Course in Interior Spaces

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In this course, students are introduced to the complexities of developing interior spaces, which requires a special thinking of how humans relate to space. The main focus, therefore, lies not only on the definition of space in its physical form and function, but in particular on the experience of space, its perception by humans.

During the two-week program, students will explore the relationship between building elements, the aesthetics of a space and the perceived atmosphere in the space through short exercises and a final small-scale interior design project.

Students will develop skills of observational and spatial drawing, model making and material investigations alongside comprehensive research and analysis as part of the design process.

Aimed at

The course is aimed at students with an academic background who want to gain insight into the creative, multi-faceted discipline of interior design. It is both suitable for students who have some knowledge in interior design or architecture and those from other design fields who want to focus their attention on spaces in which we live and interact.

Compulsory: basic computer knowledge and skills including programs such as Word, Adobe, InDesign or an equivalent program.

Desirable skills: sufficient skills and digital knowledge of programs that allow accurate drawings in two dimensions and if possible, knowledge of programs such as, Sketch-Up Illustrator, Photoshop. Hand drawing and model making skills are encouraged in this course.

Needed material

Laptop with necessary programs mentioned below, a smartphone (to take pictures), a sketchbook DIN A5 or DIN A4, a pencil for precise drawings, a medium size black pen, colored pencils and other types of pens for sketches and freehand drawings. A small (15cm) triangular scale ruler with at least the following scales on it: 1:100, 1:50, 1:20, 1:25…


By the end of the course students will have learned the fundamentals of the development of spatial concepts and spatial design. Priority is given to learning strategies that foster critical thinking, problem solving and decision-making capabilities.

Together with the gained theoretical knowledge students will be able to produce small scale models, sketches and drawings that would deepen the knowledge and provide with the necessary skills for an accurate communication and presentation of an interior design project.

Structure and contents
Part 1: Spatial elements and spatial perception

Introduction to building elements that constitute a spatial environment whose physical form and shapes determine the aesthetics and functions of a space. By using examples, students decipher the qualities of the elements and discover their special properties, uses and effects in space.

Part 2: Design Process

By activating the design process in the phases of conceptualization, design development and representation, students are familiarized with the methodology of interior design. In a practical exercise Students apply the gained knowledge and learning experience to investigate further how space determine human behavior, identity and well-being. At the heart of the project is the creation of an aesthetically attractive and functional space that enhances spatial quality and a meaningful environment for the user.

Daniela Hartmann

Daniela Hartmann is a professional interior architect graduated in Germany. She is founder of Daniela Hartmann Design, a Barcelona-based interior design studio that specializes in residential, commercial and public projects. Before founding DHD, she was co-founder of the architecture office Hidalgo Hartmann. Her career has been recognized with many awards and widely published in specialized national and international magazines and books. Daniela has extensive teaching experience in undergraduate studies as well as postgraduate studies at Elisava School of Design and Engineering.