In interior design, programming is like detective work. It’s the process of gathering and analyzing information about a problem before trying to solve it with design.
Programming and Site Analysis
Review and understand different research methods and tools used for programming and site analysis. Know standards that determine functional space needs and how they represent the project context.
Become familiar with different tools used in site analysis to represent the client's goals and space needs. As part of the schematic design phase, designers may use block diagrams, drawn to scale after bubble diagrams. These visually depict the spatial relationships developed in adjacency matrices.
This content area includes 15 items worth 15% on the Interior Design Fundamentals Exam. For example:
Research methods (interviewing, surveying, case studies, benchmarking/precedent)
Analysis tools (e.g., spreadsheets, site photographs, matrices, bubble diagrams)
Project context (e.g., space use, culture, client preference)
Site context (e.g., location, views, solar orientation)
Sustainable attributes (e.g., indoor air quality, energy conservation, renewable resources)
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