Interior Design Projects III

Teaching staff

Pau Vidal

Pau Vidal

Graduated in Architecture from the ESAB and the École Nacional Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles.

Graduated in Architecture from the ESAB and the École Nacional Supérieure d’Architecture de Versailles.

In 2003 Pau began developing his own work for different associations. His work has been published and exhibited at a number of events, such as the Venice Biennale or the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio, and has received several awards and commendations, including the Premi Ciutat de Barcelona 2011 d’Arquitectura i Urbanisme. He is currently a lecturer on the Degree Final Project at the BAU, Design College of Barcelona.

Mariel Fuentes

Mariel Fuentes

Architecture graduate from the Faculty of Architecture and Urbanism at the Universidad de Chile.

Holder of a Master’s degree in Interior Design from the Universidad de Salamanca. Designer specialising in architectural lighting design with over 10 years of professional experience. Mariel is currently a board member of the Association of Professional Lighting Designers – APDI

Fact sheet

Formal qualifications: Bachelor's Degree in Design

Credits: 6

Course: Fourth

Typology: Elective Interior Design

Code subject: GDVI04


The starting point of this course lies with the abilities that students have already acquired for taking a critical stance on situations involving conflict, challenges, innovation, etc. They will put into practice different methods in order to reach appropriate results that meet the requirements of interior design.

During the semester, students will develop these skills in order to reach new goals:

  • 1.1 They will learn to carry out assigned interior design projects at a professional level.
  • 1.2 They will be focusing on developing the specific interior design knowledge they have acquired over the semester in the interior design itinerary through the execution of various projects.



This subject is organised around one single project, which consists of developing an interior design proposal for a space in the commercial sector.
The different stages required to carry out an interior design proposal will be reviewed from a practical point of view at the workshop.

The project will be carried out according to the guidelines below:

  • The Commercial spaces. Context.
  • The Client and the buyer. User.
  • What does an assignment involve? The designer and the client.
  • Analysis: The customer "Briefing".
  • Perception in commercial spaces I and II:
  • Light, colour, material, smell, sound, set design.
  • Light as a marketing tool for commercial spaces.
  • Purposes in commercial spaces I and II:
  • Areas and pathways on the sales floor, visual merchandising and categories.
  • The physical and psychological comfort: light, noise, sound, temperature, colour, ergonomics, usability, proportion.
  • Proposal materialisation:
  • The description of the proposal and the description of the construction process.
  • Lighting.
  • Prototyping.
  • Verifying the solution with the user’s experience.
  • What we show the client: The strategy of the presentation.



  • The student successfully conducts critical research to solve an actual problem presented by a client (be it a business or an institution).
  • Follows specific project processes that are adjusted to the challenges of designing spaces involved with the field of ecodesign.
  • Integrates the knowledge, skills and abilities specific to their spatial imagination and transfers them to new project situations which are specific and determined by the concepts of ‘permanent’ and ‘ephemeral’.
  • Applying the representation techniques for the design of interior spaces in 2 and 3 dimensions, while incorporating expressive languages and planimetric, volumetric, digital and formal representation systems.
  • Applies representation techniques in 2D and 3D to interior design by using the language of the planimetrics, volumentrics, digital and formal representation systems.
  • Effectively plans their own work within interior design team projects throughout its different stages.
  • Is able to successfully handle complex situations, or those which require new solutions, both in academic and professional contexts in the interior design field.
  • Is able to successfully share knowledge, methodologies, ideas, problems and solutions with all kinds of audiences, specialised or otherwise (clients, manufacturers, suppliers…) in a clear, precise way, using the specialised terminology of interior design.
  • Defines their own personal learning goals and designs development processes that are consistent and feasible when considering the objectives that have been set and their deadlines.



  • 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
  • Presentation of projects