British Columbia Institute of


INTR 3100 - Residential Studio - Kitchens

Residential Interiors Part-time Studies Course

School of Construction and the Environment

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.





Spring/Summer 2018

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2018 term.

CRN 64629

Wed Apr 11 - Wed Jun 27 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 11 - Jun 27 Wed 18:00 - 21:00 BBY NE01 Rm. 351


Sara Patterson

Course Outline

TBD – see Learning Outcomes in the interim




  1. Mandatory Requirements: 65% in INTR 3010, INTR 3020, INTR 3030, and INTR 3040 If you wish to be placed on the INTD department maintained waitlist for this course, please email with the following information: Your name, student number, course number, and CRN.

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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

Books & Supplies

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Spring/Summer 2018

Books for Spring/Summer 2018 offerings of this course are available in the following BCIT online bookstores. Please choose the bookstore appropriate for the offering you are considering.

BCIT Burnaby Bookstore

If you are taking this course, but are not taking it through either Distance Education or Online Learning, nor at the BCIT Downtown Campus (DTC), please purchase books for this course at the BCIT Burnaby Bookstore.

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Bc Building Code 2012 Without Plumbing (2 Binders) (7610004001)
Author Code
Copyright 2013
Binding Kit/Set/Package
Price $259.95

Electrical Code Simplified: Residential Wiring, Multi Province
Author P.S. Knight
Publisher Thomas Allen
Copyright 2018
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-0-92031-266-7
Price $22.95

Electrical Code Simplified: Residential Wiring: MultiProvince Book1 (AB, BC, ON, SK, MB, NB, NS, PEI, NFLD)
Author P.S. Knight
Publisher P.S.Knight Company
Copyright 2015
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-0-92031-253-7
Price $20.95

Human Dimension and Interior Space: A Source Book of Design Reference Standards
Author Julius Panero, Martin Zelnik
Publisher Watson-Guptill
Copyright 1979
Binding Hardback
ISBN 978-0-82307-271-2
Price $38.50

Kitchen Planning: Guidelines, Codes, Standards
Author NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association)
Publisher Wiley
Copyright 2013
Binding Hardback
ISBN 978-1-11836-762-9
Price $130.50

NKBA Kitchen and Bathroom Planning Guidelines with Access Standards
Author NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association)
Publisher Wiley
Copyright 2016
Binding Spiral
ISBN 978-1-11921-600-1
Price $16.50

Residential Interior Design: A Guide To Planning Spaces
Author Maureen Mitton, Courtney Nystuen
Publisher Wiley
Copyright 2016
Binding Paperback
ISBN 978-1-11901-397-6
Price $85.50


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