Interior Design Projects I

Teaching staff

Mariona Genís

Mariona Genís

PhD in Architecture (UPC). Architecture graduate from the ETSAB, UPC. Coordinator of the Technical Department at BAU. Postgraduate Degree in Restoring and Rehabilitation of the Architectural heritage (UPC). 

Coordinator of the line of research concerned with Teaching innovation in/and by means of design for GREDITS (Design and Social Transformation Research Group). Architecture graduate from the ETSAB (UPC). Mariona has developed many projects concerned with the design, rehabilitation and restoration of spaces that have been published in a variety of media and by a number of public administrations like the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Local Architectural Heritage Service of the Barcelona Provincial Council. 

Fact sheet

Formal qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Design

Credits: 6

Course: Third

Typology: Elective Interior Design

Code subject: GDVG03


The starting point of this course lies with the abilities that students already possess to take a critical stance, through various methods, when faced with situations involving conflict, challenges, innovation, etc. In this course, students will develop all these abilities and methods within the field of interior design.

During this process, the student will fulfil the following goals:

  • 1.1. Develop design projects based on different thematic proposals, which will be related to redesign and sustainability, from their own perspective while considering the context and environment around us.
  • 1.2. Apply the specific knowledge of interior design that they have already gained to the development of various projects.
  • 1.3. When developing projects, proper use of the different categories of space and languages of expression specific to interior design.



Interior design projects:

  • Introduction of topics: progress and tradition, the ecological footprint.
  • Detection of potential problems or opportunities related to the discussed topics that can provide solutions through design proposals.
  • Selection of appropriate research methods to define the boundaries of the problem.
  • Implementation of a method that provides creative solutions from interior design to solve the initial problem.
  • Execution of interior design projects.

Specific contents of the field of interior design:


  • Dimension:
    • Measures, proportion, scale
    • Contrast versus analogy
  • Perception-emotion:
    • Space, memory and ritual
    • Dialogue versus rupture
    • Production versus crafting
  • Use:
    • Programme
    • User

Environment, sustainability

  • Dimension:
    • Relationship with context
    • Movements and itineraries
  • Perception-emotion:
    • Light, colour, texture and space
    • Comfort
  • Use:
    • Public versus private
    • Prevailing and ephemeral spaces
    • Space categories



  • Applies knowledge specific to interior design to challenges committed to the context (redesign and sustainable design).
  • Carries out projects by using different categories of space and adjusts them to the languages of expression of flat and volumetric representation techniques.
  • They collect and interpret relevant data and information on which to base, when necessary and appropriate, reflections on social, scientific or ethical issues from the field of design.
  • Proposes interventions in line with democratic and sustainability-related values while respecting the fundamental rights of individuals.
  • Uses the audiovisual language and other related resources to express and present content linked to the specific knowledge of interior design.



  • SS1. Critical analysis and evaluation of the consequences and implications of proposals raised in design projects, both the student’s own and those of others, and their adjustment to suit the social, economic, political and cultural context.
  • SS2. Integration of knowledge and approaches related to cultural, artistic and historical references in design, to practical design projects in creative and innovative ways.
  • SS3. The ability to conceptualise and experiment with suggestions for design projects, and approach them with a proactive and problem solving attitude that will facilitate decisive solutions to real or potential problems, all the while taking into account the integration of cultural, artistic and instrumental approaches.
  • SS4. Apply appropriate methodologies and varied research according to the subject matter, both for knowledge management and for formal experimentation and production that meets academic and professional standards.
  • SS5. Excellent command of languages of expression, graphic representation techniques, digital imaging tools, and formal and manual production techniques specific to different fields of design, thereby enabling their consistent application in the experimentation, development, execution and presentation processes inherent to professional projects.
  • SS7. Consider the properties and behaviour of the materials used in the different fields of design, in order to use them at the professional level in their own productions with aesthetic sensitivity and social and environmental responsibility.
  • SS8. Mastering the use of aesthetic and symbolic codes of communication, as well as specific design languages, to adapt the communicative intention of any given project to the vision of the user.
  • SS9. Implementation of design projects which provide alternative solutions and propose improvements based on functionality and viability. These solutions and improvements must also be able to respond to problems or changing situations in advance, through the development of a formal production at a professional level.
  • SS10. Effective contribution to cooperation and collaboration structures for the development of action plans with the capacity to adapt to the varied working methods of different creative teams.



  • Observation of participation
  • Monitoring of the work produced
  • Reports from students and tutors
  • Realisation of works or projects