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Residential Studio - Social Spaces INTR 4000

Residential Interiors Course

Course details

This course builds on previous studio courses to provide students the opportunity to design residential interior spaces beyond the kitchen and bath. Students will explore social areas such as entries, staircases, dens/offices, living rooms, family rooms, bars, media, games rooms and outdoor living spaces. This course has an emphasis on volume development - students will explore, design and detail advanced ceiling configurations, staircase tread and handrail options as well as incorporate level changes into a residential space. Project considerations related to design and construction for various types of fireplaces will be explored. Students will develop a detailed client program to apply innovative and critical thinking to respond to human factors, functional and aesthetic considerations. Students will also gain practice and critique in furniture, window coverings and lighting fixture selection in addition to staging with art and accessories. Students will create working drawings and specifications aligning with industry documentation standards, and will present their design solutions through formal presentations.






Course offerings

Fall 2023

Below is one offering of INTR 4000 for the Fall 2023 term.

CRN 44192


Sat Sep 09 - Thu Dec 07 (12 weeks)

  • 12 weeks
  • CRN 44192
  • $1527.88
Class meeting times
Dates Days Times Locations
Sep 09 - Dec 02 Sat 09:00 - 12:00 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 351
Sep 14 - Dec 07 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Burnaby NE01 Rm. 351

Sara Patterson

Course outline




Important information
  1. No class September 30th and November 11th. If you wish to be placed on the INTD Department maintained wait-list for this Course, please email with the following information: Your Name, Student Number, Course Number, and CRN. Waitlist requests are not accepted until after 9:30am on registration day. ***Please note*** - Students who do not meet the mandatory prerequisites will be dropped without notice.

In Progress

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Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Evaluate client needs and prepare a program for design for social spaces.
  • Apply an advanced understanding of design theory principles into the development of creative social spaces for residential environments.
  • Incorporate design and construction considerations for entries, dens/offices, living rooms, family rooms, bars, media and games rooms.
  • Apply components of universal design, accessibility, anthropometrics and proxemics to social space design.
  • Identify code requirements and life safety factors for consideration in creating level changes and the design of staircases.
  • Create innovative design solutions for architectural elements such as fireplaces, stair assemblies and ceiling configurations for a residential space.
  • Identify electrical and fixture requirements when designing for the integration of stereo/TV components into millwork.
  • Develop a furniture, window coverings and accessories design and specification package for a residential project.
  • Generate a set of construction drawings and specifications.
  • Explore trends in the design of exterior social spaces such as patios, balconies, decks and pool areas.
  • Justify design solutions through written and verbal communication.

Effective as of Winter 2016

Related Programs

Residential Studio - Social Spaces (INTR 4000) is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Residential Interiors
    Diploma Part-time


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