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INTR 3100 - Residential Studio - Kitchens

Residential Interiors Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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Course Details

This studio course focuses on the design and planning of residential kitchens and adjacent spaces through lectures, research and field trips as well as individual and group assignments. Students will begin by exploring the historical evolution of the kitchen in order to better understand how and why the NKBA standards were established. Building on the design process established in prior studio courses, students will conceptualize, analyse and plan workable design solutions based both on a detailed client needs survey and NKBA design standards. Students will implement the principles of universal and barrier free design while adhering to BC Building Codes. The latest design and technological trends for residential kitchens will be explored in order to produce a set of comprehensive design and construction drawings that incorporate state-of-the-art appliance, cabinetry, lighting and finish specifications. Students will be introduced to local kitchen suppliers on field trips to gain an understanding of design and specification possibilities. Students will create working drawings and specifications aligning with NKBA documentation standards, and will present their design solutions through formal presentations.


65% in INTR 3010, INTR 3020, INTR 3030, and INTR 3040.



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Learning Outcomes

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

  • Apply design theory principles into the development of kitchens and adjacent spaces for residential environments.
  • Describe the history and trends in design for residential kitchens and adjacent spaces such as mudrooms, pantries, secondary kitchens and laundry areas.
  • Discuss how cultural considerations impact kitchen design.
  • Describe how kitchen design research has contributed to the NKBA Planning Guidelines.
  • Evaluate client needs and prepare a program based on a client survey.
  • Apply components of universal design, accessibility, anthropometrics and proxemics to residential kitchen design.
  • Develop design solutions, which incorporate current building codes.
  • Coordinate design solutions with architectural elements such as walls, doors and windows as well as electrical and mechanical conditions.
  • Implement sustainable and healthy building practices as well as energy and water efficiency policies.
  • Contrast and compare kitchen appliances, plumbing and lighting fixture specifications and the suitability of implementation into a design project.
  • Apply creative lighting effects and select appropriate luminaires for residential kitchens.
  • Generate a set of construction drawings and specifications using NKBA presentation and construction document guidelines.
  • Justify design solutions through written and verbal communication.

Effective as of Winter 2016

Related Programs

INTR 3100 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Construction and the Environment

  1. Kitchen & Bath Design
    Part-time   Associate Certificate
  2. Residential Interiors
    Part-time   Diploma


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