design in relation to environments and interior spaces, and the various tools designers use to communicate their ideas. Students will begin with a design problem of their choice, and will brainstorm on contemporary and innovative ways to resolve that challenge. During the second week, students will learn about professional presentation and display of their final designs, and how to add finishing touches into their environments.

Projects and topics that will be explored include the history of interior design and architecture, creating layouts and floorplans in traditional and digital media, sustainable and green design concepts, creating an inspiration board, adding details like texture and furniture and presentation of a final design.


Jody Amsden received her BFA in Interior Architecture at Cleveland Institute of Art. Jody is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) accredited professional with a passion for green design, and creative problem-solving. Her clients have included Coco-Cola, Wal-Mart, KeyBank, Wells Fargo and Huntington Bank to name a few.