Jill Bouratoglou

Course Description:  The course will investigate the adaptive reuse of existing buildings and will focus on design projects, involving the redesign and expansion of existing structures.

Research, document and redesign an existing historic structure for rehabilitation will be the main focus of the course.

Course context: This studio focuses on the design development and detailing of both a commercial and a residential project. ¬†Areas of study include determination of needs, program development, functional relationships, development of a ‚Äėparti‚Äô, schematic design and design development which includes the integration of structure, mechanical, lighting, plumbing fixture selection, interior materials, finishes, space programming and furniture layout.¬† Students will be required to meet current design and functional needs of the design problem‚Äôs program as well as code requirements

Prerequisites: ARCH 2410 with a grade of C or higher, or AAS degree in architecturally related field

Recommended Text:  The Interior Dimension: A Theoretical Approach to Enclosed Space Joy Monice Malnar, Frank Vodvarka, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 1991

Color, Space, and Style: All the Details Interior Designers Need to Know but Can Never Find. by Chris Grimley, Mimi Love, published by Rockport Publishers 2007.

Suggested Reference:  Interior Graphic Standards, 2nd Edition  by Corky Binggeli and Patricia Greichen , published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2010

Architectural Graphic Standards [12th Edition], by Ramsey and Sleeper, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2016.

Attendance Policy: No more than 10% absences are permitted during the semester. For the purposes of record, two lateness are considered as one absence. Class lectures and in class work are critical to student success.

Academic Integrity: Students and all others who work with information, ideas, texts, images, music, inventions and other intellectual property owe their audience and sources accuracy and honesty in using, crediting and citation of sources. As a community of intellectual and professional workers, the college recognizes its responsibility for providing instruction in information literacy and academic integrity, offering models of good practice, and responding vigilantly and appropriately to infractions of academic integrity. Accordingly, academic dishonesty is prohibited in The City University of New York and is punishable by penalties, including failing grades, suspension and expulsion.

Suggested Text:              Texts will be assigned according to the subject covered that day.

Course Structure: A series of problems will be assigned to be developed by the student and presented to the class through architectural drawings and/or models.  Ongoing critiques and final jury presentations will be an integral part of the course.

Grading:                   One Design project with two phases. One phase will be commercial component and the second phase the residential component

Phase 1                                       45%

Phase 2                                       55%

Each Phase  will be evaluated based on:


25%      Research Assignments (Site Analysis, precedent study, program of spaces)

25%      Concept Design

40%      Final Design

10%       Class Participation

A final grade of C or higher is required in this course to use it as a prerequisite for subsequent courses.

Learning Objectives:  Upon successful completion of this course the student shall:

  1. Develop a schematic design to the next level of detail: Design Development.
  2. Integrate furniture, lighting, plumbing, interior detailing and finishes into their design.
  3. Formulate alternate design solutions for the renovation of interior details of existing buildings taking into account aesthetic and building code requirements.
  4. Produce a complete Design Development set of a given design project including drawings, material board and cut sheets.
  5. Research new material, products and furnishings that can be used in their design.
  6. Survey an existing facility to determine the relevant changes required for alteration work and the appropriateness for new work


To evaluate the students’ achievement of the learning objectives, the professor will do the following:

  1. Review students’ creative process (initial sketches through to the final project) by means of frequent pin-ups.
  2. Assess the students’ use of professional vocabulary during oral presentations.
  3. Review students’ ability to incorporate materials and furnishings into their design work.
  4. Review students’ ability incorporate a concept into their design work.

 Extent and duration of projects

 Phase 1

  • 7 weeks
  • Commercial Project, small scale project on a specific urban site

Phase 2

  • 8 weeks
    • Continuation of project one with design development with Residential aspects

Course Outline:

Week 1:  Introduction to course content and overview with discussion of the various factors affecting the design development of a design problem.  Discussion of human space and needs.

Introduction to Phase 1 of the design project. Analysis and development of facility function, image, public appeal density and urban impact.

Site visit.

Assignment: Analysis of existing building drawings, its systems, urban impact & program. Site model

Week 2:   Site analysis and Development of parti and conceptual ideas.

Precedent Studies

Week 3: Introduction to spatial Organization, program development and space planning. Discussion of furniture layout, space planning.

Assignment: Space adjacencies and matrix

Week 4:  Commercial bathroom discussion including material, fixtures and ADA layout.  Enlarged bathroom with materials and fixture required.  Discussion of differences of residential and commercial interior materials, finishes and colors. Flooring and furniture layout lecture.

Discussion of a material board and finish schedule and its uses.

Introduction to Material Journal.

Assignment: Development of Parti and Schematic Plans.

WEEK 5   Mid-term Pin up

Floor Plans with furniture layout

Exterior elevation in context

Interior elevations


Color scheme

3D representation, physical model and digital model

Week 6:  Discussion of various lighting techniques, ceiling types and different lighting types.  A lighting plan and cut sheets of lighting selections required.

 Review of project and discussion of presentation techniques and models

Week 7: Jury critique of Phase 1 and Introduction of Phase 2. Discussion of the differences between Residential and Commercial design in relationship to materials, codes, fixtures and space planning

Week 8:  Conceptual Ideas and development of schematic design

Week 9. Precedent studies and analysis and development of program requirements for facility.

Assignment: Design: Bubble diagram and matrix

 Week 10:  Discussion about working as a team, using consultants and developing a cohesive project

Assignment: Exterior Elevations & Massing

Week 11:  Desk crit: Design development

Weeks 12:  Discussion of entrance, signage, exterior space, landscaping and elevation.  Elevation incorporating these elements required. Design development Pans, Sections Elevations.

Week13: Reviews before final presentation

Week 14:  Review and development of all aspects of the design development and detailing of the project as previous discussed.  Preparation of final documents for final Jury.  The introduction of color and rendering into final presentation drawings.

Week 15: Final  Jury




3 Responses to Syllabus

  1. Noura says:
    Good morning Professor Jill,
    I apologize for the late submission my file that i was updating didn’t save in school and i had to redo some work ūüôĀ

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